Well, you’ve decided to start a new muscle building program, and you’re extremely enthusiastic and want to get started as soon as possible. You’ve already decided what gym you’re going to join, and perhaps you’ve even begun buying protein shakes and other foods that will turn your cupboards into muscle building machines. However, it would be a wise move to take a moment (or several hours) to plan out your new muscle building program. Don’t get me wrong – enthusiasm is a good thing, but you have to realize that this kind of project will take time, and you must be fully committed for the long-term. If you take some time now to set your goals and discover exactly what you’re trying to accomplish and why, you’ll have a much easier time sticking to your goals later on. A little time invested in planning now can save you many headaches later on.
You need to think about what you’re trying to accomplish even before you head to the gym or to the grocery store. Do you know exactly how many pounds you would like to gain? Perhaps you should ask your doctor how much weight you can gain and how quickly you can do so without harming your health. Based on this advice, you can then set a timetable for achieving your goal. Divide your goal into more manageable pieces and tackle them one by one. Remember the old adage – inch by inch.
Knowing what you want to accomplish before you start your weight gain program is very important for your success. If you can see yourself having already accomplished your goal, you will be much more likely to succeed. Proper motivation is the other key to success. When things get tough on your journey, as they inevitably will, you will probably begin to doubt your goals. Goal setting is an important part of the equation, but understanding your motivation will make it easier to achieve your goals.
When this happens, you must return to the original reason that you wanted to gain muscle. Did you want to look more attractive? Do you want to be more physically fit so you could participate in sports? This is where you have to decide for yourself what exactly your motivation is. By the way, intrinsic motivation is far superior to extrinsic motivation. What does this mean? It means that the goal has to be your own, and you must know exactly why you want to accomplish it. It will be much more difficult to achieve your goal if it was not really your desire to begin with. If you keep these things in mind, you are well on your way to muscle gain success.