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Old 03-29-2014, 01:54 AM   #1
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What's up everyone...
I am curious how you all deal with the long term nature of bodybuilding/power lifting goals. Strength training goals come slowly with consistency and progression, I sometimes find it hard to stay motivated and find myself getting discouraged when I see someone lifting huge numbers, and I wonder to myself, "Will I ever be able to get there?"

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Old 03-29-2014, 03:09 AM   #2
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Warning: My perspective on motivation is hella unpopular, and will often trigger anger/irritation/denial, etc., etc.

Okay. "Motivation" is a lie. What I mean is, it's flat out a choice. Right now, or any other moment in time, in any given situation, you can choose to be "motivated". Or not, of course. Free will is a wonderful thing, eh?

As for those huge numbers, though? Check this out: http://muscleandbrawn.com/strong-str...tural-lifters/

^ That might help to put it all in relevant context.


edit: And another thing - some people might find it useful to focus on what drew them into lifting in the first place. Obviously there was some kind of "motivation" (aka reasoning, or whatever) there to begin with, so...
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:16 AM   #3
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I don't need motivation. Like Dray said, I just have reasons. Reasons like I'm gonna get jacked, and have elite status lifts.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:17 AM   #4
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It all starts with mentality. Strength is a choice. Do you want to be weak, or do you want to be strong? If you want to be strong, then every choice you make should reflect that goal.

At some point, strength becomes a choice between more strength or something else. I have found that the stronger I get, the more of these decisions (AKA sacrifices) I have to make to continue. The question at each of these jumping off points is "how badly do I want this...is it worth the sacrifice/potential risk to my body?".

One example is a few weeks ago, I was doing slingshot benching and my left wrist almost collapsed on the eccentric. I had a 520lb barbell in my hands, one spotter whom I had only worked with one other time and no side-catches. If I dumped the bar it wouldn't have been pretty. I was a bit shaken up mentally when I realized what could have happened. I had two choices here, stop benching heavy and play it safe, or continue to bench heavy and get stronger. The simplification of that is do I want to be weak, or do I want to be strong? When I looked at it that way, I realized I only had one option. I was going to get stronger, even if it injured me or worse because I am committed to that goal.

I am pretty sure that mentality is not the healthiest mentality to have and it might even take me to an early grave, but I am ok with that. I am not a powerlifting champion, but that is part of what I believe it takes to become one. I doubt I will ever get to the top of the top, but I have committed myself to giving it everything I can.

So for me, motivation isn't really a question. For me, it is about commitment. If you're having trouble staying committed, it might be a good idea to see what other priorities you have that are preventing you from making the commitment it sounds like you want to make. Then, ask yourself if your strength/bodybuilding goals are more important than those priorities. If they aren't, that is ok too. Everyone has their own path to walk in life and the path of the iron is only chosen by a very small percentage of people.
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Start over everyday. That's is why lifting is a reflexion life. And for my 2 cents motivation is everything. Choice is dictated by motivation.
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Set short term goals.

Enjoy the journey, dont just worry about the destination.
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So for me, motivation isn't really a question. For me, it is about commitment. If you're having trouble staying committed, it might be a good idea to see what other priorities you have that are preventing you from making the commitment it sounds like you want to make. Then, ask yourself if your strength/bodybuilding goals are more important than those priorities. If they aren't, that is ok too. Everyone has their own path to walk in life and the path of the iron is only chosen by a very small percentage of people.
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You HAVE to love lifting weights...its repetitive and, to some, boring....

You have to love the journey a lot more than the destination.

If you dont TRULY love lifting, you are temporary at best.
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I have been training with weights now for 28 years. I have been involved with fitness for over 30 years. my motivation has remained high for one reason I love exercise and I love lifting weights. Some guys love the results. Wow the results are good I love lifting weights regardless of the results. I love progression. I love being able to go into the gym in control progression. Control my effort. I love to see improvements in the numbers and that keeps me motivated. This improvement, or love for improvement, has kept me going for a very long time.
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