There are some fantastic inspirational videos available on YouTube and other platforms, and recently, I was recommended the following speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger. My first suggestion is that you check it out yourself. It is way better than any article I might ever write, but if you don't want to check it out, please keep on reading!
In the video, Arnold is sharing his story. How did he become such a successful bodybuilder (a world champion at the age of 20), who later turned into a world-famous actor, and later became the governor of California in the United States! He would have gone for president as well, but since he was born in Austria, that couldn't be done.
He found someone to look up to and to follow!
Arnold saw a magazine portraying the most famous body-builder in the world when he was a kid. He got a goal, he got a vision. He wanted to become like the person. He worked out 5-6 hours a day to reach his goals... because he was shooting for a goal!
Everything he did, every exercise was a part of making his goals turn into reality. It made him happy, even when he was tired after doing 1000 sit-ups and more. At the age of 20, he won the world championship for body-builders!
Visualizing your goal makes it fun to exercise!
Your liability becomes your strength!
Can you imagine a movie star looking like a crazy body-builder? Many people said the body would stop Arnold Schwarzenegger from turning into a big and famous actor. He had roles in smaller movies, but got a giant breakthrough with his role as Conan the Barbarian. After the movie, the director said that they especially needed the body of Arnold for this to work. If he wouldn't have been there, they would have to create such a body!
Arnold even went to a school in the United States to get rid of his accent. But, do you know what? If it wasn't for his liability (his accent), he would never have turned into the Terminator that so many people love in the world today.
In other words, if you have qualities that you hate about yourself and feel as they are your weaknesses. Trust that it can be turned to good and that you will be able to use them for good!
Even if people say no, don't listen to them. Don't listen to the nay-sayers. You need to have a goal and a vision, and then work hard to get there! And even if people go against you and say that it will be impossible because of your look or your accent (like with Arnold), think about what he achieved in his movie career BECAUSE of his look and his accent!
Haven't you watched the clip yet?
It is ten minutes... go ahead and watch it. If you want to grow, you need to invest in your own life and your own growth. To grow, you need to feed whatever you want to grow. So, if you want to grow in your own life, you need to feed your soul, your spirit, your inner man! This can be done by reading books, listening to people that you look up to and that you can learn from, and by watching fantastic clips such as this one on YouTube!
I hope you have enjoyed it and that you feel encouraged. I for sure do!
This is an original article written by me for Project Hope!