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Old 09-20-2007, 08:52 PM
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Default Re: The Journey of a pHD bodybuilder - Train, Eat, and Think like a Pro!

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One psychological tip to fellow students out there.

I was listening to this professor who is collaborating on some work with us in our lab, and he said he had not been in the gym in 2 weeks because he was so busy!

I have 3 exams in about 10 days. I have an incredible amount of studies I need to do. So I could easily just phone it in and get through my workouts casually or take a day off here or there. But I said to myself today, "this is the lifestyle you have chosen. If you think it's getting any easier you are fooling yourself. So either make a decision now to train hard-core, or it's never going to happen."

And that's the truth. If you are a college student, particularly if you are a graduate student, your going to be swamped...pretty much the rest of your life. It's just a matter of taking the approach that you are going to do whatever it takes to be a successful bodybuilder.

A lot my success I would attribute to goal setting, which we discuss extensively in our anatomy section under psychology if anyone is interested.

But another component is self sacrifice. In order for me to thrive as a pHD student, bodybuilder, bodybuilding entrepreneur, among other ventures, it takes an incredible amount off dedication and "sacrifice." I have no leeway here; if I am off my game for just a few days, then I fall behind, and it's hard to catch back up. So leisure time is great and should be done; but handle your business first and foremost. If leisure time really gets in the way of your training, or studies, then you need to get your priorities straight IF your goal is to reach your ultimate potential. I find that there is time for both, to a certain extent. You simply need to take a break every once in a while. And thriving in a social milieu is an inherent need of humans, that should not be neglected.

Now, I put sacrifice in scare quotes there, because I have a hard time considering it a sacrifice personally. Why? Because I love doing what I am doing. And if you are going to be really successful at something, that must be the case. You must love spending 10 hours a day in the lab, and training before and after each lab day. If you don't then your going to be miserable and not nearly as successful. Intrinsic motivation is the key. Read my article on rewards and IM in the psychology section for more info.

So here is my take home message for today: embrace the pain!

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When I read your post, I couldn't help but think of Sly chugging raw egg whites with Eye of the Tiger playing in the background. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

Does your prof. have a wife and kids? I'd imagine having a wife and kids would force you to change your priorities from time to time. Though I agree, nothing is more important than your health. Like Arnold said in his book, there is no excuse for not working out. He said if you really want to you will find a way! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I agree it's all about goals. I have a whiteboard in my office at home. Each day I spend about 10 minutes plotting my goals for the day and the week. Then I pray that they will be accomplished. Makes a HUGE difference. I also think that if the Lord is blessing your work, you will find that whatever you touch will prosper. Even though it will seem like there is not enough time and no way to get through a series of goals, the Lord will bring them to fruition! The Lord tempers us though. We have to work hard at it, and we will have to have faith, but He will give us favor in the areas He's blessed us in. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
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