HouseOfMuscle.com email Newsletter #315 (05-08-2019)
Inspiration Leads To Perspiration
Inspiration leads to perspiration. At least that is my hope. I hope this email inspires you to start working out, keep working out and probably most importantly -- workout harder!
Inspiration comes from your own mind. Do me a favor. Immediately after you read this email, get a pencil or pen and right down your goal. What do you want? Write what you want to get out of working out. When you write it, be as precise as possible.
Don't write, "I would like to lose a few pounds." Instead write, "I will lose 10lbs of fat within the next 60 days."
Don't write, "I would like to have more muscle." Instead write, "I will build 10lbs of muscle within the next 60 days."
Don't write, "I would like to get stronger." Instead write, "I will increase my maximum Bench Press by 25lbs within the next 60 days."
Write what your goal is as precisely as you can.
Then, after you write down your goal, hang up the piece of paper, adorned with your goal, somewhere you will see it often. You want to see it many times a day, every day. Hang it on your computer at work. Put it in your pocket and take it out and look at it often. Put it under your football helmet. Put it in your baseball/softball glove. Put it on the ceiling over your bed. I hang mine on my bathroom mirror.
Hang up your goal in a place where it can never get away from you. There it is, staring you in the face, every day.
Now I want you to close your eyes (of course I mean, close your eyes after you read this; otherwise you couldn't see the words.) (Ha!, and my wife says I am not funny.) Imagine in your mind's eye what it will be like when you reach your goal. What do you see?
Do you see your workout partner, through a small cloud of weight lifting chalk floating in the air, after he fist pumps you in adulation; after you just lifted the weight you wrote down, that you would lift, on the paper 60 days ago?
Do you see yourself standing, 10lbs lighter, posing your abs in the mirror, with a close friend staring wide eyed at the reflection and saying, "Damn girl, you look good!"?
Do you see the mist rising off your body, when your hot skin temperature contrasts with the cold night air, as you gaze through your face mask at the "entire town" screaming and applauding, under the yellow white glow of the field lights, in admiration of you just scoring the winning touchdown, in the big game?
Now go even further. Go beyond what you see. What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you touch? What do you taste? How does it feel to accomplish your goal? I want you to experience, in your mind, having what you want, before you even have it.
If you complete this mental exercise often, you will greatly increase the likelihood of your mental image, your "dream", coming true.
The next step in the process is to take immediate action towards your goal. I mean like right now. If you can workout right now, do it. And I mean RIGHT NOW! (Like after you finish reading this email.) If you can't workout right now, then make plans to do it. Get everything ready so you can go without a doubt, soon. But, don't say "soon". Say EXACTLY when you are going to workout. You can write down the statement, "I will workout at 9:00AM tomorrow morning." and then under that write down EXACTLY what you are going to do in your workout.
You must take at least one small step towards your goal as soon as possible after you write down the goal. This sends a message to your subconscious brain, that you mean business. That this thing is going to happen. You might say, yeah, I don't need to do that, because I am going to start my workout on Monday. I don't need to write it down. I don't need to take immediate action towards my goal. But believe me, if you do write it down and you do take immediate action, it greatly increases the chances that your goal will come true.
Now that you have things rolling, you need to monitor your results. You need to keep track of your progression as you strive to reach your goal. As the days, weeks, months pass you need to keep track of what is happening pertaining to your goal. A journal is great for this. What we are looking for here is for you to frequently ask yourself; Am I doing the best things and everything I can to reach my goal? Are things going well? Am I on track? Do I see a progression that is going to take me where I want to go?
If you feel that you are on the right path towards reaching your goal, great, keep it up. But if you do not feel that you are on track to reach your goal, you need to be willing to change your strategy. You need to adapt, to overcome.
Let's say the goal you wrote down was, "I will increase my maximum Bench Press by 25lbs within the next 60 days." Things start off well. You had a plan of when your workouts would be and how much weight you would lift and how many exercises you would do for each workout. But after a few workouts you feel that you are not recovering enough between workouts. Instead of forcing the issue by sticking to the plan you had laid out, give yourself an extra day of rest between workouts and/or decrease the amount of exercises you do in each workout.
Or, let's say the opposite is true. You are progressing ahead of schedule and you feel you could be doing more weight and/or exercises in each workout. When things are good -- PRESS! Take advantage of the situation and take things up a notch.
Another great strategy is to use role modeling. Find someone who has accomplished what you want to accomplish and copy them. Do what they did. If it worked for them, see if it works for you.
So, come up with a goal, then write it down (remember to be as specific as possible), create a mental image of you already reaching the goal (see it, hear it, smell it, touch it and taste it). Then take immediate action towards reaching that goal (like right after you read this email), monitor your progress with a willingness to change if needed, and role model (copy) someone who has already achieved what you want.
I truly hope I have inspired you to perspire. It is time to stop wishing you were something else. It is time to start being it. The time to act is now. Because if not now, when?
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