You might think of Navy SEAL David Goggins as the ultimate badass, but he’s also one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. And although he once held the world record for most pull-ups (4,030) in 17 hours, he says his feats are nothing compared to what humans are capable of.
Goggins has spent his life doing seemingly impossible physical challenges to prove that we can do anything we set our minds to.
David Goggins has gone from being fat and out of shape to one of the best endurance athletes on the planet. He’s also an accomplished triathlete, ultramarathoner, and one of the top five finishers in the World’s Toughest Mudder competition.
Goggins isn’t just inspiring people to get in shape; he’s also motivated a generation of people to overcome their fears and take risks, no matter how risky or foolish they may seem at first glance.
Here are some of David Goggins’ best quotes that will inspire you to never give up, no matter how challenging your goals may be!
Fear is my ultimate guide. ―David Goggins
Life is one big tug of war between mediocrity and trying to find your best self. ―David Goggins
You gotta start your journey. It may suck, but eventually you will come out the other side on top. ―David Goggins
To those people who say ‘I’m good’, you ain’t good man, you ain’t never f***g arrived. That’s just my mentality. You may have more than I do, but you’ve never f***g arrived. ―David Goggins
We like to live our lives on social media with lies about ourselves about how great we are. Get to the source! Fix the problem. ―David Goggins
When you think that you are done, you’re only 40% into what your body’s capable of doing. That’s just the limits that we put on ourselves. ―David Goggins
The only way that you’re ever going to get to the other side of this journey is by suffering. You have to suffer in order to grow. Some people get it, some people don’t. ―David Goggins
The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself. ―David Goggins
Life isn’t always about doing the things we like to do. It’s about doing things we have to do. ―David Goggins
A lot of us don’t know about another world that exists for us because it’s on the other side of suffering. That’s the real growth in life. ―David Goggins
You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential. ―David Goggins
It’s a lot more than mind over matter. It takes relentless self-discipline to schedule suffering into your day, every day. ―David Goggins
In the military, we always say we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training. ―David Goggins
Seeds burst from the inside out in a self-destructive ritual of new life. ―David Goggins
If you can get through doing things that you hate to do, on the other side is greatness. ―David Goggins
From the time you take your first breath, you become eligible to die. You also become eligible to find your greatness and become the one warrior. ―David Goggins
If you ever tell me that I can’t do something, I’m going to let you know, in some way, that I am going to do it. ―David Goggins
Know why you’re in the fight to stay in the fight! And never forget that all emotional and physical anguish is finite! ―David Goggins
Don’t worry about the elements around you and what’s going on. You gotta get out there and get it. ―David Goggins
Analyze your schedule, kill your empty habits, burn out the bullshit, and see what’s left. ―David Goggins
In order for me to be the person that I wanted to become, I saw myself as the weakest person that God ever created. I wanted to change that into being the hardest man ever created. ―David Goggins
Nobody cares what you did yesterday. What have you done today to better yourself? ―David Goggins
You can will yourself to do almost anything you want. ―David Goggins
Life is a battle between trying to find more of yourself knowing that the real you is afraid, likes comfort, likes to be patted on the back, and doing what you need to do to get better. ―David Goggins
No matter what avenue I choose, I want to be the very best. And, the very best may not be #1, but the very best may be ‘Did I leave everything inside of me out there?’ ―David Goggins
Every morning in our lives, we have a choice to make. You have the choice to stay in bed and say ‘Forget it, I’m not going to work out today.’ or ‘Forget it, I’m not going to work hard today.’ That’s your choice that you make every single day of your life. Make the right decision. ―David Goggins
Don’t limit expectations of yourself and settle for anything less than what you are truly capable of achieving. ―David Goggins
You’re not going to find greatness by looking in a book or by listening to me. I may give you the spark, but you’ve got to go inside yourself to find it. ―David Goggins
It’s funny, humans tend to hatch our most challenging goals and dreams, the ones that demand our greatest effort yet promise absolutely nothing when we are tucked into our comfort zones. ―David Goggins
If you choose to do something, attack it. ―David Goggins
You are giving up instead of getting hard! Tell the truth about the real reasons for your limitations and you will turn that negativity, which is real, into jet fuel. Those odds stacked against you will become a damn runway! ―David Goggins
We have the ability to go in such a space, if you’re willing to suffer, and I mean suffer, your brain and body once connected together, can do anything. ―David Goggins
Pain unlocks a secret doorway in the mind, one that leads to both peak performance, and beautiful silence. ―David Goggins
The more things you can do to get outside of that zone that makes you feel good, the stronger your mind is going to get… It’s not fun, but now my mind is used to it. ―David Goggins
