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Year Of The Bodybuilder!

Another year has come and gone and, as I look back, I can remember how excited I was when it all began. Now that the year is almost at an end, I reflect back to all those times when I felt I was not going to reach that goal.

Another year has come and gone and, as I look back, I can remember how excited I was when it all began. I had high goals to achieve both professionally and personally and I was focused. Now that the year is almost at an end, I reflect back to all those times when I felt I was not going to reach that goal or that things were not going to turn out the way I had envisioned. For the most part, I did and they did. I regret nothing that I aspired to achieve and now the time has come to set new heights and dream new goals. I am not afraid. I've been here before and have learned that without a goal, without a dream, without an aspiration, we would never move forward. Whether it's at work or taking part in your favorite hobby. As the New Year approaches and we must all begin to plan for the future, I implore you to consider this ...

The only true constant. It is unyielding and has no mercy. It is the driving force for almost everything. Imagine what you would do if you could control time. How many times would you turn the clocks back in order to have a chance to change something or some course in life? How many times would we fast-forward the clock to see what is in the future? How many times would we just stop the clock and enjoy a rare moment of ultimate happiness? Can you understand how much power that would involve? As the New Year is approaching, remember that "time" waits for no one. Make sure that you plan and prepare for the future and set goals in and outside of the gym that are high enough to challenge you yet are still achievable. Don't make the same mistakes you made last year.

My New Year's wish is to "live" each moment as though it were my last. I refuse to allow time to control the things that I experience. I will treat each moment, each challenge, each goal with the same drive and intensity that I treat that last rep to failure. You know the one. That rep when your mind and body have reach total submission yet, somehow, you find that inner strength that pushes you past the point that you never thought possible. That is my wish. What's yours?

To redeem or deliver yourself from all the things you know are not healthy. Whether it's your mind or body that you wish to redeem, it's important to recognize the need to redeem yourself. In the coming year, I plan to redeem myself both mentally as well as physically. As we all can probably admit, we all have a reason to redeem ourselves in one way or another. Looking back at the past year, I realize I can still be a better. As a person, as a co-worker, as a husband, as a bodybuilder, I have much to improve upon. I will dedicate myself to being in a state of self-redemption that will last throughout the year. Knowing that the job is not a simple one makes me even more inspired to accept the challenge. Isn't this what it's all about anyway? We must all face our own redemption at some point in all our lives. Recognizing that we "must" redeem is the biggest step towards our own salvation. As a bodybuilder, we are in a constant state of redemption as we continually aspire to be better and better. Extending this type of commitment to other areas in life is essential to living a more fulfilling life.

"Be all that YOU can be"
We all desire to be as massive as Ronnie Coleman, to have the flawless symmetry of Shawn Ray, or be the complete package as that of Jay Cutler. In doing so, we fail to do the most important thing. We fail to be the best that WE can be. In the New Year, I intend to aspire to be the best that I can be.

Yes, I must admit I wish I could compare myself to many of what I consider to be role models. However, it is crucial that I commit to being my best and improving myself without making unrealistic comparisons. I have many times looked at the sheer and unbelievable massive size and conditioning of many professional bodybuilders and have questioned my ability to ever compare. It would make me question why I am subjecting myself to the day in and day out commitment to staying healthy by eating right and training right.

What is the benefit? The only way to answer this question is to put it all into perspective. The reason I have been able to satisfactorily answer this question is that realize that I can ultimately be only the "best" that I can be. The fact that I truly believe that I have not yet reached my "best," makes me more driven to get there. Both professionally and as an amateur bodybuilder, I have yet to be my "best" and the "best" is yet to come! In every aspect of life, there are those who have extraordinary talent, skill, and/or work ethic. No matter which of these we consider that we possess, the true essence of our being is to be our best. Are you at your "best?"

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Thanks for reading and have a wonderful and safe New year!

"If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be where you are now."
- Unknown