In order to become a body builder, one must make certain changes to their lifestyle. One must be able to think positively, and must do their best to maintain a good attitude during training. The positive attitude enables the person to keep moving forward and not allow the failures to discourage them. Being able to move forward, even after failure, is imperative because failure is a part of bodybuilding and a part of life. If the person cannot overcome failure, they will not be able to make progress because of fear of failing again. For success in bodybuilding, one must be able to set goals and drive themselves to attain them.
Keeping a diet going, being able to do a certain number of reps for a workout, cutting weight or gaining muscle mass are all goals that the bodybuilder must set and strive to attain. Along with this, the bodybuilder must never settle. They must never tell themselves that they have done enough work or that their condition is ‘good enough’. But how does one motivate themself to achieve all of these things? The answer is that they must be inspired. One person motivating another is simply one person trying to convince another to do something that they do not want to do. This rarely works for long.
However, a person who is inspired will let nothing stand in their way. Therefore, it is inspiration in bodybuilding that is the motivation for the change in lifestyle that is necessary to be successful. One person may inspire another, but ultimately one must reach inside in order to inspire themselves to be great. Self – discipline is the art of assuming total responsibility over ones behavior and mentality, and using this responsibility to push themself to achieve their goals. People usually have resentment towards self – discipline because it often means making a change, and change scares most people.
It is also repulsive for many because it involves doing what is right, rather than what is easy. Self – discipline is immensely important in bodybuilding because of its use in setting and achieving goals. Self-discipline aids in completing the goal that was set, no matter what one’s emotional state, financial or personal situation, or other dilemmas one may be dealing with. In bodybuilding this means being able to push past your perceived limits, and use your inspiration to move forward and make progress. If the person can hold their self – discipline in place over time, they can achieve any goal they set for themselves.
Impossible becomes nothing. Goal setting is imperative for bodybuilding success. It is the road map for reaching the destination you desire. When a bodybuilder is inspired to be the best they can be, they will set goals in accordance with that desired outcome. This means that they will not settle for just ‘good enough’. Their goals will be realistic, but will also push them. These set goals allow the person to see clear points along their path to success, and to always know the distance to the goal they strive to reach.
Goal setting allows the person to persevere through anything, including things like workouts that make them particularly sore, taking workout supplements that they think taste awful, or staying on their diet even though they crave unhealthy foods and drinks. In bodybuilding, setting goals allows you to keep the drive and momentum going for accomplishing the goals, and allows you never to slow down or let up until victory is achieved. The diet of a bodybuilder is imperative. A bodybuilder who is inspired to be great will always take great care of their nutrition.
In fact, bodybuilding is more based on nutrition than training. Though training is indeed crucial, a bodybuilder cannot succeed without the proper nutrients the body needs to grow and recover properly. Therefore, without the right diet, the training is not going to be nearly as effective. It takes a lot of self – discipline to stay on a strict nutrition plan. And when the plan is followed, it enables the bodybuilder to effectively support their training efforts and thereby achieve their goals more effectively.
For instance, when the bodybuilder is going to change their physique, they are going to need to change the nutrients, and set the diet up for that goal. So, when the bodybuilder with the inspiration for victory wants to make a change, they know to write out a plan for their nutrition, and to follow it flawlessly. Mental strength is what self – discipline and positive attitude come from. It is the most important aspect of the inspired bodybuilder. When a championship – winning bodybuilder goes to sleep at night, they ask themselves the questions: why go through all the pain and suffering?
Why keep up the grueling work? Why not settle for average? The championship – winning bodybuilder knows well that the answer is this: I am inspired to be great, and if anything will stand between me and my goal, it certainly will not be me! So, it is clear that the strongest asset to a bodybuilder is their mind. The mind is what sparked the fire of inspiration and the mind is what allows the person to overcome adversity. The body is the mirror of the mind, so in a sense, the body does what the mind says it can. Thus, bodybuilding is more of a mental game that a physical one.
So, developing and maintaining mental strength is the inspired bodybuilder’s first step. After all, without mental strength, one cannot maintain self – discipline or positive attitude. The bodybuilder has to be in control over their emotions and thoughts, for in the end, whether you think you can or think you cannot, you’re right! Your inspiration is your drive, it is the burning desire deep in your heart, when you want something so badly that you are willing to risk everything to succeed and achieve your goal.
This is what bodybuilding is made of: the inspiration for greatness. It is why the person wants to grow and become better than yesterday. Inspiration is their motivation for success. It provides the extra push to go beyond the limitations set by one’s self. It is as true in bodybuilding as it is in life; if you are inspired to be the best you can be, you will never stand in your own way. You will only succeed. Your legacy will be your victory. And that is the wisdom of bodybuilding.