I was sitting here during spring break, wondering what I could write about for my first article. Something that has actually happened to me ... Then, like a bolt of lightning from the sky, it hit me! I would write about motivation, something that has been plaguing me since the start of tennis season this year.
Lifting weights is fun and enjoyable. It is also a way of life for me. Yet, since tennis season rolled around, I have found myself to become tired, day-in and day-out, and have had little motivation to go to the gym. However, I did not give up. I reached inside myself and found something to keep me going - something to never let me quit. Hopefully my article will inspire you enough to find that "little something" inside of you to keep you going and help you achieve your goals.
|WHAT'S YOUR GOAL?|
There is always a time in our lives where we want to achieve greatness. It's maybe playing in the Major Leagues, winning the Heisman Trophy, or maybe winning your elementary school spelling bee. No matter what it is, there is always some level of "greatness" the human race wants to achieve. In bodybuilding, it is no different.
Some people want to be mass monsters, some ultra-ripped, some an overall nice physique, or some just to look good on the beach. To achieve any of these, you know you have to work your a$$ off, day in and day out! You must demand this from yourself everyday. Before I go any further, I want to share a quote from my favorite tennis player, Andre Agassi:
there is no substitute for practice and hard work."
This was said by Andre after he won the 2001 Australian Open, and for those of you who don't know, that is 1 of the 4 major tennis events played every year. The reason I use this quote is because you can translate it to any sport. In the sport of bodybuilding, you have to be mentally, physically, psychologically, and for some of us, spiritually tough - and the way to achieve this is to push yourself hard everyday!
Sometimes things are not so easy. There are some days where I don't want to lift, and there are quite a many days where I don't want to get up at 5 a.m. and do cardio! This is where motivation comes into play. My definition of motivation is anything that causes you to push past a mental block and go above and beyond your physical limits.
For motivation before a set, I hit my head and slap my face to get angry! D@mn, it feels great! Then I hit those weights harder than I have ever hit them before. Sometimes I remember my former physical condition (for those of you who don't know me, I used to be super fat!) and also use that as motivation.
Sometimes, I remember kids who used to make fun of me and I kick the weight's a$$ just like I want to kick theirs! The point is, you have to find something that works for you. Only you can find your own motivation.
Do It For Yourself
This isn't a subject that you can ask someone on the message board about and get a 100% correct answer. Right now during my cutting phase, I have posted quotes about determination and hard work all over my room, so the first thing I see when I wake up is motivation! Then I pump myself up, and go run and do my cardio. Only then am I ready for the tasks in front of me that day.
Don't think that you're the only person who has a problem with dedication and motivation. Over 50% of the American population is overweight, and if we didn't have a problem with dedication, that number would be at 0%. Motivation is a problem we all have to face. We all know that laziness will hit us sooner or later, and we will have to deal with it.
There is also one more point I would like to touch on. If you're looking for motivation, don't look for it in the opposite sex. That's the easiest way to get off-track and be in worse physical condition than you started in. Kevin Levrone, in a recent issue of Flex magazine, talked about his comeback after back problems and how he got motivated to get himself into Mr. Olympia shape.
If you saw Mr. O, you would have seen he was in the best shape of his life, and arguably should of won. He used the American flag as his dedication. He dedicated the transformation of his body to all those who died for our country and for those who serve it everyday. Another great example of how you can motivate yourself to better your body!
If you're going to get into shape, do it for yourself. Do it because you want to feel and look better. Do it because you are tired of being made fun of. Do it because you want to! Use any form of motivation you need (except for the one I listed) to change your body. Do whatever it takes to achieve greatness.
As I said before, we will all hit a down time in our training. Don't worry. This is normal. Just don't let laziness take over first your mind, then your body. Laziness is like a disease. You have to cure it before it spreads.
I hope this article has motivated you in some way and inspired you to improve your body, because it can always be improved. If it hasn't, I hope it has at least made you think about the subject.
Thank you, guys and gals, for reading my article. To close, I want to post the Andre Agassi quote again. Just look at it for a couple of moments. Just stare at it. Think about the words and the meaning behind it. God bless everyone!
there is no substitute for practice and hard work."