We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training. ―David Goggins
Greatness pulls mediocrity into the mud. Get out there and get after it. ―David Goggins
The human body can withstand and accomplish a hell of a lot more than most of us think possible, and that it all begins and ends in the mind. ―David Goggins
We live in a world where a lot of people need goals, motivation, and a lot of other words to get started. It’s just a big excuse to not get started. ―David Goggins
A warrior is a guy that goes ‘I’m here again today. I’ll be here again tomorrow and the next day.’ It’s a person who puts no limit on what’s possible. ―David Goggins
Before you open your mouth and criticize someone, think about how you would feel if you were the person you were criticizing. ―David Goggins
The reason it’s important to push hardest when you want to quit the most is because it helps you callous your mind. It’s the same reason why you have to do your best work when you are the least motivated. ―David Goggins
Physical challenges strengthen my mind so I’m ready for whatever life throws at me, and it will do the same for you. ―David Goggins
You want to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. Period. ―David Goggins
The only person who was going to turn my life around was me. The only way I could get turned around was to put myself through the worst things possible that a human being could ever endure. ―David Goggins
You can tolerate doubt as a backseat driver, but if you put doubt in the pilot’s seat, defeat is guaranteed. ―David Goggins
When you’re exhausted, weak, and tired and everyone around you looks just as bad as you or even worse – that’s the perfect time for you to make a statement. You let everyone around you know that when their life ends, that’s when yours begins. ―David Goggins
My happiness is my reflection on the suffering during my journey and knowing that I never quit nor was I guided by anybody on this earth. ―David Goggins
The Buddha famously said that life is suffering. I’m not a Buddhist, but I know what he meant and so do you. To exist in this world, we must contend with humiliation, broken dreams, sadness, and loss. ―David Goggins
It’s easier to accept the fact that you’re just not good enough. We all have a lot more than we think we have. ―David Goggins
No matter who you are, who your parents are or were, where you live, what you do for a living, or how much money you have, you’re probably living at about 40 percent of your true capability. ―David Goggins
Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you’re f*cking nuts. ―David Goggins
If you want to get better, do the things that no-one else wants to do. Do the things that no-one is even thinking about doing. ―David Goggins
Teach yourself that it isn’t OK to take the easy way out. Make sure you are bothered by the things you set out to do but did not complete or make time for in the day. ―David Goggins
Denial is the ultimate comfort zone. ―David Goggins
Like the Taoists say, those that know don’t speak, and those who speak, well, they don’t know jack shit. ―David Goggins
Your entitled mind is dead weight. Cut it loose. Don’t focus on what you think you deserve. Take aim on what you are willing to earn! ―David Goggins
People take classes on self-help, mental toughness, breathing control. The only way to get tougher is to put yourself in hellacious situations. ―David Goggins
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to become civilized. ―David Goggins
Always be willing to embrace ignorance, because that is the only way to expand your body of knowledge and body of work. It’s the only way to expand your mind. ―David Goggins
Everyone fails sometimes and life isn’t supposed to be fair, much less bend to your every whim. ―David Goggins
If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it. ―David Goggins
The vast majority of us are slaves to our minds. Most don’t even make the first effort when it comes to mastering their thought process because it’s a never-ending chore and impossible to get right every time. ―David Goggins
Success is based off of your willingness to work your ass off no matter what obstacles are in your way. ―David Goggins
Don’t get mad at others because life is kicking your ass. ―David Goggins
I thought I’d solved a problem when really I was creating new ones by taking the path of least resistance. ―David Goggins
Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability. ―David Goggins
If you’re willing to suffer, and I mean suffer, your brain and body once connected together, can do anything. ―David Goggins
You’re gonna fail, you’re gonna be in your head, and you’re gonna be saying I’m not good enough. It’s about how you overcome that. ―David Goggins
You may lose the battle of the morning but don’t lose the war of the day. ―David Goggins
You are stopping you. You are giving up instead of getting hard.– David Goggins
We all want to take this four-lane highway, but we always step over the shovel. All I did was pick up that shovel and made my own path. ―David Goggins
When you fall down, focus on the solution, not the problem. You might quit or fail 100 times. Keep that clear picture of where you want to be. ―David Goggins
There is no more time to waste. Hours and days evaporate like creeks in the desert. ―David Goggins
You have to build calluses on your brain just like how you build calluses on your hands. Calluses your mind through pain and suffering. ―David Goggins
Take time to take inventory of your life. Look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable. ―David Goggins
Suffering is a test. That’s all it is. Suffering is the true test of life. ―David Goggins
It’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you. ―David Goggins
