Watch the Rocky series:
Rocky 1 through Rocky 5 are some of my favorite movies. You might think, "What do boxing movies have to do with bodybuilding?" Everything! In every Rocky movie, he had to strive to become the best that he could be. He had to train hard and put everything he had into each and everyday. Rocky was faced with many challenges, which included people telling him he could not accomplish what he was trying to do as well as battling with his own doubts. When he hit a roadblock, he worked to blast through it. My personal favorite is Rocky 4. In this movie, Rocky had to fight what appeared to be an invincible opponent. Did he back down? Did he say, "I don't feel like training today?" I don't think so! As a result of this attitude he ... well you'll have to watch the movie.
Look at pictures:
Looking at pictures of bodybuilders whom you admire can be a big boost. Try picturing yourself with that persons body. My favorite bodybuilding is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Every night, I look through his book, Arnold's Modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, before I go to bed. This gives me something to think about. What do I need to do in order to achieve a body like that? What habits of mine do I need to change? If you workout at home, you can put pictures up on the walls. For those who read my articles, you know my weak point is my chest. Beside my mirror in my gym, I have a picture of Arnold from the 1974 Mr. Olympia contest. His chest is huge in this picture. This helps me envision what I am trying to create. Let's say for instance that you need to work on your triceps. Try putting a picture of a bodybuilder with triceps that you would like to achieve in a place where you can see them while exercises your triceps.
Talk with fellow bodybuilders:
Most bodybuilders have probably once felt just as you feel. Ask them how they overcame their problems. There are a lot of people to talk to over the net. Try visiting Bodybuilding.com's chat room or message boards.
Take some time off of lifting:
I can tell when I need a week off when I don't look forward to lifting. I recommend taking a week off every 10 weeks or as needed. This gives your body time to recovery and let's you recover mentally. When I take a week off, by Thursday, I am dying to get back into the gym. Starting on Friday, I begin to look over my and setup my game plan. I do this by deciding what and how I am going to eat, my routine, and what I hope to accomplish. Doing this allows me to enter back into lifting with a game plan fresh in my mind.
Keep a journal:
Keep a record of your stats, personal records, and of each workout. Look back over your journal and see how far you have come. It is better to have things in writing that you are able to look back on than just thinking about it.
Take before and after pictures:
This goes hand and hand with keeping a journal. Take some pictures every three months and compare them. Look for changes you've made to your physique. Have other people look at the pictures as well. This way, you can get a different prospective or your physique. Other people can usually see the change more than the person in the picture can.
Don't worry about what others are lifting:
Another thing people email about is how their lifts are so much weaker than the other people at their gym. It doesn't matter how much you can lift as long as you are working to better yourself. If I could only do 50 pounds for 8 reps, but it gave me a good workout, I'd be proud of what I am doing. It is nice to have a big bench to boast about, but if you don't, it is nothing that should interfere with your workout and you bettering yourself. Keep lifting to the best of your ability and your strength will grow.
Look at yourself after your workout:
After a workout, your body is pumped. Your muscles are bigger than they usually are, so this is a good time to flex and look at yourself in the mirror. I enjoy doing this after my chest workouts because my chest looks so much fuller. Imprint this image into your head and work towards looking like that before your workout.
Set short term and long term goals. Make sure these are reasonable goals too. If you weight 150 lbs. Set a goal like, "I want to gain 10 pounds in the next two months." It is important to follow through and work toward your goals. If you do not accomplish a certain goal, keep working toward it!
A workout partner:
It is very motivational to have someone that has goals like yours to work with. A workout partner gives you that extra boost. When you think you can't get another rep, your partner encourages you to give it all you got.
If you use gloves, after you've accomplished your goals, treat yourself to a new pair of gloves. Maybe even a pair of $15-$20 gloves. If your like me, when I get something new, I want to use it, so you'll be wanting to put those new gloves to use. These are just some helpful hints or things to try. If you would like to talk to me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.