The Real Secret To Achieving Your Bodybuilding & Fitness Goals
by Lee Hayward
Everyday my inbox gets filled with countless e-mail from
bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts from all over the world. Most
of the e-mail questions ask things such as what are the best
workouts to follow, what are the best foods to eat, and what are
the best supplements to take. While there is nothing wrong with
these questions, they are not necessarily going to move you closer
to reaching your ultimate bodybuilding and physique goals. The real
key to fitness success involves zooming out and looking at things
from a higher level.
If you could do a survey of the people who have the best built
bodies across the globe you would find that they all have different
theories and approaches with regards to their actual workouts,
diets, and supplements. Some prefer higher volume workouts, some
prefer higher intensity workouts, some prefer low carb diets, some
prefer high carb diets, some are supplement "junkies", while others
don’t take any supplements at all.
The actual techniques and strategies will vary from person to
person. As the old saying goes there is more then one way to skin a
cat. (Note: why anyone would want to skin a cat is beyond me.)
But there is one thing that all successful people have in common
and that is they set up the conditions of their life in such a way
to ensure their success is inevitable over the long term.
Inevitability thinking is a way of putting things in place so that
what you want to achieve happens automatically.
Before we can move forward and make progress in any area, we have
to first accept the fact that everything in our life is at some
level the way it is today because of conditions that were set up in
our past. Whether these conditions where set up consciously, or
unconsciously, by us directly, or by our environment.
For example, if John is now working as an auto-mechanic then things
happened in his life that made this career choice inevitable. Most
likely there were people and situations in his past that peaked his
interest in cars. Which then made John want to go to school and
study auto-mechanics, and then this eventually lead him to working
in that field. Bottom line, he didn’t just some how magically
become a mechanic. The conditions were set in his life, either
consciously or unconsciously, that made it inevitable.
The same thing applies to someone who is lean, athletic, and
muscular. They just didn’t get that way by accident. The conditions
of their life were set in such a way as to make the outcome of a
strong muscular body inevitable. In virtually all cases people who
are in great shape have individuals in their life who they looked
up to that are also in great shape. They are members of a gym that
provides them with the tools they need to build their body. They
spend time studying books, courses, and videos so they can learn
how to maximize their results. They most likely participate in some
form of sports or activities that give them extra drive and
motivation to get in top physical shape, such as bodybuilding,
powerlifting, fitness modeling, team sports or something that
provides an outside competitive drive to succeed.
We all live in set conditions that are affecting our daily lives
whether we realize it or not. So if you are not happy with the
results you have achieved thus far, then you need to change your
conditions in order to change the results you are getting.
Ask yourself what conditions do you need to put in place so the
outcomes you want happen automatically? How do you make getting
your desired goals a sure thing that is eventually going to happen
no matter what?
One of the most important conditions that you can set that will
determine your level of success in any area of your life is
choosing the people you associate with. If you look at the 5 people
you associate with the most you will find that you are the average
of those 5 people.
For example, if you took the average income of the 5 people you
associate with the most, chances are it would be very close to your
income. If you took the average level of health and fitness of
those 5 people, chances are it would be very close to your own
level of health and fitness. Now of course there will be some rare
exceptions to this rule. But for the most part any measurable area
of your life can be related back to the average of the 5 people you
associate with the most.
So knowing that we are the average of the 5 people we hang around
with the most. The quickest way to set the conditions of your life
to help you move towards your desired outcomes is to get around
people who are living life at a higher level. We imitate people
around us whether we know it or not. So if you want to have a
strong, lean, and athletic body, then you must associate with other
people who are strong, lean, and athletic so their positive energy
will help pull you up to that level.
In my case some of the conditions from my past that helped set me
on the path to bodybuilding success was the fact that my dad worked
out himself and had an old weight set in our basement and I played
around with it as a kid. I also remember watching the "Conan The
Barbarian movies" and seeing Arnold in his prime with a big
muscular physique. And at this time there was a show that came on
TV called "Body Shaping" where they taught weight training
workouts, and I used to watch every episode. All these things
helped plant the seeds of bodybuilding success in my mind.
Then when I was 17 years old I competed in my first bodybuilding
competition and started hanging around and associating with other
local bodybuilders. This created a huge burning desire for me to
improve my physique just so I could "fit in" with these guys. Then
with each bodybuilding competition I entered I was on a mission to
show everyone how much improved since my previous show.
During this time I also had a very supportive environment at home.
My dad and I built our own home gym in our basement where we worked
out together. My mom and dad would attend all of my bodybuilding
competitions and cheer me on. They would proudly display all of my
trophies and medals in our home. This made for great conversation
starters when company visited and they were always there as
constant visual reminders.
All these things helped set the conditions for bodybuilding success
in my life. Not only did I have internal drive and dream of
building a muscular physique in my mind. But I also had the
external driving factors of regularly competing in bodybuilding
competitions and being judged on stage in front of hundreds of
spectators. There was the "peer pressure" to keep up with the other
local bodybuilders. And I had the support of my family and a good
home environment that was conducive to bodybuilding success.
Inevitability thinking is a habit used by successful people in all
fields. Be it in business, academics, or bodybuilding. Consciously
setting your life conditions will take the process of goal setting
to a higher level. When you keep stacking the odds in your favor
then success is inevitable. It is just a matter of time.
So with that being said:
What are the conditions that you need to put in place in your life
so that the goals you want to achieve become inevitable and will
If one of your goals is to build a big, strong, muscular body then
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