I was thinking the other day about early influences in life and how they create a sort of “chaperone” or guide as you strive, forge and actualize on the pathway to your goals.
It was right around the beginning of the 1980’s.
I was a recent graduate from elementary school and began my quantum leap from the security that it was, (with virtually the same 25 classmates for the last 6 years), to the monolithic adjustment in terms of both size and context that the junior high turned out to be.
I was a huge sports fan, baseball & football in particular. I also really enjoyed The WWF (known as the World Wrestling Federation in those days) and comic books. As I mentioned previously, I was a big fan of athletes like Rickey Henderson & Tim Raines, for not only their athletic prowess, but also their physiques.
Looking back, I think that my interest in bodybuilding probably progressed from the sports I followed and then expanded from following wrestling stars like the late “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and reading the comic book “Conan The Barbarian.”
I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it, but I wanted to look like those guys.
To create the body I wanted, I figured I would have to start exercising, so I started running 1 mile just about every day after school. I didn’t have any weight equipment so I would actually press and curl some old heavy books that my parents had. There was no real rhyme or reason to these workouts, but I continued. After a short time, one of my uncles told me that he had an old weight set, with a standard bar and sand-filled plastic weights that I could have. The set also included a training guide which was a full body template designed to be performed Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Progress was both fast & slow. I got stronger very quickly as beginners often do when they first start, but visually the results came at a more sluggish pace. I grew frustrated and my attention started to go to other interests, so I stopped training.
It wasn’t until years later that I felt compelled to get in shape again, but somewhere deep in my subconscious, I still held the optics of these early influences in a “collage” of guidance and inspiration towards my fitness goals.
In fact, a few decades have passed and they still motivate and influence me to this day.
Early influences are the spark, and that spark is what keeps the drive alive and inspires even while in the backdrop for years.
If you are having trouble keeping motivated towards your health & fitness, think back to what initially put you on this path.
That inspiration holds true and lasting power!