Do You Want To Succeed? 4 Techniques Help Like You Already Have!

I intend to help you get that mindset by showing you some techniques that will improve your way of thinking and have you believing you are a success. Here are 4 techniques that will help you succeed. Learn more.

Article Summary:
  • Your mind and mind set play huge roles in your progress and success.
  • Write down your goals and give yourself deadlines for extra motivation.
  • See yourself as a winner but don't be upset if you fail once in a while.

  • Introduction

    "To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are."
    -Muhammad Ali, Three Time World Heavyweight Champion

    Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, Roger Federer, Derek Jeter. Do you know what these athletes and celebrities have in common? They are all considered by a majority of the people around the world as the absolute best in their particular field or sport.

    There are thousands of people, in some case, millions that have participated in these same occupations. Why is it that these legends are considered the best? They played on the same level and had to follow the same rules. Why do those guys stand out?

    Why Is It That These Legends Are Considered The Best?
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    Why Is It That These Legends
    Are Considered The Best?


    The Power Of The Mind

      "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
      -Michael Jordan, Six Time NBA World Champion and 10 Time Scoring Champion

      Although the name of the game is bodybuilding, this sport is about much more than human physical activity. If you want to succeed in bodybuilding, whether you are a competitor, participate on some other level, or everyday gym rat, you have to have the mind set that you will make it happen. You must know for a fact that you are going to meet every one of your goals. It has to be a formality in your mind that you are going to be a champion.

      When you look in that mirror, you can't just see your reflection staring back at you. That is a winner, a success story, and someone who knows where he is going not only in bodybuilding, but rather in life looking at you. It can be difficult at times to create that mind set for yourself. Trust me, I know.

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      I intend to help you get that mind set by showing you some techniques that will improve your way of thinking and have you believing, no, knowing that you are a success and will continue to be from now on.

      These are not ground breaking suggestions. Some are old-school strategies. The reason that they stand the test of time is because they work and a refresher course never hurts.


    Visualization

      "The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent."
      -Arnold Schwarzenegger, 7 Time IFBB Mr. Olympia and Governor of California

      When you go to the gym today, what do you want to do? Are you going to bench, squat, or do you want to set some different type of PR? Whatever it is, before you get started, I want you to go somewhere that you can be alone. It can be in the locker room, a corner, or stay in your car if you need to.

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      Now close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths. Whatever it is you are going to do today, picture yourself doing it. See the clothes you are wearing, feel the cold iron in your hand and the sweat on your brow. Mentally get yourself in that moment.

      I want you to think you are actually doing what you planned on doing that day right down to the pressure of the weight in your hands. See yourself succeeding. Count the reps in your head. 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... on and on until you meet your goal in your mind.

      I want you to do this for every exercise you are going to do that day. Now open your eyes. It should just be a matter of going in the gym and doing it. You are going to be much more likely to accomplish what you want to do in the gym on that day. Your workouts are going to be that much more productive than they have been in the past.

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    Writing Down What You WILL Do.

      "You don't ever go into anything saying you want to finish second."
      -Derek Jeter, Four Time World Series Champion and 10 Time MLB All Star

      Have you ever said you hope to lose so many pounds or want to lift so many pounds today? In this sport, hope doesn't get you far. If you do not put in the necessary work and effort, then you can hope all you want, but it just isn't going to happen.

      Drop the word hope and replace with the word will. You will lose 20 pounds. You will bench press 315 today. It is going to happen. In your mind, there is no force that is going to stop you from doing what you want to do. You do all the work, you have eaten all the right food, and you have all the necessary tools to meet them goals so it will happen.

      If you have any less than 100% certainty, then you aren't being fair to yourself or the people that support you. One way of showing this certainty is writing what you will do down. Save them on your computer, keep them in your gym bag or your car.

    One Way Of Showing This Certainty Is Writing What You Will Do Down.
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    One Way Of Showing This Certainty
    Is Writing What You Will Do Down.

      Take it one step farther. Write down your training log before you even leave to go work out. Look at that log before you go to train. If you see it in writing, it appears more official and you will work a little harder to make it happen.

      "I've been training so long, it's second nature to push myself to the limit."
      -Ronnie Coleman, 8 Times IFBB Mr. Olympia

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    The Power Of Deadlines

      "I want to be what I've always wanted to be: dominant."
      -Tiger Woods, 14 Time Golf Major Winner and 70 PGA Tour Victories

      Do you ever find yourself rushing to get something done at work because you don't want to be late turning it in? You have to meet that deadline or you don't get that bonus or worse, get fired from your job. To be truly successful in bodybuilding, you have to have that same intense focus on meeting your goals. It is one thing to say that you will lose 25 pounds. You cross a whole different line when you say this:

        "I will lose 25 pounds by December 31 of this year."

        "I will bench press 315 by October 1."

      Now you have that extra pressure on you. You are on the clock now. You have to do it by the end of the year to be successful. You are a successful athlete. Failure is not an option. Tick tock, tick tock. You better get to work.

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    Do Not Fear Failure!

      "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
      -Michael Jordan

      Although we want to think and conduct ourselves as we are successful, we are doing ourselves wrong if we thought we were perfect. There is no such thing as perfect. That means that unfortunately, we are going to fail at some point in our fitness journeys and our lives. It is how we handle failure that will eventually make us a success.

    It Is How We Handle Failure That Will Eventually Make Us A Success.
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    It Is How We Handle Failure That
    Will Eventually Make Us A Success.

      There are two ways to deal with failure. First and foremost, if you are going to fail, fail fast. If you notice something isn't working, change it as soon as possible. You want to move on and go with another strategy that will increase your chances of success. The quicker you move on, the quicker you will get on the right track, the better off you will be.

      Second, I want you to think of it not as if you failed, you just have not succeeded yet. It will not be the end of the world if you lose or miss your target by a couple of pounds. Your family will still love you, your friends will still support you, and you will not fail at everything else you try just because this didn't work out.

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      Shake it off, set a new deadline, and bust your butt that much harder to meet this target. Use that failure as more motivation to succeed. You may miss a deadline, but you can still meet the next one if you keep going. If you just quit, you will never ... wait, you are a bodybuilder. You will not quit.


    Conclusion

    They may be richer, more famous, and shown on TV more times than you are, but there is no doubt that you can have the same mind set as the legends. You can do anything you set your mind to. Regardless of your goals, you can accomplish them and eventually surpass them. Think like a champion, train like a champion, live like a champion, and you WILL be a champion.

    "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
    -Muhammad Ali