The decision to become a competitor in any sport is a serious one that teaches a lot of lessons about life. Not only are you competing against other people who are just as talented and committed as you; you are competing against yourself. In order to be successful you have to take the process full on and accept all that comes with it. I would say good and bad, but the bad is only “bad” if you allow it to be that way in your life. Competitions can either set you free or they can cause you to reevaluate your decisions. As for myself, it has been a freeing experience and I have learned some very valuable life lessons that I can apply to all areas of my life:
1. Not everyone will support you. Sure, you think you are doing the greatest thing in the world. You get up at 4am in the morning, you stick to your diet, you workout faithfully, and you still find time to be there for everyone; however, not all of your friends and family will understand or support the process. You have to understand that it is not their responsibility to make life easier for you. They are not competing…you are. So instead of blaming everyone else, you have to just listen to them and know that they don’t see the process the way you see it. As long as you don’t allow them to distract you…just take the comments and move on. Don’t be mad about what you can’t change.
2. You can’t halfway be in it. You have to go all in or nothing. First of all, you don’t want to embarrass yourself and second, you won’t be successful if you are not committed. People at the top don’t get there by being lazy.
3. If you have the desire, you can do it! There is a reason why you have a desire to do something. Not everyone wakes up and says, “I want to compete in a bodybuilding competition.” So take the nudging as life’s way of telling you to get off your butt and do it!
4. One day at a time…change takes time. We can’t predict how long but what we can predict is that eventually change will come. It is up to you stick with it.