Believe it or not, most people prefer delusion. They blame others or bad luck or chaotic circumstance. ―David Goggins
Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end. ―David Goggins
Never let people who choose the path of least resistance steer you away from your chosen path of most resistance. ―David Goggins
The mind is the most powerful thing in the world. The mind has capabilities that are so unknown, and being able to tap into that is on the other side of suffering. ―David Goggins
We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse. ―David Goggins
We are all great. No matter if you think you’re dumb, fat, been bullied, we all have greatness. You gotta find the courage. It’s going to be hard work, discipline, and the non-cognitive skills like hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, will set you apart. ―David Goggins
Mental toughness is a lifestyle. ―David Goggins
Thicken your skin. Become more of a human being. Don’t be afraid of the reflection in the mirror. ―David Goggins
I was the sum total of the obstacles I’d overcome. ―David Goggins
Even if you are hurting, never let your competition see the look of defeat or even vulnerability on your face. ―David Goggins
It’s going to be hard work, discipline, and the non-cognitive skills – hard work, dedication, sacrifice – that will set you apart. ―David Goggins
The hard part is getting to that point, because the ticket to victory often comes down to bringing your very best when you feel your worst. ―David Goggins
True willpower. I’m going to f*****g fail, I’m going to f*****g fail, I’m going to f*****g fail, and I will succeed. ―David Goggins
At the end of the day, hard work may not be enough. You still may fail. But you keep going out there and go after it. ―David Goggins
It’s about what we do with opportunities revoked or presented to us that determine how a story ends. ―David Goggins
The things that we decide to run from are the truth. When you make excuses, you’re running from the truth. ―David Goggins
I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done. ―David Goggins
I’m a big believer of doing something that sucks every single day of your life. I believe it’s a key component into strengthening your mind. ―David Goggins
Motivation is crap. Motivation comes and goes. When you’re driven, whatever is in front of you will get destroyed. ―David Goggins
Everyday you’re trying to find more of what you’re capable of – and that’s the big question. What are you capable of? Stop doing the things that you do every day. If you run everyday, go swim. ―David Goggins
You will never learn from people if you always tap dance around the truth. ―David Goggins
No one is going to come help you. No one’s coming to save you. ―David Goggins
The only reason why I became successful was because I went towards the truth. As painful and as brutal as it is, it changed me. It allowed me, in my own right, to become the person who I am today. ―David Goggins
The only thing more contagious than a good attitude is a bad one. ―David Goggins
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How did David Goggins become a Navy SEAL?
After serving in the Air Force for four years, Goggins transferred to the Navy and became a SEAL in 2001.
What are some of David Goggins’ accomplishments?
Goggins is a three-time Ultraman World Champion, six-time Ironman triathlon finisher, and four-time Badwater Ultramarathon finisher. He has also set numerous world records, including the Guinness World Record for most pull-ups (4030) completed in 24 hours.
What is the David Goggins Challenge?
In 2005, after being discharged from the Navy, Goggins created his own fitness challenge called The Warrior Dash. It was originally just an event for military personnel, but eventually grew into something that anyone could participate in. The Warrior Dash still exists today and can be found across the United States.
What is the book written by David Goggins?
The books he’s written is Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy The Odds.
What are David Goggins’ best quotes?
I fiind these David Goggins my favorite:
* We have the ability to go in such a space. If you’re willing to suffer, and I mean suffer, your brain and body once connected together, can do anything.
* I understand the temptation to sell short, but I also know that impulse is driven by your mind’s desire for comfort, and it’s not telling you the truth.
* I became the roughest critic in the world on myself, and that’s what truly changed me.
* Don’t limit expectations of yourself and settle for anything less than what you are truly capable of achieving.
What does Daivd Goggins say about human limit?
I believe that limits only exist in our minds. When I look back at some of the things I’ve done–like 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons –I realize that if I had thought like everyone else, which is It’s impossible, those feats would have remained nothing more than fantasies. So when someone tells me they’re considering quitting because they’re afraid they’ll fail, my response is simple: They’re right!
David Goggins is one of the most inspirational people out there. His story is one of overcoming adversity and never giving up.
David Goggins’ quotes show that no matter what life throws at you, you can always overcome it.
So next time you’re feeling down, remember these words from David Goggins and never give up on yourself.
“There are some things in life we cannot control, but we do have control over how we react or respond to them. Life is going to happen. There’s nothing I can do about that, but how am I going to respond?”
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