Get yourself onto a bodybuilding plan for success. Most bodybuilders have no such plan, and severely hinder their rate of progress as a result.
Bodybuilding success isn’t a hit or miss activity. It’s planned. If you put together an intelligent program, tailor it according to your own individual recuperative abilities, follow it diligently and conscientiously for long enough, and fully satisfy your rest, sleep and nutritional needs, you will get much bigger and stronger muscles. Sensible weight-training programs work. But too few people know what sensible programs are, and too few bodybuilders are targeted at specific goals by specific times.
Not living in the past, and not living in the future, but riveting most of your attention on the present is the only way to make sure you get most if not all of your “todays” in good order. If you don’t get the daily units right, you don’t have a hope of long-term success.
There’s a strong connection between the daily units and your long-term goals. Getting the latter in good order provides the overall strategy into which the daily units slot. Regular reminders of the long-term programming keep you on track for getting the daily units right.
Competitive athletes have a major advantage over non-competitive ones — the motivating, focusing, pressurizing and concrete-goals-creating effect of competition. The need to be your best at a certain date and place will dramatically focus your attention, and force you to be more efficient with your time. Without a definite where and when to be at your best, human nature makes most people casual with their time. You may take years to get to where you could have gotten in just six months had you been nailed down to a rigorous schedule to get things done on time.
Deadlines are often imperative for making people take action, in all areas of life. Consider how many things you need to do but have been procrastinating for weeks because you don’t have a fixed deadline to do them by. But give something a deadline and urgency, and it usually gets done.
Nail yourself to long-term deadlines. Make your goals specific by writing down numbers and deadlines, for example. Then nail yourself to the daily must-dos in order to keep on schedule for reaching the long-term goals.
There’s nothing like the urgency of concentrating on a specific goal by a specific deadline to focus attention, application and resolve. Without something specific to rally attention and resources, people tend to drift along and never get even close to realizing their potential. As the months go by there’s little or no improvement.
Set the goal(s), make your plans, focus your application, dedicate yourself, and then start making month-by-month improvement a reality. And then when you’ve achieved your medium or long-term goal(s), do it all over again, and then again, and again. Then you’ll set yourself up to achieve more over the next twelve months than perhaps you achieved over the previous few years. And whatever you learn from the value of nailing yourself to targets and deadlines in the physique and strength spheres, apply it to the rest of your life.
There are deadline situations that can rivet attention just as well as formal bodybuilding or lifting competitions. Some of them may seem too simple, or even trite, but they work if you work.
Six tactics for yielding long-term success are then detailed in BEYOND BRAWN.
But all the determination in the world counts for nothing if you don’t know how to train effectively, although having a high level of determination usually speeds up the learning process.
Treat each self-imposed deadline as a major part of your life. If you treat the deadlines casually, you may as well not bother going through the process of aiming to be your best by a given date. As with everything in training, you must take what you’re doing very seriously. Hardgainers have little room for error, whereas easy gainers can make many errors and yet still gain.
Give your 100% best to a good overall plan broken down into daily units, and you’ll amaze yourself with how much you can achieve. Compare the sort of attention you’ve given your training over the last year, with the sort of application I’m recommending here, and you’ll probably find a big difference.
If you want to be successful in achieving your bodybuilding potential, you need to program that success. Stop leaving life to chance. Forget about the indifference and disorderly state of some others, and don’t let any negativity rub onto you.
It doesn’t matter a whit what other people are doing with their training. Your own life is what matters the most to you. Get in charge, and make the most of it!