I just signed up for the bodybuilding.com 12 week transformation challenge. I have about 3 months to take my body, mind, and soul to the next level and accomplish something great. My first competition. I am going to be a champion of this competition. I have been visualizing being on the main stage, winning, smiling, and that feeling of exhilaration. I have all the motivation, support, knowledge and experience I need to take this challenge and follow through. It is not about the money (while it will be nice) it is about doing the best I can. About becoming a champion of my mind. About doing something great.
I know in my heart I am doing this for all the right reasons. I wrote the other day about representing an idea: possibility. The fact that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve it. Over the past few days I have been working on an M.C. Escher-esque interpretation of an iron. I have to tell you, I have learned so many lessons from creating this thing. Here is a list of what I learned.
- Importance of a Base: I started with a decent base, but the weight of the iron (60lbs of clay) Without an incredibly strong base in life, the rest of your life begins to sag. Once your foundations is solid, you are ready for a healthy life.
- Big Game, Big Problems: simply put, the bigger the game you play, the bigger the problems you are going to have. Don’t try to be a champion if your mind can’t take obstacles and challenges. Those who accept failure as part of the game will eventually succeed.
- Attention to Detail: What makes the final product unreal is the amount of detail you put into it. Spend time on the little things…and they will ad up to the big things.
- Finish Strong: My teacher always told me that perfection is the enemy of done. This is very true. You have to know when you are done…decide…and be done with it.
I apologize for not writing for the past few days, but I have been a mad scientist in the art room. I am incredibly excited about the competition. I am going for it.