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Schwarzenegger Success Secret

Schwarzenegger Success Secret

Schwarzenegger’s “vision” was to become the world champion in bodybuilding, which he believed would be his ticket to America. Once here he would become the world’s highest-paid movie actor and a successful businessman. Can you imagine how absurd this goal must have sounded spoken by a young man in a small Austrian village who didn’t speak English? He didn’t just dream big—he dreamed bigger than anybody else. “I refined this vision until it was very specific. I was going to go for the Mr. Universe title; I was going to break records in power lifting; I was going to Hollywood. The vision became so clear in my mind that I felt it had to happen,” he writes in Total Recall.

He actually pictured what it would feel like to stand on a pedestal and accept a trophy as the world’s top bodybuilder. Schwarzenegger says he believed in his vision so thoroughly, it actually gave him a sense of calm. After all, why should he be anxious about a competition that he had already won in his mind? “I believed 100 percent that I’d achieve my goal. I always feel that if I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.”

Schwarzenegger had advice—take small steps, work harder than anybody else, don’t listen to the naysayers, and have confidence in your ability to reach your goals. A close friend of Schwarzenegger told me that his confidence was ‘freaky.’ “He’s almost incapable of considering failure,” the friend said.

- Forbes.com

“When I was very young I visualized myself being and having what I wanted. Mentally I never had any doubts about it. The mind is really so incredible. Before I won my first Mr. Universe I walked around the tournament like I owned it. The title was already mine. I had won it so many times in my mind that there was no doubt I would win it. Then when I moved on to the movies the same thing happened. I visualized myself being a successful actor and earning big money. I could feel and taste the success. I just knew it would happen.”

- Arnold Schwarzenegger