“What I am most happy about is that I can zero in on a vision of where I want to be in the future…I already feel like I’m there, that it’s just a matter of time.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
How many books have you read that say you have to have a definite vision of the future? Or that you also have to “feel” or act like that you are already successful.
Some would call that fake it til you make it but I don’t think that is what the Oak meant here. A lot of people can pump themselves up for the short term but it is that long term continuous action and belief that really make the difference.
No I think what he was talking about was an overriding faith that with enough belief and work that he would ultimately reach his goals.
He was certain that the goal would be reached because the vision, the plan and the correct actions were all in place.
Speaking of vision Arnold was a very visually oriented person.
A lot of his quotes about training and the future refer to vision.
One of his most famous was when he talked about working his biceps that he would imagine them as big as mountains and that people often wondered why he would do curls sometimes with his eyes closed.
He said he was operating in another dimension more or less working to bring his vision to pass.
I would say the results speak for themselves.
Let’s analyze the second quote shall we.
“Every year I make a plan. I do it. It will be done.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ok enough said that is goal setting 101!
Just joking here are some interesting facts.
Did you know Arnold was a millionaire by the age of 30 well before he became a famous actor?
I know you might say that he was “Mr. Olympia” but you have to think this was way before bodybuilding paid any real money or any money at all it was a basically a cult sport and looked down upon by the general public.
One of his secrets?
He became an prolific goal setter by writing his goals down on an index card every year and then to go on and succeed in attaining them.
He had various mail order businesses, real estate investments, even owned a brick laying business in his early years which he used the profits from to leverage into other business ventures.
But all of these were goals that he had set for himself for that year and went on to achieve them.
I realize Arnold was able to motivate himself in a big way and had a clear image of what he wanted at an early age.
We are not all wired that way I understand but when you look at the basic elements of his success a vision, belief in that vision to the point he felt like he was already a success and then combine that with writing out clear goals and then working with full faith that they could be achieved is a pretty simple process when you think about it.
We just have to have the hunger to do what needs to be done and do it with conviction and I wonder what kind of results we could see.