This is an excerpt from my new book Get Ripped Regardless: Escape the Gym, Look Great, Love Life.
It was a great challenge writing a book that combined both personal experience over a number of years and detailed research and study. With lots of other things going on and a 9-5 job it meant a lot of 16-18 hour Saturdays, a lot of missed meals, and a lot of weekday evenings spent writing and learning.
Was it worth it?
Absolutely. One million percent.
For once, I now appreciate the writing process for what it is – hard work. I also came to the realisation that foregoing instant gratification, putting the hours in and working hard on something that you’re passionate about pays off unconditionally.
It’s all a matter of time and persistence. I liken the whole ‘starting an ambitious project and seeing it through no matter what’ to going on a haunted house ride at the fun fair. You know what you’re getting into as you get strapped in, and as you’re plunged into the darkness with all of the cackling shrieks and bumps in the night, you’re on red alert for hidden dangers, wondering what’s going to jump out on you or leer out of the shadows.
Then, as the sounds cease and daylight breaks through the exit curtain you realise that none of the worries or pains were real. Instantly, they’re gone, and you’ve made it.
When you know it’s a game, you can play like you have nothing to lose.
And that’s how success happens. Whether it’s in your private life, your relationships, your business, your finances, or you’re body.
Never ask for permission. Just apologise later.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the book and be sure to check it out on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. It’s at a special super-low launch price at the moment so you can get the whole thing for basically nothing. Here’s the excerpt:
“For hundreds of thousands of men and women all over the world, they first picked up a weight or pumped out some push ups because of his success. For every bullied kid or tormented teenager, I bet a few of them owe a debt to his unapologetic attitude. Regardless of your stance on his politics, acting or bodybuilding, he led the way for many people to live more effective, fearless lifestyles.
Below are the techniques and philosophies that allowed him to live the life that he wanted, illustrated with a few chosen words from the man himself.
We all have great inner power. The power is self-faith. There’s really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry you have to want to conquer.
Before I won my first Mr. University title, I walked around the tournament like I owned it. I had won it so many times in my mind, the title was already mine. Then when I moved on to the movies I used the same technique. I visualised daily being a successful actor and earning big money.
I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way – I hope it never will.
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.
For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
My instinct was to win, eliminate anyone who is in competition, destroy my enemy, and move on without any kind of hesitation at all.
Admit your mistakes openly
Politically there were failures. And also on the personal level, there were tremendous failures.
I don’t suffer of anything that I’ve lost.
Set your Fitness Principles now, so you can use them for life:
I do the same exercises I did 50 years ago and they still work. I eat the same food I ate 50 years ago and it still works.
Put the hours in:
There are no shortcuts—everything is reps, reps, reps.
Forget what others think of you:
People should make up their own mind about what they think of me.
Whatever you do, don’t follow the crowd:
The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.
Know that pain will pass, and when it does you’ll be a champion:
Good things don’t happen by coincidence. Every dream carries with it certain risks, especially the risk of failure. But I am not stopped by risks. Supposed a great person takes the risk and fails. Then the person must try again. You cannot fail forever. If you try ten times, you have a better chance of making it on the eleventh try than if you didn’t try at all.
The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.
And then finally, one of my personal favourites:
Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.
A lot of what Arnold says is of infinite use in our daily lives; in our moments of despair and torment as we struggle and strive. His attitude and sentiments echo those of another great champion:I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.
Know who that was? I’ll leave it up to you to find out. The message is clear, however: live a fearless life, one unencumbered by negativity and full of self-made promise. Have faith. Believe. Dream. And always, always love what you do.”
Get Ripped Regardless is available in the Amazon Kindle store in pretty much all countries. Purchase it today and get fit for life.