I'm currently reading for about the tenth time a book called "You Don't Have to Be Born Brilliant!" a book by Australian real estate giant, John McGrath who at about 36 yrs of age runs one of the fastest growing businesses in Australia—which is quite a feat for someone who is so young.
While it isn't specifically about bodybuilding, or sport for that matter the book is one of those books that you read and then decide to improve your life—i.e. make it more organized, do better at school, improve productivity at work and in our cases make a point to improve such things as eating right, going to the gym every time you've scheduled to do so, taking supplements on time, the list goes on.
For example one thing the book says is if you are currently working the average 9-5 job and saying to yourself when I get promoted to a managerial position I'm going to start working harder, putting in the extra hours and increasing productivity etc. etc. It's the same thing with bodybuilding—strive for big goals, put in the work now rather than wait for results that may never come.
Take the time after you've finished reading this article to sit down and get organized! Make checklists, write out plans and programs, make a list of short term and long terms goals and stick to them! But as always this is 'easier said than done'!
I've noticed that several articles on motivation have popped up on the site so I thought I'd put in what I thought about motivation and how to obtain it.
This is, of course is where the motivation part of my article comes in. One of the things I use as motivation is visual motivation—in my diary I have several pictures of physiques that I aspire to or simply a world champion of a sport or even just someone successful in life—things like that are all through my diary so that I can be visually motivated several times daily.
Also in my diary I write or stick in famous quotes or quotes I've read in articles that really motivate me to succeed or just to get off the couch!
The biggest tool of motivation (which at the moment I don't use) is having a training partner! If you don't know this by now then you should! Not only does a training partner put that extra bit of enjoyment into your workout by providing you with company he/she also motivates who and in many cases provides a role model or just someone with similar goals. Either way a training partner helps!
The most important bit however is that you won't want to let your training partner down! And this will force you to turn up and really once you're there, there's absolutely no problem, it's just getting over that first hurdle and thus building the momentum to get you over the rest.
But remember, take the time now after reading this article to look at your life, reassess goals and get organized and there's no excuse for not being motivated—there's plenty of tools to help you on your way!