Becoming a successful Physique Competitor takes more than just having the best trainer and coaches. You also need self-discipline, patience, and a strong work ethic fueled by a strong desire to grow and improve.Everyone desires to do great things its human nature, but not everyone is willing to go through the trials and tribulations that develop the character of greatness. Before we can achieve great things we need to adopt the character nature of greatness. We first have to make our habits then our habits make us. The following are the six character habits I have identified in every successful Physique Competitor that I feel develops the character nature of greatness.

                         The Success Six

1.Successful physique competitors always show up and show out. The first step in becoming successful in our sport is to always show up and give 100% effort, period. Whether it is a posing session or a morning workout, successful physique competitors always show up to practice or a training session and give 100% effort! If you are serious about reaching your highest potential, show up and show out!

2.Successful physique competitors take responsibility.The most successful competitors refrain from complaining, blaming others for their results or justifying their mistakes. Actions like these are disempowering and do nothing but create mental clutter that affects focus.Responsibility means response-able—you have the ability to respond to lifes challenges in a manner that supports your goals.When you abdicate your responsibility to lifes circumstances you then become lifes punching bag and subsequently a breeding ground for negativity.

3.Successful physique competitors go the extra mile.One common characteristic of many successful competitors is a willingness always to do a little bit extra. Competitors who are truly serious about being successful will put in the extra time needed to refine their posing technique, pay attention to stage presence details, and make every set and rep count.Success lies in the detail and this cliche rings loudest in our sport.

4.Successful physique competitors communicate openly with their coaches and trainers.Coaches and trainers are not mind readers, so effective communication skills are a must for any successful competitor. Keep the lines of communication open between you and your coach so everyone is on the same page and pulling in the same direction.Although your coaches and trainers are knowleagable always remember they work for you so dont be bashfull to ask questions and provide your two cents.

5.Successful physique competitors set process goals.Each day is an opportunity for you to improve your physique, and one of the best ways to do that is to set daily process goals for yourself. Process goals are incremental goals that are easily measurable and keep you focus as you move toward your bigger goals. A process goal can be as simple as getting an extra hour of sleep a day or drinking 20 ounces more of water. Successful competitors constantly look for opportunities to improve, and many use process goal setting to stay on track and measure their progress.

6.Successful physique competitors study the champions before them.Success leaves clues!If you want to be successful, emulate people who have already achieved success. Many successful competitors cut the their learning curve in half by modeling other champions. There’s always something new to learn in the world of physique competitions, and studying other successful competitors is a great way to improve your skills and grow.

To become a successful physique competitor, you have to develop the moxie that makes up the character of a winner. Success leaves clues, and I feel these six habits are like bread crumbs that lead to success in our sport or any sport for that matter. Be open to learning new things and willing to put in a lot of hard work, but in the end, make the success six a habit and a part of your daily grind and watch as your journey as a physique competitor takes off.

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