Personal achievement has been on my mind lately. I believe it has to do with the audio seminar I'm listening to from Skip Lacour entitled “The Mindset of a Champion“. Each session is very long and it is difficult to carve out the time, but I am managing to progress through the program. It really got me thinking about things.
I have been progressing nicely, but I don't always feel the sense of urgency that I should feel. If I lose 1% body fat per week I accept it and if I lose more I am just extremely happy. However, the audio seminar has me realizing that to maximize personal achievement I need to approach everything differently. Skip has taught me that a champion makes decisions without worrying about the end result. What does that mean?
Skip gives the following example. A guy likes training and is busily working out and decides “I should enter a local show when I have more muscle.” After some time he gets to where he wants to be and enters the local show. He comes in third. He thinks “I know I could win that show, I need to train harder.” He sets out to train harder and the next year he wins that local show. He then thinks “I want to enter a national show.” He works hard and enters a national show. He comes in 5th. He thinks “I know if I train harder I could win that show next year.” This goes on and on. The ultimate end is that the guy winds up on a magazine cover. Skip points out that a champion would have just said “I am going to wind up on a magazine cover one day.” The champion just goes for it.
My own personal achievement needs demand that I change my approach. If I want to be thought of as a champion I have to act like a champion. Thus, I have set a goal. I am going to compete in the April 14, 2012 NPC Amateur Grand Prix – Los Angeles. I have set the goal and will now go about accomplishing it. I have set a goal like this before, but like with much of my training goals, this time I know it will be achieved.
Now you, my readers, can help me out by giving me encouragement and support that I know will come. This is a huge step for me. I have never been as serious as I am at this very moment. It is time to do some work. Personal achievement is a short time away for me!