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Martina Navratilova Quotes

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova quotes: interesting insight from one of the all-time tennis greats.

“If it feels right in your gut, this is who you are, this is what you do, this is what you feel, then don’t hide that.  You just stick to it and the world will catch up.”

“Remember this: you are the benchmark of your success – you define it.  Don’t let anyone else define it because if you do, you will fail.  Appreciate those who support you and challenge those who don’t.”

“Once you start believing in yourself, anything is possible.  Once you start believing in yourself, your dreams take shape.  The more you believe, the more you achieve.”

“Just put one foot in front of the other and don’t worry about the length of the path.  Once you get on that path, and the longer you stay on it, there eventually will come a time when you will not turn back.”

“Just go out there and do what you have to do.”

“Everything you do today impacts the next day as well as the future.  This is reality, not a dream.”

“Life is about challenges and how we face up to them and the attitude we take into every day life so hopefully we’ll be able to motivate people to do more with their life.”

“Was it just a bad day or did I not prepare properly?  There’s no great advice.  It’s just figuring out the problem and then figuring a solution to it, always staying in the solution.  This is what we’re going to work on so that it doesn’t happen again.  You just try to minimize those possibilities and keep trying to get better.”

“The only failure is to not try.”

“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”

“The fewer mistakes you make twice, the easier life is.”

“My therapist said, ‘You don’t ever make decisions based on fear because you make wrong decisions.'”

“The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”

“Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.”

“Losing still hurts, but that’s good.  When it stops hurting, that’s when I stop playing.”

“You can’t live in the past – there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“The better I get, the more I realize how much better I can get.”

“The mentality, that’s something you should be able to control.  Whether you are healthy or not, how fast you can run – they aren’t things you can work on – but the mentality should be.”

“Concentration is born on the practice court.  I just try to concentrate on concentrating.”

“Try to be honest with yourself.  Be honest but also be nice to yourself.  You see that with most champions – they’re perfectionists.  You beat yourself up too much.  I preach and I try to strive for excellence rather than perfection.”

“If you strive for excellence, perfection may happen.  It’s good enough to be excellent.  That’s good enough.  You don’t need to be perfect because perfection just happens by accident.”

“I am not looking for perfection.  I look for the best in me.”

“A positive attitude helps.  You have to be very positive and have a very short memory.  Long memory for the good stuff and short memory for the bad stuff.”

“The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst.”

“What matters isn’t how well you play when you’re playing well.  What matters is how well you play when you’re playing badly.”

“Disability is a matter of perception.  If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.”

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs.  The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.”

“Labels are for filing.  Labels are for clothing.  Labels are not for people.”

“Even on the tennis tour, I was lucky that I could come out because I knew I could still play tennis no matter what happened.  Endorsements, I didn’t care.  I lost a lot of money, but I just wanted to play tennis and be true to myself.  I knew I could still play no matter what.”

”When I get all these accolades for being true to myself, I say, ‘Who else can I be?  I can’t be Chris Evert.'”

“Just pay attention and get involved on a local level.  Change comes from the grassroots.  It should come from the top down.  It’s much quicker for it to happen from the top down, but these days, we have to do it from the bottom up.  So just stay vigilant and stay involved.”

“I think the key is for women not to set any limits.”

“What I would tell girls coming up is just be yourself and don’t let people get in the way.”

“Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.  It really centers you.  It narrows it down, whatever long-term goal you have.  It becomes more real and more current because it narrows it down in that, ‘What do you need to do today?’ and ‘Did you accomplish that goal?’  You have a big goal.  You break it into smaller goals, into smaller goals, until you get into, ‘Okay, what do I do today to get to that goal?'”

“If I feel strongly, I say it.  I know I can do more good by being vocal than by staying quiet.  I’d have a whole lot more money if I lied, but I wouldn’t enjoy spending it.”

“I have always had a disdain for authority and stupid rules that make no sense, and I still do.  I always question authority – always have, always will.”

“I’ve always been a proponent for the little guy, always defending the little kid against the bullies.  I’ll keep doing that because that’s just who I am.”

“Just by being out you’re doing your part.  It’s like recycling.  You’re doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you’re doing your part for the gay movement if you’re out.”

“People who are rich want to be richer, but what’s the difference?  The toys get different, that’s all.  The rich guys buy a football team, the poor guys buy a football.  It’s all relative.”

“When you make a lot of money, it just means you made a lot of money.  It doesn’t make you a better person.”

“Variety is what I would recommend: as variety is the spice of life in food, so it is in exercise.  Change it up.  But most of all, don’t overdo it.”

“Follow an exercise routine in which there is no routine.  Whenever something becomes routine, you don’t pay attention to it anymore.  I rarely do the same routine twice which keeps me interested and focused.”

“I advocate eating nutritious food (I’m a vegetarian), working out, being in top form mentally and physically.”

“When you get tired, you start making bad decisions, which goes for real life too, which is why it’s always important to take good care of yourself, period.”

“I am healthy.  I have been blessed with a very good body, and I have worked hard at it.”

“I’ve been in the twilight of my career longer than most people have had their career.”

“My mom told me to cover up my arms ever since I was little because I was muscular.  She wanted me to be feminine, which did not come easy to me.  My body was what it was, and I worked it to be a better tennis player.”

“I just wanted to play tennis.  It wasn’t a job.  It was an ambition.  I knew I could make money at it.  I was 18 – old enough to think I could do it, young enough not to consider the consequences.”

“When I reached America, there was so much space and color.  The possibilities seemed endless.  At least that’s how I felt at 18.  But of course, I didn’t have to take the usual immigrant route of battling to find a job and a home in a strange country.  I could play tennis.  I spoke the language, and I was making money.  It was easy, really.”

“I just wanted to leave no stone unturned.  Tennis has given me soul.”

“I’ve given many lessons in many sports over the years to many different people.”

“I hit some great shots in my lifetime; now I hit a decent shot and I get a standing ovation.”

“I hope, when I stop, people will think that somehow I mattered.”

“I think retirement beats the heck out of life after death, that’s for sure.”

“I know some of my self-worth comes from tennis, and it’s hard to think of doing something else where you know you’ll never be the best.  Tennis players are rare creatures: where else in the world can you know that you’re the best?  The definitiveness of it is the beauty of it, but it’s not all there is to life and I’m ready to explore the alternatives.”

“I made these two really nice tables and I just thought, wow, I’m so thrilled to have done that!  I just love that sense of creating something with my own hands.  Now I sure ain’t gonna be as good a carpenter as I am a tennis player, but that doesn’t mean it won’t give me pleasure.  I like the simple things in life these days.”

“I shouldn’t say I’m looking forward to leading a normal life, because I don’t know what normal is.”

Related: Serena Williams quotes.

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