86+ Best David Goggins Quotes: Exclusive Selection

David Goggins is an American ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, motivational speaker and author. Goggins is a retired United States Navy SEAL and former United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member who served in the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. Inspirational David Goggins quotes will help you to develop mental toughness and make you unbeatable.

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Most Famous David Goggins Quotes

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 gotta start your journey. It may suck, but eventually you will come out the other side on top. – David Goggins

You have to build calluses on your brain just like how you build calluses on your hands. Callus your mind through pain and suffering. – 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

It’s so easy to be great nowadays, because everyone else is weak. If you have ANY mental toughness, if you have any fraction of self-discipline; The ability to not want to do it, but still do it; If you can get through to doing things that you hate to do: on the other side is GREATNESS – David Goggins

It’s okay, you might be called a nigger one day. It’s okay…Let them call you that. What are you going to do now? They don’t own your life. How you’re going to control that now?…Thicken your skin. – David Goggins

We live in an external world. Everything, you have to see it, touch it. If you can for the rest of your life, live inside yourself – to find greatness, you have to go inside. – David Goggins

Human beings change through study, habit, and stories. Through my story you will learn what the body and mind are capable of when they’re driven to maximum capacity, and how to get there. Because when you’re driven, whatever is in front of you, whether it’s racism, sexism, injuries, divorce, depression, obesity, tragedy, or poverty, becomes fuel for your metamorphosis. – David Goggins

Very few people know how the bottom feels, but I do. It’s like quicksand. It grabs you, sucks you under, and won’t let go. When life is like that it’s easy to drift and continue to make the same comfortable choices that are killing you, over and over again. But the truth is we all make habitual, self-limiting choices. It’s as natural as a sunset and as fundamental as gravity. It’s how our brains are wired, which is why motivation is crap. Even the best pep talk or self-help hack is nothing but a temporary fix. It won’t rewire your brain. It won’t amplify your voice or uplift your life. Motivation changes exactly nobody. The bad hand that was my life was mine, and mine alone to fix. – David Goggins

Everybody comes to a point in their life when they want to quit. But it’s what you do at that moment that determines who you are. – David Goggins

It hurts, but that’s all it does. The most difficult part of the training is training your mind. You build calluses on your feet to endure the road. You build calluses on your mind to endure the pain. There’s only one way to do that. You have to get out there and run. – David Goggins

When you think that you are done, you’re only 40% in to what your body’s capable of doing. That’s just the limits that we put on ourselves. – David Goggins

Failure is an option. It’s what you do with the failure that makes you who you are. Our failures mold us. I have failed at several things in my life. What sets some of us apart, is that when we fail, we can’t sleep at night. It haunts us until we have our time at redemption. – David Goggins

Don’t Stop when you are Tired. Stop When You are Done. – David Goggins

I’m different than most people…when I cross the finish line of a big race, I see that people are ecstatic, but I’m thinking about what I’m going to do tomorrow. It’s as If my Journey is everlasting and there is no finish line – David Goggins

With the Special Ops Warrior Foundation’s help, we put 266 kids through college last year. And that’s what keeps me going. I’ll be honest, I don’t like running. I don’t like biking. I don’t like swimming. I do it to raise money. But, now that I’m in this sport, I want to see how far I can push myself. What makes me tick is that pain you feel when you do these ultramarathons. I love knowing that everyone’s suffering because I know I can suffer just a little bit more. I can take a lot of pain. – 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. But it is up to you to equip yourself for the battle ahead. 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

No matter what you or I achieve, in sports, business, or life, we can’t be satisfied. Life is too dynamic a game. We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse. Yes, we need to celebrate our victories. There’s power in victory that’s transformative, but after our celebration we should dial it down, dream up new training regimens, new goals, and start at zero the very next day. I wake up every day as if I am back in BUD/S, day one, week one. – David Goggins

We are all fighting the same battle. All of us are torn between comfort and performance, between settling for mediocrity or being willing to suffer in order to become our best self, all the damn time. We make those kinds of decisions a dozen or more times each day. – David Goggins

We are all guilty of allowing so-called experts, or just people who have more experience in a given field than we do, to cap our potential. One of the reasons we love sports is because we also love watching those glass ceilings get shattered. If I was going to be the next athlete to smash popular perception, I’d need to stop listening to doubt, whether it streamed in from the outside or bubbled up from within, and the best way to do that was to decide that the pull-up record was already mine. I didn’t know when it would officially become mine. It might be in two months or twenty years, but once I decided it belonged to me and decoupled it from the calendar, I was filled with confidence and relieved of any and all pressure because my task morphed from trying to achieve the impossible into working toward an inevitability. – David Goggins

Most of us sweep our failures and evil secrets under the rug, but when we run into problems, that rug gets lifted up, and our darkness re-emerges, floods our soul, and influences the decisions which determine our character. – David Goggins

Very few people even bother to try to control the way their thoughts and doubts bubble up. 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. The average person thinks 2,000 – 3,000 thoughts per hour. That’s thirty to fifty per minute! Some of those shots will slip by the goalie. It’s inevitable. Especially if you coast through life. – David Goggins

Similar to using an opponent’s energy to gain an advantage, leaning on your calloused mind in the heat of battle can shift your thinking as well. Remembering what you’ve been through and how that has strengthened your mindset can lift you out of a negative brain loop and help you bypass those weak, one-second impulses to give in so you can power through obstacles. – David Goggins

We know life can be hard, and yet we feel sorry for ourselves when it isn’t fair. From this point forward, accept the following as Goggins’ laws of nature: You will be made fun of. You will feel insecure. You may not be the best all the time. You may be the only black, white, Asian, Latino, female, male, gay, lesbian, or [fill in your identity here] in a given situation. There will be times when you feel alone. Get over it! Our minds are fcking strong, they are our most powerful weapon, but we have stopped using them. – David Goggins

