Perspective for competitors. Please share, repost or tag friends/family that compete who could benefit from this. The contest prep season is in full swing. As a personal trainer I've had this same talk with many people through the years and
felt it would be worthwhile to share.
Training and prepping for a show is grueling and takes a lot of focus, determination and sacrifice. This sport we're in, is competitive and subjective. As a competitor, if you just focus on the outcome of the show or how you place, then you are
fully wasting the opportunity to benefit from so many aspects this sport has to offer during your own journey to the stage. Our sport isn't like a race where whoever crosses the finish line first is the clear cut winner, our sport is
subjective. Yes, I said that again because it's crucial that you truly understand that. If you don't then this sport can and will eat you alive.
If athletes don't realize this early on then they're setting themselves up for failure. It's not just about the physical transformation from the outside but this sport is just as tough mentally as it is physically. Most competitors learn so
many things about themselves as they go through the stages of prepping for a show. It takes dedication and a constant desire to push past your comfort zone and get a feel for what you're truly capable of. The journey is filled with joys and
sacrifices and many ups and downs but how you handle it all can teach you a lot about yourself. The accomplishment of pushing through and making it to the stage is the characteristics of a winner. Everything you achieved and what you've worked
hard for has already been done before you step in front of the judges and if you've give it your all and did everything you needed to get there, then you've already won. And nobody can take that away from you. But you have to believe that and
you have to stop and recognize all the little lessons along the way.
Everyone goes into a show with a desire to win, but not everyone does. But that shouldn't mean you “lost”. Even if you won, there's always work to be done, improvements to be made and soon you will be setting a new goal to work towards.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
- Marathons - there's only one winner. Does that mean everyone else lost? When someone tells you they ran a marathon most would never even think to ask if they won. Just because they didn't cross the finish line first does not discount their
efforts of months of training to actually finish their goal.
- If you didn't win your show, does that mean you failed? Your physical transformation alone is an obvious sign of success. And that's just the start. Take time to think about everything you personally achieved.
- What have you learned about yourself through this journey? Hopefully a lot, from the more obvious details like; does your body handle carbs/fats better and which macros work best to fuel your body, to more in depth stuff like being able to
dig deep and find self motivation after a long day when you still need to get to the gym or learning that you really can still have fun and be social while eating clean and don't have to be a homebody or discovering that you actually do have
- You've inspired countless people - friends, family, coworkers and most likely many you aren't even aware of who have watched your journey. Competing in our sport isn't easy and you've accomplished something most could only dream of either
because they've never tried it or because they simply gave up when it got tough.
- So you lost and your upset, now what? Do you just give up? Think about why you started this all in the first place. You obviously got into competing because you enjoy lifting and wanted a goal to persue. So if you quit, then what? Having a
goal like this gives people something to work towards so that you can have a daily feeling of accomplishment as you get closer to your goal. This sport is not for everyone, I get that, but it's much easier to enjoy your time in the gym when
you're working towards something. Don't allow yourself to get lost where you fall out of the good healthy habits you've set for yourself and abandon them all together. Before you give up at least find another fitness goal to set for yourself.
- Everyone went to the show wanting to finish in first place. At some National level show there are up to 1,000 competitors. Not everyone can win. So even though you may be devastated at not placing first, just know you are not the only one.
So many are also feeling the same way you feel because they wanted that first place win, but a true champion stays focused on the goal and sets their sights on what can be improved b cause again it's a subjective sport. The outcome is
determined by who shows up on stage with you that day, how you perform during those few minutes on stage and how the judges compare you to the other on stage. So be a TRUE athlete, not a child who has a pity party because they didn't get
their way. Be an athlete and focus on what you can do better because there's always improvements to be made and your time will come.
- For National competitors - it may take a few shows or a few years to finally nab that Pro card. Understand this. The Nationals shows are getting increasingly competitive as this sport just continues to grow. Don't expect it to happen
quickly, that's a rarity. Having to work your way up at the National level and having a few rough shows is all preparation for the Pro level. Because you have to realize at the Pro level you're starting at the bottom again. You may have been
a big fish at the National level but most new pros are small fish in a big big pond.
- This sport is a mental game just as much as it is a physical game which is what makes it so challenging. Compete because you love it. Do it for the right reasons. Only you know why you even wanted to get in this sport and only you know what
you want to get out of it. If you're doing it all for the right reasons and with the right perspective then I can guarantee it will be a fun ride and you won't be let down.
The right perspective is crucial!