Competing for yourself is the only way to even think of competing. Competition preparation can be a grueling process and if you are not doing it for you and only you, the failure rate is extremely high. This is important to remember. In keeping with this concept, here are some tips for getting ready for a competition.
Focus on Your Actions, Results Will Follow
Do not focus on what you will get or where you will end up. Focus yourself on daily actions you can take and the results will follow. This is guaranteed.
I have seen so many competitors practice posing, but do it wrong. They continue to practice wrong and all that does is create problems. Don't just practice, but practice perfectly. This touches on all areas of bodybuilding–training, nutrition, posing, etc. If you are unsure of something, ask someone who has more knowledge than you.
Follow Those Who Came Before You
Do not try to reinvent the wheel. There are coaches available who can properly guide you through contest preparation. Take advantage of this by hiring one. Yes, you can probably get there yourself, but you will go crazy trying to decide what the right choices are. Let a professional coach help you and that problem is solved.
Be Grateful for What You Have Accomplished
It is very easy to be negative when preparing for a contest. Instead, focus on what you are grateful for. This will cause your mindset to be more positive. Write down everything you are grateful for. Remind yourself that there are positive things to strive for during preparation.
You are going to learn a lot of things during prep. Make sure you note those things that you learn. They will go a long way in helping you in future preparation cycles. Never discount anything you learn. This is how we get better and better–learning.