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5 Inspirational Ideas for the De-Motivated

Posted on February 3rd, 2012 by Lucy

Bodybuilding is a sport of subtlety. There are no big glorious wins, no far-fetched points and no hero shots. It is a sport that is all about the journey … but when you get sick of seeing the same scenery over and over again, it is easy to become demotivated. Today we’ve searched high and low for words of wisdom, from the mouths and minds of bodybuilders as well as other sportspeople, to help get you back on the horse.

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“Everything You Want is Outside Your Comfort Zone”

A solid reminder that if it comes too easy, you probably don’t care much about it. It’s the things which are hard, which make you doubt yourself, which you need to find multiple strategies for achieving, that actually make you proud to be in your own skin. This is related to the idea that “If you do what you have always done, you’ll get what you have always got”.

If your bodybuilding goals are completely within your physical and mental comfort zone, you ain’t gonna go far. What progress you do make is going to be a bit anticlimactic. So, do it till it hurts. Give up your unhealthy Saturday night habits. Get up while your body still wants to be in bed and your eyes are glued shut … cos that’s how you will achieve your goals!

“Try and fail is the manner of losers. Try and learn is the way of the strong”

Ever heard “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”? Well, this inspiration idea just explains it a little better. You won’t ‘get’ everything in bodybuilding first go, sometimes you’ll look like a noob, sometimes people will probably laugh at you behind your back. Never forget that trying, learning, and trying again is the way of the strong.


“When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for”

Choice can be paralysing, in bodybuilding and in everyday life. But when you have a split second before it seems that the decision will be made for you by something out of your control, it’s true … your real desire comes to the front quick-smart. Use it! This one comes courtesy of ‘Unknown’, via the internet.


Learn to Love a Non-Routine

There are literally thousands of different foods, drinks, choices, people, exercises, scenes and skills waiting to be experienced in the world. Control of your diet, exercise and bodybuilding supplement regime is obviously important in bodybuilding – planning and predictability is needed to achieve goals – but don’t let that take over every aspect of your life!


Life: Too Precious to Waste

This little gem of wisdom comes from a strength training site aimed at military personnel, and there’s nobody in the world who feels the home truth of ‘life being too precious to waste’ more than a soldier.

You’ve only got one life. You don’t know when you’re going to lose it. So start making the most of what you got!

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