Tonight are the Oscars, the Academy Awards. Everyone who’s ever watched them has practiced their imaginary acceptance speech. Everyone who longs for stardom, success, recognition, dreams of receiving the “trophy,” the reward at the end of the journey, have sat there with smiles or tears or emotions to match the “winners”.
What journey are you on?
What reward do you long for?
If you’re in a competitive physique sport, is it the first place trophy?
Or is it truly the “journey” and the reward of a fantastic body transformation and optimum health that’s enough gratification for the work enlisted?
What is your acceptance speech?
Who do you want to thank?
Who helped you and supported you and believed in you along the way?
Who is that trophy truly for?
What is that trophy truly for?
As you sit and watch the Oscars tonight, think through these questions and apply them to your quest, your job, your trials, your journey.
Think of what you’re seeking and whom you desire to be there by your side every step of the way, to the end; spouse, Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, friends, God.
Now silently, say thank you to all of those who stand by your side right now, at this stage in your journey; wherever you may be, at the start, near the end, or still looking for the Path. Say, “thank you.”
Bodybuilding, figure, fitness, bikini models and physique competitors are always quick to question the judges on their placement in an NPC show. The second, third, fourth, last place person will stand in line 20 minutes after a show to talk to a judge about how they placed and why they placed where they did; but they’ll rarely SEE for themselves how they looked up there, how the audience and judges saw their presentation and performance in real time They’ll have an image in their head of their practiced poses, the words from coaches, the feedback from mirrors and adoring friends; but they’ll fail to SEE what everyone else SAW by not looking at the tale of the tape, the videotape. As they say, “the camera does not lie,” and as they say, sound and vision add depth to the final picture.
Why do every high school, college and professional sports team have a designated DAY to watch game tapes? Why do you, as a physique athlete, not take one hour to review what you worked on for 3 months, to a year or more to achieve?
You can look at all your shaky, blurry photos from friends and family from off to the sides or from afar, to try to figure out how you looked. You can see a two-dimensional print of your best, and only your best, postures and expressions that so elegantly showcase and often hide the flaws of an image your mind’s eye holds dear. But the video shows every turn, every angle, every second of every pose in callouts and in the wings. The presentation round is you vs. them, and the camera witnesses it from their eyes. This is your only chance to see EXACTLY what they saw.
Video is a learning tool. Speakers use it. Actors use it. Athletes use it. Entertainers use it. If you really put everything into your day on stage, if you really used every source and tool and input for this most crucial few minutes, how come your arms or legs or butt make you look contorted and uncomfortable? How come you don’t know when you’ve HIT a pose, when to smile, which way to transition? Because you haven’t SEEN what you looked like. You haven’t LOOKED at your performance. You’ve taken the word, or the snapshot that froze time but didn’t tell you you clomped when you walked, or hunched when you stood, or stuck out your arms or neck or shoulders and ruined that beautiful line of muscle you worked so hard to create.
There is no sport more visual than physique and bodybuilding competitions. And until you see how you looked, you will never know how to improve. Until you SEE, you will never KNOW. Because pictures only capture your best moment, while videotape captures the day.
See how winners do it HERE. To see how you did, order the video HERE.