The gratification that ensues when success is achieved, or the determinants of success, leads us to venture out into other avenues and pursuits that we otherwise wouldn’t entertain or endeavor. When we accomplish the goals set out before us and finally realize our potential and what we can do with it, truly amazing feats can occur. Bodybuilding is all about the small victories that add up over time to become the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of effort. How we measure our success lies within. How we determine our wins is personal and what we ultimately set out to conquer, will be recognized by all.
The Layers For Determinants Of Success
The determinants of success for yourself will come in a multitude of ways and with many layers to it. Gains in size and strength, improved conditioning, better performance, polished presentations and fine tuning all of the little details, all have to be considered measures of success. The way you approach this lifestyle, the mindset you carry with you, how you interact with those around you, what you give back and how you present yourself to the bodybuilding community, all have to be included as well. Being better in all of these categories should be considered determinants of success whether they’re quantifiable or not.
It All Adds Up
Trophies, titles, adulation, popularity and the growth of your online following, all have to be considered terms of success as well. When you win, others around you win as well. We all want to be in the winner’s circle at the end of the night and we all want praise from our peers. The level to which you garner such accolades will be dependent upon your victories and your response to those wins. Will you be gracious and humble when you’re on top? Will you pay it forward and help those the same way others helped you? Will you leave the sport a better place when it’s your time to exit? Again, these are determinants of success in a sport that is typically thought of as an individual pursuit. Your success here will be the inspiration you give others to be great as well.
Time To Handle The Pressure
From time to time, you will feel the pressure of it all. The mounting efforts by others to dethrone you from your title and take from you everything that you’ve earned will always be there. The up and comers who once admired you are now preparing to take you down. The thrill of seeking success has been lost on you now because you have it. What do you do next? How do you stay motivated to continue down the same path you’ve been on? Your success lies in your ability to find the intrinsic motivation needed to forge ahead. You are in control and you are in the driver’s seat. Success to you now will be your willingness to stay here until you feel satisfied with what you’ve accomplished and only you know the answer to that.
The Final Thought
Success will present itself to you in many forms and some of the ways you will realize success will never be known by any other; be at peace with that. You only have to share the victories you want to share and want others to see. The smaller wins that occur when no one is around, when no one is watching and when praise is nowhere to be found, are the wins that matter most. When you have determined that the measure of your own success comes from within, you have found the true benefit to this lifestyle that we have chosen to live. And those are the determinants of success.