The theory behind this chapter is as old as time itself. As far back as recorded
history takes us, the old testament of the bible, successful men have understood
and used this principle. James Allen quoted King Solomon who said, “As
a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” in his book whose title is derived
from that quote “As a Man Thinketh”. That book has been quoted by
hundreds of other authors in an effort to teach them the principles of success.
No matter what area of life a person desires to achieve success in, the “secret”
is the same.
The mind is a powerful thing. What you think about becomes your reality. If
you continue to think that you are skinny or weak, you will continue to be skinny
and weak. On the other hand, if you think thoughts like, “I am getting
stronger everyday” this will become your reality. You must whole-heartedly
believe that you are going to achieve a huge, strong, sexy, muscular physique
before you can achieve it. Truly, anything is possible to he who believes it.
If you can’t wrap your brain around this concept there is almost no point
to even attempting the program. Your mind must grow before your body will follow.There
are exercises you can do to improve your mindset and help you achieve the growth
you desire in your body. These should be done every day.
One exercise is visualization.
Cut out several pictures from fitness magazines of the body type you would like
to have and paste your head on them. Next, place these photos where you will
see them each and every day. Take the time to really study the photos. Imagine
that the image you see is your current reality. Imagine what that body feels
like and the confidence you have in that body. It is important to imagine everything
as if it is true right now. You should find yourself thinking and acting more
confidently even before the physical changes manifest themselves.
Once you have begun to think and feel like a huge guy, the body will naturally
follow. When you look in the mirror, see yourself as the big muscular guy you
would like to be. One of the natural consequences of this type of mindset training
is that you will begin to treat yourself like a big muscular guy and doing the
things that big muscular guys do (lifting weights and eating a lot) will become
more natural to you.
Remember that your brain is the most important muscle to train. New habits take
time to form and without changing your mindset it is easy to give in to frustration
and give up. If your mindset is correct you will make adjustments where needed
and persist in following the program, even when the results are not coming as
quickly as you had hoped for or when the pain is greater than you had imagined
or when finding time in your schedule for your workouts is not as convenient
as you would like it to be. Without the right mindset, minor setbacks can cause
a person to give up, but with the right mindset, NOTHING will stop you from
achieving your goals.