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December 1, 2023

You Need a Positive Mental Attitude
to Achieve Your Workout Program

By Doberman Dan

(The following is reprinted from my book, "How A Genetically Average Joe Can Gain 25 Pounds Of Muscle In 8 Weeks")

Zig Ziglar, one of the top experts in the country on attitude and motivation said, "Your attitude determines your altitude." Your attitude will determine your level of success, not only in this program, but in every area of your life. Although an exhaustive study of this topic is beyond the scope of this book, later in this chapter I will recommend a few books that have been instrumental in helping thousands of people understand the role of attitude in the quest for success.

The most important thing you need to do right now is believe that this program will bring the gains you desire, and commit to faithfully following the program for eight weeks. Nowadays it seems to be necessary to explain the word "commitment". In the age of a 60% divorce rate, kids quitting school at a record rate, and a nation that says "when the going gets tough...quit", it becomes quite obvious that most Americans do not understand or practice commitment in any aspect of their lives. That is pathetic...and that attitude will destroy ANY possible chance of success in anything ever occurring in your life.

You Need a Positive Mental Attitude<br> to Achieve Your Workout Program One of my favorite teachers always used parables to get his message across, so I would like to use a little illustration to help you understand what "commitment" means. Think of your breakfast...or at least the breakfast recommended in the sample diet. Eggs and bacon, right? Now think about what was involved in that breakfast. The chicken was involved in your breakfast...but the pig was COMMITTED!!! Commitment means that you don't quit because things start getting tough. You don't rack the weight half way through your set of squats because it hurts a little and it's hard. You don't blow off a workout because you want to watch T.V. (T.V. stands for "The Vacuum" because it sucks out your brain. All the truly successful people I know watch very little or no T.V.) You don't quit drinking your gallon of milk a day because you're tired of it or you don't want to carry your gallon thermos to work or school. You don't quit this program after two weeks because you're not Mr. Universe yet. Stick with it for the whole eight weeks. Only an eight week commitment to achieve your strength and size goals! What have you got to lose? Chances are you've been in a rut and not growing for years. Change now and follow this program or you will probably be stuck in this no-growth rut forever!

Don't quit something when it gets tough and painful. If you keep pushing and staying consistent, your successful break-through is usually just around the corner. If you quit too soon you will rob yourself of the success that is within inches of your grasp. Those who have the guts to keep going through the disappointments, trials, pain, and set backs always achieve the big successes in life. It is a guaranteed law of the universe.

Those who quit when the going gets tough never accomplish anything. If you are a quitter, then welcome to "Weenie Land". You'll have a lot of company there, and everybody will have plenty of excuses to justify their miserable lives. You can expect to wallow in mediocrity, at best, for the rest of your life.

You Need a Positive Mental Attitude<br> to Achieve Your Workout Program If you have been a quitter in the past, choose to change that right now. You have the capacity to change. You were engineered for success, designed for accomplishment, and endowed with the seeds of greatness. Study the books that I recommend and start to understand the power that you have available. Start to understand how your mind works and start putting in positive information every day to counteract all the negative seeds that have been planted in your mind over the years. You can really achieve any goal that you set your mind to. Napoleon Hill in the classic success book Think And Grow Rich said, "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

Write your goals down with a date that you want to achieve them. A goal without a date attached is just a wish. Believe that you can accomplish whatever you commit to, every day begin to visualize the outcome you desire, and develop a day by day, or week by week plan to attain those goals.

I have included a page with a daily schedule on it. Feel free to make copies of it and use it to help plan your days. I have also included a copy of a training log that says, "THINK BIG". Make as many copies of this as you like and record your exercises, weights, sets, and reps done at every workout. (Editor's note: This refers to the printed version of the book or the WinBook version. These forms are not included in this E-mail newsletter.) This will not only log your progress but will keep you from slacking off. If you look back over three weeks of training logs and find out that you have been doing the same weight and reps in your exercises, then you know it is time to start pushing yourself. I really started making consistent progress when I started keeping a training log.

I know that this program will provide the results that you have been hoping for, if you really follow it faithfully. I wish you all the best and all the muscle and success that you are willing to work for!

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