Attitude is everything - in life, sports, competition, etc.
If your a defeatist (a person who has a acceptance of defeat without struggle) chances are every endeavor you start will end in failure.. . let's try and curb that shall we?
It's not just attitude that can help or hinder your path, it's also about determining exactly where you want to go. All to often we see some extremely vague goals, i.e. "I want to lose weight" or "I want to get stronger", general statements which have a tendency to cross multiple domains. I personally have never heard someone say, "I want to get smarter," cause then they would be reading just about everything. But the person who wants to get smarter usually chooses a topic and then can whittle it down from there. So in regards to goals, let's get specific. With weight loss, you have to be extremely careful. If your performance starts to go up and your bodyweight goes up, but your body composition starts to change for the better, and you feel better, are you going to be angry because you aren't losing weight and instead of looking at yourself, you start looking at a number? If you want to get stronger, are you just going to lift every thing around you in an attempt? Or are you going to try different programs in an attempt to find what is right for you (i.e. Wendler, Texas, etc.)?
When it comes to training, I like to train with a smile, sure there is focus. There has to be focus before you lift
Determination . . .
True Grit . . .
Focus . . .
These factors can lead to a positive performance day in and day out. That and the fact that you know this guy has/had a goal.
Okay, so we figured out that we need goals and an attitude to go with it. We will touch on this topic some more, let's get back into accomplishing small tasks to obtain our goals, cause the rocket had to be built before we could take a shuttle for the moon (dunno why that sounds cheesy - but take it for what it's meant for).
“You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”
- Ralph Marston