The psychology of success

Regardless of your goals, the activity you are partaking in is primarily undertaken with the express purpose of causing your body to physically adapt to that stimulus. However, a more subtle transformation is actually taking place; one that is, in my opinion, the most overlooked aspect of training: your mental state. Once you accept that your mental state is completely under your control, you have laid the foundation for all forms of success. No one is in a better position to decide how far you are willing to go to achieve what you put your mind to.

That being said, the first stage of goal attainment is finding a goal that will evoke passion. In other words, the desire to accomplish. Of course, simply “wanting” something is not enough. Once a fundamental need is created, one can break that need into smaller, more manageable steps. A good way to do this is to set macro and micro goals.

When you are defining a macro goal, it is important to ask yourself this: “What kind of person do I want to be?” More simply put, what exactly are you trying to accomplish in the long term? (e.g. reduce body fat to x %, run the 100m in x seconds and so forth). Conversely, when you are trying to set micro goals, you would ask yourself “What are some immediate steps I can take to achieve my macro goal?” (e.g. lift the knees higher when sprinting, pull higher during a power clean, etc.).Generally, micro goals are adjusted on a day to day basis.

Once you have set your goals, there is no time to waste in applying the measures that are needed to become successful. Ask yourself “what can I do right now to accomplish my objectives?” Prioritizing is not easy but it is essential for long term attainment of goals. By constantly seeking sources of inspiration, one can maintain focus and commitment. It is equally important to maintain a positive but rational attitude. Realize that success is embedded in failure. You are going to fail many times before you succeed: accept this but understand that each failure is simply a challenge. Failures are not an outcome of inadequate effort. They are a process by which you achieve success as long as you accept the challenge to try again. Act in the face of fear. Embrace the fear of failure and use it to fuel desire, to reinforce commitment and see yourself as who you want to be rather than who you have been.

Although training is a very physical process, it is also an opportunity to build both character and self-esteem. Every battle is won and lost before it is fought. Understand that reality is subjective. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. If you are able to approach your training with certainty, clarity and conviction, you can achieve great things. Be patient and control your emotions. Unwavering ambition and confidence are the trademark of a true champion.



Arthur. The Encyclopedia of Weightlifting: A Guide to World Class Performance. Whitestone, NY/USA: A is A Communications, n.d. Print.

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