I can’t…because I don’t have time. I can’t…because I’m too busy. I can’t…because I have a fast metabolism. I can’t…because I have a slow metabolism. I can’t…because ‘I have issues.’ I can’t…because I am too old. I can’t…because I don’t have the proper exercise attire. I can’t…because I have limited exercise equipment. I can’t…because gyms are expensive to join. I can’t…because gyms intimidate me. I can’t…because my gym isn’t a positive environment. All these are valuation excuses we talk ourselves into believing. Such beliefs make us accept our own closures and limit our possibilities. We tend not to believe in ourselves when we compare ourselves with others because we simply do not measure up. And quite frankly, it’s a shame. Who’s to blame? I AM…because it is MY mind-set.
When I was a teenager, I wrote to Arnold Schwarzenegger about my belief of moving to Venice Beach, California, the “Mecca of Bodybuilding,” to train at the famous Gold’s Gym where positive thinking is contagious. Arnold responded to my somewhat boyish question in Muscle & Fitness Magazine and his reply devastated me. He said, “If you can’t be a first-rate bodybuilder where you are at, then forget it.” I hated him and felt stupid for even asking the question. But as the years rolled by his answer made more sense to me and it challenged me: I could train “first-rate” at any gym and feel like a “first-rate bodybuilder”.
This quest took me from training in my hometown to gyms across the country from Michigan, Montana, Oregon to California. This same “mind-set” was carried overseas to Japan and the Middle East, and back to the United States where I settled in Spokane, Washington. Regardless what the gyms looked like, what the environment was like, and kinds of equipment – all these things that we look for in a gym – I trained first-rate and imagined myself a first-rate bodybuilder. Train first-rate!
Become “first-rate” at anything you have a passion for. Become a first-rate Vlogger. Become a first-rate YouTuber. Become a first-rate Uber-driver. Become first-rate at anything you have a passion for and CREATE OPPORTUNITIES for yourself to branch off and create big and better opportunities to GROW your PASSION! Set your mind on your passion but it starts in your own backyard, your hometown, and enlarges from there. FOCUS ON YOU!