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Affirmations for Athletes: Your Playbook for Positive Thinking

Searching for that extra edge on the field, court, or pitch? Good news: you have the ultimate competitive advantage already, in your own mind. And these affirmations for athletes will help you unlock the power of positive thinking and help you achieve your athletic dreams.

February 5, 2024
5 min

The Best Affirmations for Athletes

In the world of sports, the game isn’t just about muscles and sweat. Your mental game is just as important, and you can fuel it with the power of affirmations and positive thinking. 

From the locker room to the training field, the way you talk to yourself can be a game-changer. Because when you move beyond the physical aspects of the game, mental toughness gives you an undeniable edge.

Continue your journey to greatness by practicing these inspirational affirmations for athletes. 

Motivate yourself

Game on! 

These motivating affirmations for athletes will hype you up as you work hard to meet your competitive goals, on and off the field.

  • I take action every day toward achieving my goals.
  • I am only in competition with who I was yesterday.
  • I refuse to give up on myself or my goals.
  • Note to self: I am going to make you so proud.
  • I am unstoppable when I am determined. 
  • My refusal to fail is my guarantee of success.
  • Challenging does not mean impossible.
  • I strive for progress, not perfection.
  • I am the only one responsible for making my dreams come true.
  • I remain faithful to my goals.
  • I've got this.
  • I am capable of achieving all of my goals.
  • I am always moving toward my goals.
  • I trust that my hard work and determination will pay off in amazing ways.
  • I believe in myself and my ability to reach my full potential.
  • I am capable of overcoming anything; giving up on myself is not an option.
  • I find my strength by focusing on my desired results.
  • I am inspired to create positive changes around me.
  • I see the magic that happens when I dedicate myself to my goals.
  • I am resilient and able to achieve anything I set my mind to.
  • I am working hard to live up to my fullest potential.
  • I deserve the thrill of having my dreams come true.
  • I achieve every dream and goal through passion and commitment.
  • I challenge myself to keep going.
  • I am going to succeed.
  • I wake up excited to go after my goals.
  • I refuse to let a challenge hold me back.
  • I carve a path to success through sheer determination.
  • I am completely inspired to be the very best I can be.
  • I see small steps forward as progress, too.

Focus on your success

If there’s one thing top athletes agree on, it’s that visualization is one of the keys to success. Imagining what you want and seeing yourself achieve can light a fire within you that won’t stop until you’ve reached the pinnacle. 

These affirmations for athletes encourage you to go after your success with single-minded determination. 

  • I am fit and powerful. 
  • I am unstoppable. 
  • I am creating the body I want, one workout at a time. 
  • I am building strength and increasing my power.
  • I feed my spirit. I train my body. I focus my mind. This is my time.
  • I spend time on my body every day. 
  • I focus on how I feel, not just how I look.
  • I am determined to succeed. 
  • I eat healthy so I have the energy to train. 
  • I take care of myself physically, emotionally, and mentally. 
  • I feel my body growing stronger.
  • I am grateful I never give up.
  • I am ready to win, on the field or off. 
  • I see no limits to what my body is capable of achieving.
  • I train for what I want to achieve.
  • I am growing stronger, faster, and more dynamic each day. 
  • I enjoy the physical and mental benefits of working out.
  • I prioritize my goals.
  • I know that all of my athletic goals are attainable.
  • I give my body what it needs: exercise, sleep, and healthful foods.
  • I make time to take care of my body, mind, and spirit.
  • I have a disciplined mind and a strong body.
  • I am ready to show the world the best version of myself.
  • I am committed to being my healthiest self.
  • I am in a good mood after I train.
  • I push past my physical limits. 
  • My body achieves what my mind believes.
  • I am fully dedicated to achieving my athletic goals.
  • I grow stronger with each workout I complete.
  • I am the ultimate competitor. 
  • I am proud of how hard I’ve worked on my body.
  • I am choosing to make my mental and physical health a priority.
  • I am okay with being an amazing work in progress. 

Be kind to your body

And finally, be kind to your body! 

Athletes are known for beating up their bodies, both physically and psychologically. 

These body-positive affirmations for athletes will remind you to treat your body with love and acceptance. 

  • My body deserves unconditional love.
  • I choose to no longer criticize my body nor allow others to.
  • My body is a gift. I treat it with love and respect.
  • I deserve to feel good in my body.
  • I choose to be kind to my body.
  • My body is perfect in its own way and doesn't need to look like anyone else's.
  • My body is a miracle.
  • I choose to not compare myself to others.
  • I am at my happiest when I take care of my body.
  • I prioritize how I feel over how I look.
  • I am proud of every good choice I make for my body.
  • I am keeping my body healthy to keep my mind happy.
  • I enjoy feeling good about myself.
  • I am confident, capable, and gorgeous.

Final thoughts

When victory is often decided in just seconds, every advantage you can secure brings you closer to reaching your goals. Training not just your body, but also your mind, can give you the ultimate competitive edge. 

For more success-driving affirmations, visit the I am app. You’ll find categories that can help you improve any area of your life, with customizable widgets and reminders to keep you on track.

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