Some of the most legendary physiques in history have employed a very powerful mental technique to help them achieve their goals: visualization.
They didn’t just focus on the ideal image – they knew exactly how to train in order to reach their ideal physique. So many beginners start a training and nutritional program without really knowing what they want to actually look like at the end of their goals. Most people will say “I just want to get bigger and stronger” or “I want to be aesthetic” – but do they even know what that means? Do they know what muscles to train in order to achieve their goal? Using the power of visualization can make enormous changes in how you start preparing yourself and can be a vital component to your successful program.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said “You gotta go to the gym and feel like every rep that you do is getting you one step closer to that goal, to make that vision that you have turn into reality. “ Arnold was a big believer in visualization – if you can’t see, then how can you build it? This not only applied to his career as one of the best bodybuilders in history, but also to his acting and political career.
If you want to build a body worthy of admiration, you need to first understand your genetics. Why are genetics so important? Because you have to understand your strengths and weaknesses before you can develop a plan of action. Unfortunately too many see someone with a great physique on social media and think “I want to look just like that” or “I want arms like his”. But we can’t change our genes and transform our bodies into something they were not meant to be.
That’s the unfortunate truth. But the good news is, if you bust your butt in the gym and in the kitchen, you will slowly create the body you admired. It might not be identical to the one you originally saw, but you will have created a base where you can see your body and the potential it has to be something even better. But all of this won’t start without you visualizing your success and taking all the right steps to get there.
Visualization techniques are used by successful athletes in every sport. But the practice has to be grounded in reality. Let’s say your goal is to get improve your chest strength to add more muscle in that area. If you haven’t been working towards a goal for a very long time, it will next to impossible to go from 50 pounds on an incline dumbbell press to 150 pounds the next time you go to the gym.
The key is to visualize so you can actualize. The first step is developing a mental image of your goal – how you want to look, how heavy you want to lift, how fast you want to run. Next, you have to visualize your daily actions – the steps you are going to take on a daily basis to actually make that visualization a reality. The power an image can have on your mindset is unbelievable, but the most important thing is that you truly believe what you are visualizing. Don’t treat it like a daydream. Visualize like it’s already happening and will happen in the near future.
Visualize every step of the way and plan how you will get there. This technique will be invaluable in helping you reach your goals. But the key message always will be “Believe In Yourself”.