Have you ever wanted to do something, but have never done it? You've told yourself you really want to do it, but there's always been a reason not to follow through.
So… let's discuss making things happen, amazing support and how important mindset really is.
I (Lorna) have always wanted to enter a Figures Competition (like bodybuilding – with a little less muscle definition). For a few years I've been saying I wanted to do it, but there has always been something that “got in the way”. There were scheduled activities for the kids, injuries, didn't start training early enough, etc., etc. Basically, plain old excuses.
However, this summer I committed to the training and the diet (death by chicken) and competed in a Figures Competition.
It was a phenomenal experience… and the coolest part of it was the amazing support I got from my sweetheart, Pat. I'm pretty sure the audience appreciated how much he supported me as well. Watch and listen to this very cool moment…
So now I wonder why I waited so long to do this. And it brings awareness to this question: what things do we put off, things that would be amazing experiences if only we would just make it happen?
Not only did I have an amazing experience, but a fourth-place finish was like icing on the cake. Being the first competition I entered, and considering the massive amount of things I still needed to learn, that result was great!
In Alberta the association that holds these competitions is the Alberta Bodybuilding Association they are a class act all the way and are run like most associations with volunteers. Here are the 2010 Muscle Beach Fall Classic Results and I placed fourth in Tier 1 Figure Short.
The other competitors were all friendly, helpful, supportive, nervous and very hungry 😉
Some big learning experiences for me were:
1) Even though I thought I was dark, I was still very white!
2) There were no egos backstage
3) Bring food to competitions
4) The volunteers were amazing
5) Even thou the event was a “Judged” event, I entered for the experience
Even the awards ceremony had a moment we all felt was very touching. It's so cool that the people who hosted the competition appreciate how important family is…
In the bodybuilding world there is so much focus on training principles, nutrition, supplements, calorie counts, sodium reduction, fat/carb/protein ratios, etc. It can be confusing and take a lot of time and energy to manage.
Watching the posing routine of the guest poser Kai Greene… we figured for sure he had it all down to a science. However, we were totally blown away with what he said in the interview that followed his routine. To hear someone who has been so successful at his craft talk about what's really important in getting to the top was a real eye-opener. Kai has some great insight in his interview at 5:49 in the video below. Well worth the time to listen to these wise words… Thank you Kai!
So… if there's something you've always wanted to do… GO FOR IT!! Find those who support you, get into the right mindset, and just make it happen. There's so much to experience… get out there and discover it.
Oh… and we'd love it if you would share in the comment area below what you are going to make happen in your life.