Momentum: How To Keep From Losing Your Edge!
by Lee Labrada
This week I want to talk a little about something called momentum and how to prevent you from losing your edge.
Here’s a story that I want to share with you:
Back in 1986, I was feverishly preparing for the IFBB Night of the Champions (a pro bodybuilding contest). I knew this was my chance at becoming an established pro body builder, if I won.
Saying that I trained extremely hard is an understatement. I practically “sweated blood” in the gym. I was hungry to break into the “top 10.” It was all I could think about for months. I prepared like I had never prepared for a bodybuilding show, leaving no stone unturned when it came to training or nutrition.
What fueled my fire the most was when I would hear people say that there absolutely was no way I could win against guys that outweighed me by 30 to 40 pounds. That made me even more determined to win.
When the big night came, I found myself on stage with formidable champions like Robbie Robinson and other legends who had competed against Arnold Schwarzenegger – and it really blew my mind!
Because of my attention to detail and my unwavering commitment, I ended up winning the contest! I had accomplished what had only been a dream of mine for years–I was so proud!
My picture soon started to appear in body building mags and I was getting interviewed for articles left and right. It was a blast!
Then, with the “big win” under my belt, I relaxed. By the time I began training for the 1987 Pro World Championship in Germany, I had gotten a little too confident, which negatively affected my usual attention to detail.
To make a long story short, I ended up getting beaten by a fellow competitor (and friend of mine) who shouldn’t have beaten me.
As you can imagine, I was devastated. But, I learned a valuable lesson in humility and the importance of never underestimating your competition. It also reinforced the concept of consistency and keeping your momentum going.
Now, this type of incident certainly isn’t rare in professional sports. Just think how many times a young heavyweight boxer wins the title-gets too full of himself–and then gets K.O.’d a fight or two later.
Or, how ’bout a pro football team that trounces an opponent in the opening rounds of the playoffs-gets overconfident–and then gets their season handed to them on a platter the next week out.
So the “take home” message is this: No matter how good things are going now no matter how lean and muscular you’ve become… it can all be gone in an instant if you kick back and don’t continue to attack your goals with intensity and commitment.
And, believe me, I’m writing this tip as much for my sake as yours. You see, it’s great that Labrada Nutrition has had some success. But, I know that if I don’t continue to produce the highest quality products, or if I take a break from giving you the support and guidance you need to build a better body… our momentum could shift.
That’s why I’m committed to helping you to the best of my ability. And, why I continue to write tips like this one each week as well as interact with all of you via my Facebook Fan Page!
How To Keep From Losing Momentum
So how do you keep from losing your momentum?
1) Stay focused. It is easier to maintain your focus than to lose it and try to re-establish it after a fall.
2) Stay hungry. Keep mentally reinforcing the payoff… a better, more successful you.
3) List the reasons why your goals are desirable, and keep them nearby to refer to daily.
4) Push yourself. Challenge yourself. Do something difficult to do every day, to keep your senses sharp and develop discipline. Hardship forges a strong character. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
In closing, if your New Year’s resolution to gain muscle and lose fat has already been placed on the back burner, now is the perfect time to re- commit yourself and build the momentum you need to succeed. I know you can do it!
Until next time, I am
Your Lean Body Coach™
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