By Skip La Cour
Six-Time National Bodybuilding Champion
Success and Leadership Coach
Most of the winning qualities common among those who build great physiques without the use of steroids or other illegal drugs deal with the way they think. The way these accomplished individuals choose to perceive the events around them is much different than many of the guys who are training in your local gym.
The very best drug-free bodybuilders simply do not view being drug-free as an insurmountable obstacle standing in the way of developing an outstanding physique. They choose to focus on becoming the best they can be. These winners spend their time and energy comparing what they are doing in the gym now to what they could be doing to improve in the future. They only compare the way they look now to what they aspire to look like in the future.
I know the saying “You gotta be the best you can be” is extremely overused and is now almost a meaningless cliché in bodybuilding and training world. However, my experience dealing with many people who are trying to improve their bodies has me convinced that most people are pretty certain that they are already doing everything they possibly can to become their very best. Sure, they’ll admit there can always be room for a little improvement in their daily habits and level of discipline—but not much. “Nobody’s perfect!” they’ll often argue.
Those successful people you see or have read about who train without drugs have found the delicate balance between being too hard on themselves and being too easy on themselves. If you are too hard on yourself, then you will eventually become frustrated. Being too easy on yourself will guarantee that you’ll fall far short of your full genetic potential.
The best drug-free lifers understand that, no matter what they’ve accomplished in the past, they can always improve at least a little bit more. Whether that improvement comes in the form of a couple of pounds of rock-solid muscle within the next year, one percentage point leaner in their body composition over the next couple of months, adding five pounds to their bench press during their next workout, or pumping out one more rep with their maximum weight on their very next set. Unfortunately, many people training in the gym today are under the illusion they have come close to topping out on their performance in the gym and full genetic potential. They often claim to be trapped in sticking points or plateaus.
Now, I know there are those negative guys in your gym who are always telling you that “you can never achieve this” or “you’ll never look like that” unless you use steroids or other illegal drugs. Don’t believe them. Separate yourself from those people with such limiting beliefs. How soon should you get away from them? Immediately!
Train Hard. Think BIG! You are a Mass Machine Warrior!
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