Are you the type of person who likes the burn? Well, damn, if you are you're very lucky, or you might just have some kind of mental problems since, I mean after all, you like pain. I hate the burn, but I do what I have to do to get the results I want.
If I had my choice, I wouldn't work out. So I guess I don't have my choice, because I do workout, and I mean I workout. I don't just go through the motions, or stop when the pain comes, I fight it until I can't friggin move!
Where Does Your Motivation Come From?
If you're one of those people who can't get the motivation to go all out and push yourself to the limit, well then, you sure as hell aren't lookin in the right place. You think that reading an article is going to change that? Hell no! The only thing that can change that is YOU. It takes you kicking yourself in the a$$ to keep your a$$ moving.
Of course, you could have someone pushing you along the way, and trust me that can help. But it still takes more than that. It takes motivation - quite possibly the number one factor in determining if you're going to accomplish your goal.
The hardest time, in my opinion, for your motivation to persevere in bodybuilding is definitely when you are getting started. You're not used to devoting an hour of a few of your days each week to undergo an intense struggle to overwhelm your own body into growing. This can deter almost anyone. You have to get used to it.
When you are used to it though... I guarantee you will have a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment unique to any others you have ever experienced. Bodybuilding isn't just a sport or a hobby, it's a way of life.
When Your Motivation Is Tested...
Another time when motivation is tested is right before you're about to workout. You have the choice to do it, or to sit back and let one more day of your life, one more chance to make a positive change, pass you by. You know what you have to do. Unless something that needs to be tended to immediately comes up, you have to get yourself psyched up to pump hard.
Psyching yourself up is a completely different subject altogether. You have to do whatever it takes to get you in the zone: smacking yourself, throwing cold water on your face, or whatever your "thing" may be, do it. There is no one better to stare into the eyes of than the one who challenges you.
I like to stare at myself in front of a mirror. And I don't mean posing (although that works too), but just staring at myself, in my eyes, and that's usually all it takes. A few minutes later I feel ready to go all out and pump like hell. You gotta find your zone, and know how to get there.
With hard work through motivation you can accomplish virtually anything. Now I don't mean things that are just impossible, things that just can't be done, take flying for example. No matter how hard somebody tries, they will never be able to fly with just their arms.
Peter C. Siegel
For a long time it was the dream of many to fly, and they accomplished that, they invented airplanes, hang gliders, and stuff like that. Now they didn't fly with just their hands, but they did fly.
Someone who is 40 and wishes they would have kept playing sports even after highschool because they could've been great is right. They could've been. But instead, they didn't, so they figure they can't be great. Wrong.
Anyone who is capable of (at the age of 40 you should be plenty capable) getting out and working out or whatever it may be that they need to do to start reaching their goal, needs to get out and do it.
If they don't, it's their fault. It has been proven time and time again: it's a lot easier to live with yourself if you failed trying than to have never tried at all. Live with no regrets.
Anyone like this shouldn't be called, or call themselves for that matter, a has-been, a could have been, or anything like that, because as long as they're alive, they're a can-still. And don't get a negative mindset and say things like "Well, it's too late.
Even if I push myself to death, I'll never accomplish what I could've accomplished." I mean, the truth is, yeah, you might now be able to accomplish what you wanted, but one thing stands true no matter what, and that is you always have the ability to make yourself better. Maybe not as much better as you wanted to be, but you'll always end up better off than if you never tried.
No matter what point you're at, it doesn't matter how far down the line or past where you wish you would've started, you still have the power to set goals - and accomplish them.