They talk the talk and never walk the walk. They spend their lives making excuses for their problems and never actually getting off of their asses to do something about it.
They will waste their years wishing but never having. They will resent and criticize those who succeed because they know that they will never succeed themselves.
They lack willpower and discipline. They are doomed to a life of mediocrity but will never accept responsibility for this.
2) The ones who say they're going to accomplish something, attempt it, and quit soon thereafter.
They talk the talk, begin to walk the walk, but fall down in exhaustion, never reaching their goals or enjoying the fruits of their labour on any kind of long term basis.
They lack patience. They lack perseverance. They too will never stand among the elite and will struggle time and time again but continually fall short.
They deserve some credit for their attempts at success, but simply do not possess the tools needed to follow through.
3) The ones who say they're going to accomplish something, form a blueprint for how they will get there, and then, quite simply, they get there.
They make firm decisions that contain no hints of "maybe" or "try". They understand that there are 2 possible outcomes in any decision: success or failure. They crave success, and they will do anything they have to do to achieve it.
When they make a decision to accomplish something, they already know that they will succeed. They don't question their ability to achieve a goal, they only question the time that it will take to get there.
They understand that within their minds lies all of the tools necessary to accomplish anything in the external world. They have faith in their talents and beliefs and truly feel that they can accomplish anything they want.
They make no excuses. They understand that they are in complete and total control of their destiny, and that every man and woman is responsible for their own lives.
They are ready and willing to battle through setbacks, physical and mental pain, discomfort and exhaustion. They know that anything worth having does not come easy, and that no man or woman ever achieved anything great without a struggle.
They are willing to struggle to be great.
They never fail in the long run. They only experience momentary setbacks and bumps in the road. When a setback or bump in the road presents itself, they form a plan for how they will get past it.
They don't stop, stare and question whether to quit or keep going. Quitting is not an option in their minds, and they thrive on the battle and understand that setbacks and mistakes serve no other purpose than to make their inevitable victory that much sweeter.
They see the big picture.
And when the smoke clears and dust settles, they stand among the elite. They soak up the satisfaction of their victories and look back on their accomplishments with a feeling of pride and fulfillment. They gain the respect and envy of others and know that they deserve it.
Which category do you fall under?
True success is only reserved for category 3.
It is an ongoing battle that does not lend itself to those who seek instant gratification. It will not be had by those who are unwilling to dedicate themselves to a goal and work hard to achieve it.
If you have any doubts about your ability to succeed, eliminate them.
Dissolve your questioning, your fears and your wondering.
Make firm decisions for what you want to achieve, create a map for how to get there, and then... quite simply, get there.
Only when your decisions contain questions of "when can I reach this goal" rather than "will I reach this goal" will you ever truly succeed both in bodybuilding and in life.
I can't make the decision for you, I can only teach you how to get there. Your choice comes from within, and not a single person in this world can make those choices but you.
Written by Sean Nalewanyj