Imagine if you can achieve whatever you dreamt of in your life. Get six pack, able to speak efficiently, play keyboard, dance, paint, write or inspire. Most of us will never quite seem to pull these off. We find reasons easily rather than going for it and we blame it on being too tired, not enough time, lack of talent, not having energy, not have family support, financial problems etc.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a real hero who literally turned his all dreams into reality in spite of having odds. Want to get a strong spine and nerves to deserve anything like him? Want to convert your dreams to reality by tenfold? Then you should know about Arnold…
He fulfilled his whole checklist of dreams:
|Immigration to America from remote village in Austria.||He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star.|
|Become Mr. Universe at very young age.||By the age of twenty-one, he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr. Universe.|
|Become Millionaire.||Within ten years, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, landscaping, and bodybuilding.|
|Become the No.1 Hollywood Actor.||Within twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family.|
|Become Governor of California.||Thirty-six years after coming to America, the man once known by fellow bodybuilders as the Austrian Oak was elected governor of California, the seventh largest economy in the world.|
What is his Secret of Success –
Well, his secret is very simple – TAKE ONE IDEA AT A TIME, THINK OF IT, DREAM OF IT, WORK FOR IT, DIE FOR IT UNTIL YOU GET IT. A little seed planted deep in his mind at 5 years old. His dad would make him do 1 or 2 sets of 5 push-ups to earn the right to eat breakfast or the right to play with his toys. His parents used this strategy to instill the concept that if Arnold wanted some reward he had to earn it through repetitions.
Let’s call it “Reps & Sets”: To get what you want, you practice one thing over and over until you get good at. Simple.
Arnold used this concept of “Reps & Sets” for the rest of his life. To get more muscles than anyone he decided to just do more repetitions – more practice than anyone else. At one point he was working out 6 hours a day. He would do 500 sit-ups or 1000 calf raises a day. Ridiculous but effective. By age 25 he was the #1 bodybuilder of all time.
Next he decided he wanted to become a millionaire before age 30 (he wasn’t an actor yet). What did he do? Same thing, reps and sets. He just went out and practiced real estate until he had made his first million. He would spend 8 hours a day walking the streets of Santa Monica looking at houses, apartment buildings, condos and talking to realtors and investors until he knew everything inside and out.
Next he wanted to become a Hollywood star. But his foreign accent was in the way. So he practiced with a speech coach 7 hours a day until he had toned down the accent. Eventually he made $29.5 million for Terminator 2, the highest ever at the time.
Then at 40, he used reps and sets in politics despite the fact he started out knowing very little. That didn’t deter him. He just spent 5 or 10 hours a day learning from a cabinet of political advisers until he felt confident he could govern the largest state in the USA.
So if you want to learn Spanish, or lose a few pounds, or make more an extra $100,000 this year – Simply do MORE HOURS OF PRACTICE – MORE REPS & SETS.
It worked every time for Arnold. Ignore all the books and articles falsely teaching you that you can just skip the hard work of practice. It’s a lie we all have fallen for at one time or another. Remember in most things there simply are no shortcuts.
So stop thinking about how much work it will take to live out your dreams – just jump in and the next thing you know you will have achieved them.
Go hit the gym today, learn Russian, start a new internet business. Or really go all out and do all 3 of these at once. Find something super hard like learning calculus and do it just for fun to start rewiring your mind to love the ‘burn’.
Strike up a passionate affair with the challenging pain of mastering new skills. Remember the pain is temporary and the rewards for high skill levels in difficult fields are amazing.
If you want to know more about his entire life journey and get inspired, then read his book- Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger My unbelievable true life story.