Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
Much emphasis is placed on the physical act amongst those trying to build muscle fast that the mental side of training is often left neglected. Although the physical side of training is a must (that goes without saying!), a large portion of getting that extra strength and seeing real tangible results is manufactured in the mind.
Before you even step into the gym, you have to visualize yourself lifting those extreme weights. Picture it in your mind’s eye as if it were reality already and see the difference when you actually perform the exercise. Visualize the feeling you get when you lift hard and lift heavy and keep that feeling when you set foot in the gym.
Many people underestimate the power of the mind, but rest assured that half the battle in achieving real muscle building results comes from the mind. If you find yourself at 80% motivation levels, then you are inevitably going to lift at 80% of your capability levels. And what is a lack of motivation but a lack of synchronicity in your beliefs and your actions. If you cannot believe that you will lift big, then you will never. For world class bodybuilders the manifestation of success is literally not being able to lift the weight for another rep. I.e. there idea of success was failure!
Far too many gym-goers who are looking to bulk up and build muscle mass fast just go through the routines without exerting any real force or energy. This should not be the case. When you leave that gym, you should feel like you cannot even lift your water bottle!
It’s not uncommon for those starting out that motivation and consistency becomes a challenge. Remember that just like our physical muscles need working out, so do out mental muscles. Make a habit of going, instill that habit and reperform that habit over and over again until it becomes second nature. Once you are passed that stage of an initial lack of motivation, you will actually enjoy the feeling of working out.
When trying to make his first break into Hollywood, Arnold Schwarzenegger was ridiculed by almost everybody in the business. When once questioned as to how he was going to make it, he calmly responded with unwavering determination that he would adopt the same mental mindset used in bodybuilding and use those principles in the film industry. Not only did he make it, he succeeded hugely and has since carved out a successful political career.
If you can adopt an attitude of mental brilliance you will see results that will benefit you in the outside world, maybe your career, relationship or family life. If you can adopt that attitude of, “My mind is the limit, as long as I can envision it, I can do it, because I believe it 100%” you will be destined for success; success not only in achieving your goals in building muscle, but in every aspect of your life.