Bodybuilding Success: Will You Reach Your Potential!

As bodybuilders we all have varying degrees of competitiveness within us. We wouldn't have started lifting if it wasn't for our inner souls driving us. Are you going to shut out all the distractions around you and stick to your program?
As bodybuilders we all have varying degrees of competitiveness within us. We wouldn't have started lifting if it wasn't for our inner souls driving us to reach our physical limits and create for ourselves bodies that would set us apart from the rest of the world. Will we achieve this though? My guess is most of us will not persevere and live up to the task. Be it current "genetics," which are no excuse at all, or preparation and knowledge among other things, our success depends upon our determination and will. We all have strengths and weaknesses, some greater than others. I believe a great thing does not happen overnight, but is accomplished over a long period of time involving hard work, dedication, and organization. Developing a great body no matter one's current physical make-up is a great task, possibly one of the greatest on earth. A picturesque body is not created overnight, but formed and built over the period of years.

Are you going to shut out all the distractions around you and stick to your diet and training? You will be discouraged at times, along with the many others including myself during the beginning years of training when dealing with failures in diet, training, and all aspects of bodybuilding. My advice is this, you're going to face not only physical obstacles, but also mental and emotional obstacles along your bodybuilding journey. You will be envious of others that seem to have naturally built bodies, many times forgetting your results could dwarf their normal bodies if you keep up with your training. Frustration and anger will at times cloud your mind taking you from the task at hand and turn you towards focusing on things that are out of your control.

Do what you can with what you have, and do it to the best of your ability. You will be rewarded in the end, far greater than you will have thought possible. Will you be one of the guys on this earth with a body built to perfection? Only time will tell.

Competition: How will you stack up?

"Competition, like an exhibition
Will you rely on skill, or just cruel intentions?
You have to bring what you possess, no less, don't get stressed
Will you take away the prize? Losers will have envy in their heart, tears in their eyes
You have to be strong, you need determination, the road seems long, so much anticipation
The time is near, your work has paid off, you gave it your best, your ready for this test,
stepping into the spotlight, show them what you've got, it won't be mere luck,
if you take the #1 spot."

My fault, I get carried away, and many times competition does that to us. No, not the carried away in a sense of overjoyed, but the carried away sense of on the stretcher, or the winner carrying away the 1st-place trophy. Or you get carried away in preparation for your competition which now prevents you from performing or competing well.

Competition separates winners from losers in more ways than one. Competition is one of the highest forms of self expression and growth. Through the challenge of facing opponents, we, on an equal field, determine who has developed the particular skill in question to the highest level.

During competition playing fields can be unfair, and at that point the winner will usually not be the true winner. But it is most always advantageous to compete in something you love if the competition is fair. This can drive your skills to the next level. You can many times gain insight into the areas you need to work on, and those which are you inherent strengths. It can also be negative if you forget what your true purpose for competing is.

Competition can bring out the best or worst in all of us, but until we try, how do we know which will occur? The truth about competition is that in most of us, it will drive our skills and desire to progress even further, which is only beneficial.

Peace
Jonathan S
aim=Worldmuscle