Attitude Is Everything When It Comes To Building Muscle

arnold posing

I'm often asked what is the most important aspect to building muscle and strength - Is it a proper diet?

Is it a well laid out weight training plan? Maybe it's the right combination of supplements or proper rest and recovery?

Well, these things are all very important when it comes to building muscle but without a doubt, the most important element to any successful plan is a positive mind set and attitude.

Your reasons for getting back into shape, must be strong enough to persevere because building muscle and getting into shape is no easy task.

In fact, it'll be one of the hardest things you do because it has to be done, day in and day out, month after month.

Not only that, you have to continuously work harder and harder with each passing day to see any additional improvements. It takes a tremendous amount of diligent work and discipline to keep building muscle and getting back into shape. There will be days or weeks when you absolutely don't feel like hitting the weights or you simply want to fall off your diet. Once you start skipping workouts or talk yourself into hitting up McDonald's, you risk failure.

It's your mind set and attitude that will keep you working hard and staying away from the junk food.

When it comes time to really test ourselves (And there will be times) we need to dig deep and find those reasons that will keep us going forward and making those improvements that will get us to the body of our dreams. This is the real key to building muscle.

Back in the ‘70's, Arnold Schwarzenegger used to put on body building workshops for aspiring young body builders. The body builders would show up expecting to learn the true secrets from the master himself but instead, they got something they weren't expecting. Instead of going over champion weight training routines and dieting secrets, Arnold would go over the importance of motivation, ambition, mind set and attitude. Being a champion himself, he understoond tthat these elements were above all, the most important in achieving your ultimate goal.

You can probably imagine the surprise for these young body builders, but Arnold had it right. Building the body of your dreams is extremely hard work and at times, it's a lot easier to cut and run than to stick with it and keep moving forward. A person needs the right motivation and attitude to keep improving in order to fulfill their ultimate goal.

When you think about it, this goes for just about anything else in life. Regardless if you want to get a better job, make more money, get a better education, or build the body of your dreams, you have to have the right motivation, attitude and mind set to truly achieve your ultimate goal. My father was a man of few words but when he spoke, he told you straight up. He used to say, “If you want it bad enough, you'll get there and if you don't you never will”. True enough.

Regardless of our age or current situation, we can all achieve our goals. Let me give you an example. About a month ago, I received an email from a reader which was very inspirational. It showed me that anyone can get into the best shape of their life, at any age. If the will and motivation are there, anything is possible. Here's the email:


First of all I want to say "Thank you" for putting your wonderful program on the Internet. I am seventy-four years old and did not like what I saw in the mirror last June. I decided right then and there that it was time to try to save the old body. My arms were flabby and I was at least twenty-five pounds overweight. So I got on the net and typed in muscle and up came your site.

Sir, I could not be any happier with the results so far. First I read your program through at least twice. Then I printed out the material and put it into a binder so I could take it with me to the YMCA. Then I printed out the nutrition part and went to the store bought the good fats and the protein powder.

Sir, when I first started in June, I must admit it was sort of hit and miss at first. But in no time at all it started coming together. I had printed out the exercise logs, I made out my goal sheet which I would read everyday and I keep a note book log where I record my meals and what I eat every day. Then I total the calories, protein, carbs and fat at the bottom if the page each day. And I also record my weight at the top of the page each day.

When I first started in June I was very disappointed because it was a struggle to press sixty pounds. But I was determined not to get discouraged. I followed your program to the t and suddenly it was 70lbs. , then 80 and yesterday it was 100. In fact, I did it five reps. My wife and my friends can not believe what has happened. I have dropped from 196 lbs. to 170 as of this morning. My biceps and triceps although only 13" are like rocks. My ABS are showing nicely and I am absolutely elated. I really want to thank you.


My congratulations to John on his amazing transformation. If you notice in his email, John mentioned first and foremost that his number one motivation was to save his body. His motivation and attitude was so strong, that he put a plan of action together and executed the plan on a consistent basis. Now, at 74 years of age, he is turning heads!! It's simply amazing what a positive attitude and proper motivation can do. Find out how John did it here.

Right now, I'm 40 years old. I've been in the weight training game for over 20 plus years. I'm the last of my old body building buddies to still be doing this and the reason why is because my attitude is still positive. Regardless of where I'm at in my life, I still find a way to keep challenging myself day in and day out.

My reasons haven't really changed all that much since I was a skinny teenager except that I'm getting older and need to keep my body in better cardiovascular shape. There were times when I would take an extended break from training and allow myself to go a little “soft”. However, like John in the above email, I would take a long, look at myself and my old motivation would kick in. It wouldn't be long after that, when I would immediately put a plan of action together to get myself back into shape.

The point I'm trying to make here is that we are starting a brand new year. That means setting new, attainable goals. Summer is only 5 months away and that is just long enough to get into the best shape of your life. Take a couple of days to really think about what it is you really want and why you want it. Really dig deep here and ask yourself, “Why do I want to get into the best shape of my life?”. Once you find this reason, keep repeating it to yourself. Write it down somewhere and keep reviewing it.

Take action immediately and use the information on and start building a ripped, muscular body that turns heads wherever you go.

In the immortal words of Johnny Winter, “Nobody said it was easy” and it never is. However, if you want it bad enough, you will eventually attain what you desire - Just never, ever give up and keep moving forward.

All the best,


As the owner of Building Muscle 101, I am committed to providing you the best practical weight training advice. I've been training for over 24 years (and still train to this day!) and the advice and guidance I provide comes directly from my experience and knowledge.

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