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Overcoming Fears And Unproductive Thinking
By: Mike Vainshtein

You might sometimes wonder whether your dedication and sacrifice will pay off as your intended goals. There isnít a person on earth who wants to invest their time, effort, and money into something that eventually will result in a disappointment.

Itís vital to become aware of the extent to which you follow this trend of thinking.Often times you may not have had sufficient exposure and development of your goals for positive results to be born. Thus a lack of experience has equated into a lack of results. During such times you might be afraid to face disappointment to the degree of avoiding taking even the initial action required towards achieving your goals.

Courage is acting despite of fear.

Itís important to act and follow through with your planned actions despite fears and desires to avoid pain and disappointments.

Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever. Ė Lance Armstrong

At the end its how much victory you have achieved, rather than how much pain you have avoided.

The only way to know is to do.

You might seek assurance that your goals will be achieved fully as planned, and desire to predict exactly the way things will turnout. You must realize that the only way to know an outcome is to act. Thatís how life works. Action produces results.Itís similar to wanting to know whatís behind a closed door, yet avoiding putting in the key and turning the lock open. The only way to find out an outcome is to put in the effort, and follow through with the planned course of actions. Only then will the doors open, and the outcomes unfold.

Self-belief is the first step to achieving your goals.

People have achieved tremendous things, despite experiencing fears and doubts.

Why? Simple. They believed in their abilities to achieve their goals, and held strong to their desires to make their goals and dreams come true.

Acting despite of your fears towards achieving your goals will develop a great and vital characteristic, which is courage.

Itís your desire to achieve your goals, and the belief in your abilities that determines the outcomes of your actions.

You live in a world where everything is possible if you choose and desire so.

Ultimately, you are the master of your life, and the dictator of your chosen destiny.It is in your hands to decide your abilities and potentials in regards to your goals and endeavors.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

Believing in your abilities, desiring to achieve your goals, and giving your full focus and effort, will ultimately ensure your success.

You can also contact Mike at Mike@RepsOfPain.comAnd Visit his website at www.repsofpain.com

Mike Vainshtein, a bodybuilder and motivational speaker, shares his power mental and motivational strategies to take your bodybuilding and life goals to a higher level of performance, quality, and results.

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape

 

Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.


Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic
shocks.

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically
speaking.

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over
time.

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:
http://tinyurl.com/6c6kq
 

Dave Snape

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