When I was a senior in high school, I was having a really hard time bench pressing 300 pounds. I had been stuck at 295 pounds for a couple months. My Dad was a world class javelin thrower in the late 60’s. I had been telling him about my frustrations. One day he came to me after my workout.
He never actually told me he took steroids, but he had sort of hinted that it wasn’t that big of a deal when he was competing. He then gave me a bottle of pills and told me I should try them. He seemed sure I would bench over 300 very soon. Well, my next workout, I lifted 300 easily! And my bench press skyrocketed from there! Those “secret” pills worked wonders!
Never had a supplement been so effective! He hadn’t told me exactly what they were, but since he believed in them, I figured they were for sure, top quality, Olympic caliber “supplements”, if you get my drift.
So, I’m not exactly sure when it was, but years later, he said, “Adam, you remember those special pills I gave you in high school?” I was like, “Of course! Best things ever! Those things made me so strong!” “Well…”, He said, “Those were just a multi-vitamin that I took the label off of. I knew that you just needed a little mental edge to break through that 300 pound barrier.” I was shocked. I was sure I had been on steroids or at least something close to it.
My strength had improved so quickly! The power was all in my mind! Just because I believed I was going to be stronger, I actually was! In fact, to this day, I still wear a rubber “Power Band” on my wrist when I lift, even though I know they don’t work, just as a way to get my mind tricked into unlocking its potential. I even call it my “placebo band.”
A placebo is defined as a substance that has no therapeutic effect; it is used as a control in testing new drugs. It is also defined as a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect. So this means that even medical doctors know that if you think something is going to work, there is a good chance that it will.
The power of the mind is incredible!
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~Buddha
Like I said in my article about Goals and Dreams, I’m not a believer that you can accomplish anything. I am a strong believer, however, in harnessing the power of your mind. You can do far better in life through a positive, confident state of mind than with a mind full of self-doubt and negativity. Almost all elite athletes I have met, are masters at visualizing success or achievement. In most university level sports psychology courses they go over visualization.
I have met and spoken to many elite fighters. Even though in a fight, half the people are going to lose, all the best fighters I’ve spoken to visualize themselves winning thousands of times before the actual fight. They even plan for the worst case scenarios and visualize how to fight through that adversity and come out on top. It is this mindset that, if employed in your daily life, will make you far more successful than you would be if you put no thought into your achievement, and even more so than if you think about how you will fail. So, having a positive mental attitude is scientifically proven to give you a better chance at accomplishing your goal!
Think about doing good things, doing nice things, and having positive things happen, and they are far more likely to happen.
And, at the very least, being around pessimistic, negative- minded people sucks.
-Adam Legas Owner, Founder