We use these words and phrases that ‘Only the strong survive’ and all of this other crap. They’re just (expletive) words. – David Goggins

Somewhere in your life, there’s going to be a point where you have a decision to make. You’re going to have to choose between taking the easy route and the hard route. A lot of people take the easy route and they have a good life that way. But the better life was by taking the hard route. You may have years of pain and suffering to try and get past it, but a lot of us die before truly starting our journey. – 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 together better. – David Goggins

In order for me to fix myself, I had to figure out what the (expletive) was wrong with . I was afraid of my shadow and I thought, ‘How can I overcome that? Go to the military, get your teeth kicked in, and go do the things that you hate to do. Be uncomfortable every (expletive) day of your life.’ Roger that. – 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’m not the smartest kid in the world. Instead of having somebody say ‘Oh no David, you’re smart, don’t say that to yourself!’, I said to myself ‘No, you’re a dumb (expletive). Ok, roger that. So, how do I get smarter? Educate yourself. – 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

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

Motivation is crap. Motivation comes and goes. When you’re driven, whatever is in front of you will get destroyed. – 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

In times of hell, in times of suffering, even the hardest men tend to forget who they really are. – David Goggins

I believed that for the last miles that I was indestructbale. I took myself while I was sitting in that chair, crapping up my back, peeing blood down my leg, shin splints, stress fractures, I used all of that for motivation instead of negativity. I asked myself ‘Who on this (expletive) earth would still be going right now? You are. – David Goggins

I’m not a naturally gifted or god-given guy. I don’t have a great amount of talent in anything. What got me through horrible times was my dark side. I created Goggins. Goggins is the guy who would take anything you put in front of him. You wanna break my (expletive) legs, then so be it. – David Goggins

I want you to know that I’m comfortable being very uncomfortable. – David Goggins

People say ‘Man, you cuss all of the (expletive) time. Why?’ Well, I can’t sit here and say ‘I went through hell week and it was really hard. No. That (expletive) takes your damn soul, rips it inside out, and then they say now we’re going to (expletive) start. – David Goggins

You will never learn from people if you always tap dance around the truth. – David Goggins

Thicken your skin. Become more of a human being. Don’t be afraid of the reflection in the mirror. – David Goggins

Most of this generation quits the second they get talked to. It’s so easy to be great nowadays because most people are just weak, If you have any mental toughness, any fraction of self-discipline – the ability to not want to do it, but still do it – you’ll be successful. – David Goggins

The reason why I put myself through the things I hate doing is because I am callusing my mind. Im training for life so that when something tragic happens in my life, I don’t fall apart. I’m training my mind, my body, my spirit so its all one so that I can handle whatever life is going to throw at me. – David Goggins

If you’re not physically and mentally prepared for what life is going to throw at you, then you’re just going to crumble, And then, you’re no good to nobody. – David Goggins

I hated shooting guns, I hated jumping out of airplanes, I hated the job as a Navy SEAL. But, I did it so that I could change myself. – David Goggins

No matter what avenue I choose, I want to be the very best. And, the very best may not be #, but the very best may be ‘Did I leave everything inside of me out there?’ – 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

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

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 – hard work, dedication, sacrifice – that will set you apart. – 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

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

What I realize is that I wasn’t born as this (expletive), I made him. At the bottom of insecurities, fear, self doubt, lies… was me – buried in the (expletive) fetal position. How I got out of that was by recognizing it, being honest with it, being truthful with it and then fixing it. – 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

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

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

I became the roughest critic in the world on myself, and that’s what truly changed me. – 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

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

The more things you can do to get outside of that zone that makes you feel good, the stronger your mindis going to get. It starts getting used to doing (expletive) like this. It’s not fun, but now my mind is used to it. – David Goggins

They see me now as the guy who can do, pull-ups in hours, but what they don’t understand is the journey that got me to this point. Before this, I was the exact opposite of the person I am today. – 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 people that can control that feeling of flight and say ‘No (expletive), there’s a way through this. It’s not going to be forever.’ are the ones that make it through it. – David Goggins

When you take a hot shower, the first thing that you think about is why the (expletive) did I quit. So what keeps me going is that I have quit several things. I know what’s on the back end of quitting. It’s a lifetime of thinking why the (expletive) did I do that. – David Goggins

Everybody wants a quick fix like minute abs – you may get some results from it, but those results won’t be permanent. The permanent results come from you having to suffer. You have to make that a tattoo on your brain so that when the hard time comes again, you don’t forget it. – David Goggins

We all like 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

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

The worst thing that can happen to a man is to become civilized. – David Goggins

To those people who say ‘I’m good’ – You aint good man, you ain’t never (expletive) arrived. That’s just my mentality… You may have more than I do, but you’ve never (expletive) arrived. – David Goggins

You want to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. Period. – David Goggins

There’s a bunch of guys that don’t like me and I don’t give a (expletive). I’m a warrior. – 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

True willpower. I’m going to (expletive) fail, I’m going to (expletive) fail, I’m going to (expletive) fail, and I will succeed. – 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

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

If you can get through doing things that you hate to do, on the other side is greatness. – David Goggins

As humans, we’re reading books every day to try to figure out how to be someone else. What we don’t do is go inside, turn ourselves inside out, and read our own story. You have to look inside to find out what you really want. – David Goggins

Suffering is a test. That’s all it is. Suffering is the true test of life. – 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

Life is one big tug of war between mediocrity and trying to find your best self. – 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

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

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

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. – 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 most important conversation is the one you have with yourself. – David Goggins

Stop making excuses. Stop being a victim. Take personal responsibility. – David Goggins

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