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         FITNESS TIPS FOR 12/3/2003                

Bodybuilding and Fitness Motivation  

Trying Vs. Commitment
by Tom Venuto

I know a lot of people who are contemplating the idea of entering a 
bodybuilding, figure, fitness, or "Body for Life" competition. Before they 
even start, I can always - with nearly 100% accuracy - predict the ones 
who will fail or quit. 

How do I know? Simple; they are the ones who say, "I'll try it...I might 
do it...I'll give it a shot...I'll train for a while, then see how I look... If I 
look ok, then I'll do it, but if I don't look good enough, then I'm not 
doing it."  

Can you hear the lack of commitment in those words?  It's very 
wishy-washy isn't it? These people are giving themselves an "out."  
They've allowed themselves the option of quitting or failing before 
they've even begun.

Take this test: Pick up a pencil and hold it between your thumb and 
forefinger. Now hold it out at arms length and try to drop it.  

If you actually dropped it, you didn't follow instructions, so do it 
again: Now this time, "try" to drop it.  Go on, try. Try again. Try 
harder. Try even harder. What happened?  If you followed 
instructions and you really "tried," then the pencil is still in your 
hand. Why? Because trying is the same as not doing. 
That may have seemed like a silly experiment, but the point is 
clear isn't it? You can't "try" anything - you either do something 
or you don't. A wise old Jedi master once said, "Try not. Do, or do 
not. There is no try." 

Actually, "trying" is worse than not even making the attempt. 
"Trying" is apologizing for failure in advance. "Trying" is 
struggling to do something, all the while knowing deep inside that 
you won't succeed. "Trying" means being filled with self-doubts 
and fear.

I've always noticed that people who lack commitment use the word 
"try" -- A LOT. "Trying" presupposes that you are going to fail.  Try 
is a very dangerous word and I urge you banish it from your 
vocabulary completely.

We're not just talking about fitness or bodybuilding; if you're 
afflicted by this "disease" called "trying," it is going to affect every 
area of your life.

For example, if you tell your boss you'll "try" to have that report 
done by Friday, what you're really saying is that you'll start 
working on the report, but there's no way you'll have it done by 
Friday.  Isn't that the truth? Have you ever said something like 
that before?

Now let's look at the opposite of trying, and that is, commitment: 

Here's the definition of commitment from Webster's:

Com-mit-ment \ke-'mit-ment\ n.  1. To make a promise and follow 
through with it    2. An agreement or pledge to do something  3. 
The state of being obligated or emotionally impelled.

Let's emotionalize and expand on that textbook definition even 

Commitment is like a general leading his army across a bridge 
into enemy territory and burning the bridge behind them. The
 general tells his troops they must now win or perish. There is 
no surrender, no retreat, no turning back. 

Commitment is when you go beyond mere hoping, wishing, 
dreaming, yearning or pining.  Commitment is where you cut off 
all other options and you make a real decision. The decision is 
not traced in the sand, it is carved into stone, set into cement. 
It's solid.

Making a commitment requires courage, but the instant you 
make a commitment, wonderful and amazing things start to 
happen.  The moment you commit yourself 100%, you begin to 
utilize the parts of your mind that most humans never tap into.  
You harness the awesome strength of your will. Obstacles 
evaporate.  All the pieces of the puzzle come together. You 
experience synchronicity. You set into motion powerful forces 
that swiftly carry to your destination on wings of passion.

In 1951, W.H. Murray wrote the following passage in "The 
Scottish Himalayan Expedition."  It is likely to be the most 
powerful piece of prose about commitment you will ever read. I 
suggest you print it out and post it in a conspicuous place where 
you'll see it every day. Then read it over and over again until it 
becomes a part of your psyche.

"Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw 
back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative 
(and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of 
which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the 
moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence 
moves also.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise 
have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, 
raising in one's favor all manors of unforeseen incidents and 
meetings and material assistance, which no human could have 
dreamt would have come their way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: 
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has 
genius, power, and magic in it."

The great Earl Nightingale, founder of the motivation and personal 
development industry in the United States, tells a poignant story 
about the power of commitment in his book "The Essence of 
Success." Earl wrote that the first time an American team of 
mountain climbers set out to conquer Mount Everest, a 
psychiatrist interviewed them before they left the United States. 

Each climber was questioned in detail about their upcoming quest, 
and in particular, the interviewer made it a point to ask everyone 
on the team the following question; "Will you make it to the top of 
Mt. Everest?"

All of the team members answered enthusiastically with lines such 
as "I'll do my best" or "I'll give it my best shot" or "I'm sure going 
to try" or "I'm going to work at it."

One man had a different answer. When asked, "Will you get to the 
top?" he quietly and confidently replied, "Yes I Will." Is it any 
surprise that this man was the first one to the summit while many 
others didn't make it at all?

If succeeding in fitness, bodybuilding or weight loss is as simple 
as making a commitment, then why do so few people commit to 
their goals?  The answer is obvious: Fear of failure. They are 
afraid to announce their goal to themselves or others and then
 face the possibility of humiliation, disappointment and failure. 

Because of this fear, many people never even start.  Others get 
started, but they never commit 100%. They give a half-hearted
 attempt. They straddle the fence. They have one foot in and one 
foot out, ready to bail at any moment if the tide turns against 

Commitment means bold action with no doubt and no fear. Henry 
David Thoreau described it as "advancing confidently in the 
direction of your dreams." It is an attitude of throwing yourself 
headfirst into an endeavor with total faith and certainty. 

Commitment is not an "I'll try it" mindset; it's an "I'll do it" 
mindset. Those three simple words, "I'LL DO IT," are 
responsible for more successes than any other words in the 
English language. 

My friend, if there are any true secrets to getting in phenomenal 
shape, TOTAL COMMITMENT is one of them. Set a goal and 
then COMMIT YOURSELF 100%. There is no middle ground - 
you're either committed or you're not. Don't ever "try" 
anything. As Nike says, JUST DO IT!!!

About the Author:
Tom Venuto is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, personal trainer, gym 
owner, freelance writer and author of "Burn the Fat, Feed The 
Muscle" (BFFM): Fat Burning Secrets of the World's Best 
Bodybuilders and Fitness Models. To get the FACTS on exactly how, 
what & when to eat and how to train to achieve maximum fat loss, 
without losing muscle or slowing down your metabolism... AND
 to discover the shocking truth about the diet, weight loss and 
supplement industries,:  Check out Tom's e-book online click here

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