We often find ourselves wondering about our daily lives—we know that our lives are meant for a greater purpose, but what is our calling? How do we know what our life is meant for? It’s easy to know what your passions are. We all have a passion for something in life. What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? What’s the last thing you think about going to bed? What do you constantly think about during the day when nothing else is going on? I can’t stop thinking about being the best bodybuilder I can be and making the greatest positive impact on people’s lives.
Set A Goal
Setting a goal is crucial. It’s not just dreaming of one day achieving what you want; it’s having faith that you will meet a standard that you’ve set for yourself. To achieve a goal, you must raise your standards on a daily basis. You have to change your daily habits and expect more from yourself. You are what you consistently do. If you keep doing the same thing every day, you will continue to get the same result.
Create A Plan
You have to create a plan of action if you want to achieve your goal. Dreaming of becoming an IFBB Pro bodybuilder doesn’t just happen by training in the gym and showing up on show day the same way as you’ve always done before. You have to expect that every time you go to the gym, you will get the most out of every rep, every set, every exercise, every day. You will know when you leave the gym if you gave everything you had or not. Be happy, but never be satisfied.
The goal is set, the plan of action is set, now you just have to finish strong. In anything in life, you have to finish through the plan. There’s absolutely no excuse to stop short of a goal, but don’t stop once you’ve reached the destination. You have to achieve your expectations and then continue to raise your standards. Although you should be happy that you achieved your short term or long term goal, know that once you have achieved what you set out to accomplish, you still have more in the tank to give. That’s how you finish strong and finish through your goals. Little tasks accomplished every day will get you to where you want to go in life.
Stay True To Who You Are
Probably the most difficult thing to do when striving for something great is to not deviate from your core identity and your values. Stay true to who you are. Do not sell your soul to the devil as they say. It’s easy to get caught up in hype and lose sight of what’s really important. Put your morals and ethics in the forefront of your vision. Keep a constant check on who you are and what you are doing. It’s great to strive for a goal, but it’s not worth it if you lose yourself. It may be more difficult and it may take you longer to achieve your goal, but when you do get there, you will be more satisfied knowing you did what was right. Don’t take shortcuts. Give your all to be the best version of you in every aspect of life.
We are in a constant physical, mental, and spiritual evolution. Whether it's how we approach training, the thought process behind getting ready for a show, or the overall outlook on life, we're always changing, fine tuning, and improving. Derek Lunsford, who has quickly shot from amateur to the upper 1% of the pro ranks, dives deep on how his training has morphed over the past few years.
John, I am writing this to guide you in a very uncertain time in your life. As the decade older version of you, I have gained knowledge that will really help you move forward in exactly what you want to do. You just graduated with your bachelor’s. Well done! At the end of this degree you finally gained some confidence in your academic ability. Your collegiate powerlifting journey was a great feat as well and, now that it’s coming to an end, bodybuilding has piqued your interest. I know you have lots of questions about what to do for a career—should you continue your education and how can you become a bodybuilder? I am going to guide you through this.