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Old 07-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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1strength: I couldn't agree more. I hate all that macho I'll-show-them nonsense too.
YES.... it's about AGGRESSION not about anger. You do need aggression to do a 500 pound deadlift (or atleast I do) but I do not need blind rage or little voices reminding me about the negative experiences in my life and what not.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:00 PM   #12
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Someone who refuses to see the negative is blind to both their own weaknesses and to their opponents strengths.
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I suppose that to lift like my friend, you'd have to lift every day believing:

"I'm going to have a crappy workout today."

"I doubt that I'm on the right program."

"Even if my program is right for me, somewhere along the line I'll crap out before I accomplish anything."

"If all else fails, I'll get some sort of illness or injury that precludes training."

"Even if I somehow get strong and have a great physique, I will almost certainly won't get the respect and admiration that I deserveónot even if I look like Arnold Schwarzeneger and lift like Larry Pacifico."

"Even if I am recognized, it won't bring any lasting satisfaction."


Now find me someone who uses that as his pre-workout mantra before every workout, and upon rising, before bed and any time during the day when it occurs to him to chant his Paean of Negativity...

Who truly means it on some level...

And who succeeds and gets strong and healthy in spite of his negativity (or perhaps because of it).




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Old 07-08-2013, 02:37 AM   #15
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I do not mind confessing that I have most of the times been a negative person. I am currently working on it and it has been really difficult, given my experiences with life. But I have started to improve gradually. Moreover, lifting makes me feel better and positive. Whenever I am attempting a big lift (relative), I tend to think entirely a different thing rather than questioning my ability to lift it or not. I don't think about any bitter experience or my failures at the same time I don't think about the best time in my life.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:34 AM   #16
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I mostly just "drive in neutral" (lol) I guess, before and during workouts, for instance. "It is what it is", kinda thing. Sometimes, I'll be mildly surprised at how well a session goes... and of course, occasionally at how poorly. Overall, these are just little ups and downs along the wave of gradual progress.

But yes, I believe too much "positivity" (ah, but what is this thing, truly...) will set anyone up for a hard fall, over and over.

Too much genuine negativity (not just scaring one's fears away, or whipping them into submission, say) is no good either, naturally.

A lot of "negativity" does fall into that category (i.e., a means of dealing with fear). It's a grand tradition for human beings through the ages. Be it pain, darkness, death, humiliation, etc., etc.
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