Mental Courage: Be VERY Afraid!

AT8 has begun.  The largest competition to date for the Adonis Index Community.  The competition will be fierce! Scared yet?! Good.

For many contestants this will be their first journey into the territory of “Transformation Land.”  There will be hills and valleys on this journey but rest assured,  several others have gone before you and have achieved amazing transformations. Possessing mental courage is vital to your journey because the transformation is far more than just physical.

Webster’s Dictionary defines courage as,  “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”

While  in pursuit of  your transformation you may encounter fear, worry, doubt, distractions, etc.  You have two choices: FIGHT or FLIGHT.  I would ask you to stand and FIGHT for your transformation goals.

Erase Fear. Build Mental Courage.

Build Mental Courage with these three principles:

 1. Consistency: Proper Habits Take Time to Develop

At some time in your life,  you may have worked out, ate properly, and done cardio.  However, the combination of all three habits over a 12 or 20 week period of time are the ingredients needed for a successful transformation.

2. Utilize Resources: Discover which Tools Help Keep You on Track

Within the AI community there are several tools at your disposal to ensure your success. The new AI Contest Tracking software allows you to input your measurements and upload progress photos to help measure and track changes during your transformation.

Chat with others in the forum; remember you’re in this transformation FOR yourself not BY yourself. Lastly, stay focused and tune-in regularly to the website.  Read blog posts and  listen to podcasts of others who’ve already completed a successful transformation.

3. Be VERY Afraid: FIGHT? or FLIGHT? — Which Will it Be?

A famous quote by Mark Twain says, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  And I think he’s right on the money. It’s ok to have fear, as long as it doesn’t hinder or stop your progress.  For some, fear is actually a motivator.

You may have told your friends and family you were joining the contest and now you’re accountable and afraid to let them down.  For others, quitting is not an option and the fear of not looking your best when you submit your final pictures actually motivates you to train harder.

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

Whatever motivates/inspires you, the results are worth the effort.  If it was easy, everyone would do it.  That is the price you pay to possess an outstanding physique.

In conclusion, remember to have Mental Courage, harness the fear and enjoy your transformation!

Allen Elliott


About Allen Elliott

Allen is the Editor-In Chief of the Adonis Index Blog, bringing you weekly articles on contest prep, transformation testimonials' and much more!

Additionally he is a published Fitness Personality, Certified Personal Trainer, and National Competitor in the NPC Men's Physique Division.

Last but not least, as an Adonis/Venus Index Transformation Coach, he works to provide guided solutions for people who sincerely strive to meet their fitness goals.

Being a fitness model and competitor gives him a lot of valuable insights that nobody else talks about. Among other things, he will teach you how to prepare for a live show or a fitness photoshoot yourself.

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