Bodybuilder, movie star, politician and certified legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has overcome many obstacles in life on the road to becoming successful. He has managed to preserve and come out on top after very hurdle. These 6 secrets he claims are what made him great and what has pushed him past his comfort zone when it comes to fitness, and life challenges.
1. TRUST YOURSELF
"My parents wanted a different vision for me. They wanted me to be a police officer like my father, to marry a girl named Heidi, and to have a bunch of children, like the von Trapp family in "The Sound of Music." I wanted to get out of Austria, to come to America, to be a champion. I had total trust and confidence in that decision and I went after it. Have trust in yourself, craft your own vision, and go after it. Once you have a strong enough vision, you can work like hell to achieve it."
2. BREAK THE RULES
"People said I could not become an actor. The rules said that actors with accents could not be leading men. I broke that rule. I didn't care if no one in history had ever done it. I took acting classes, accent-removal lessons, and English lessons. I worked hard, and I became a leading man."
3. DON'T BE AFRAID OF FAILURE
"A failure is someone who falls and never gets back up. A winner falls, gets up, dusts himself off, and keeps moving. Don't be afraid to fail! Everyone around the world fails. Don't be afraid to attack that goal."
4. IGNORE THE HATERS
"When I was 15 years old and told people I wanted to be a champion bodybuilder, right away they told me it wouldn't happen. "It's impossible," they said. "It's an American sport. In Austria, you can be a ski, cycling, or maybe track and field champion, but you cannot be a bodybuilding champion. You know something? I didn't listen to them. I moved to America. I became a bodybuilding champion. The rest is history."
5. WORK HARD, NO EXCUSES
"I hate when people say, "I don't have enough time to work out." That's crazy to me. You have 24 hours in a day. Sleep six hours, and you have 18 hours left. Do your job, which probably takes 8-10 hours, and you have at least 10 hours left. You're telling me you can't work out in that time?"
6. GIVE BACK
"We have to help people. There are millions of children who need help, who come from families that don't have enough money or don't read well. Help them learn to read! Encourage people to exercise! Join an organization where you can give a kid a hug, hang a medal around their neck and say, "You're a winner! We believe in you. We love you. We care for you. Do something for your community, your state, your country. Give something back."
These 6 commandments have helped Arnold attack life and made him the successful man he is. What are some of your secrets to achieving your fitness goals and for overall accomplishments in life? Share them with us!