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through life without a particular purpose is okay. You get by. You
don’t go anywhere, but the days pass. There’s television
with the Super Bowl, pro wrestling, reality shows, infomercials,
dramas, sitcoms, news and video games. We have food and drink, real
and man-made, fast and home delivered. There are drugs and alcohol.
Our wandering attention is captured by the endless dilemmas presented
by the news media, the hopes offered by advertisers and the general
threat of daily living in a post-9/11 world. Purpose? Who needs,
considers or has time for purpose?
I might point out, is often interchangeable with goals and motivations
and is cousin to reason and incentive.
are choked with entertainment and distractions and goofiness. I’ll
just slap on my earphones and listen to some sounds on my satellite
radio while I check out my Palm Pilot. Yo. Monster is playing at
the Coliseum of Theaters and I can purchase tickets with my credit
card over my cell phone.
notice several dynamics are at work obstructing purpose, the main
driving force in a productive and aspiring individual, community
today’s delirious world a person can be too distracted to
have a purpose.
is rendered shallow by the senseless frivolity surrounding him and
fails to consider the need for purpose.
recognizes the value of purpose, realizes the commitment, dedication
and hard work it necessitates and chooses ample distractions to
avoid its responsibilities.
importance of purpose is clear, it is hastily installed, yet, as
hard as he tries, he can’t sustain its requirements. The lure
and clutter of amusements are too demanding and overpowering.
never had a chance.
without a purpose is like a hand without a thumb; you can scratch,
point, tap, count up to four, but you can’t get a grip on
anything. You can grasp, but you can’t hold on. And you certainly
can’t lift weights.
without purpose fall asleep at the wheel, get off at the wrong station
and put their pants on backwards. They get by, they make it through
the day, they might even have family and friends and a good paying
job, but beneath the first layer of skin there’s Styrofoam.
is a modern invention that efficiently replaces real substance;
cheap, lightweight, a great filler, it insulates and withstands
hot and cold -- perfect substitute for purpose where purpose does
not exist or is lacking. Styrofoam is everywhere today. I suspect
I, myself, have pockets of Styrofoam.
I notice I’m zipping along, yet neither moving forward nor
back. I look down and lo and behold, my pants are on backwards.
I hate that. Not the Captain of the Bomb Squad, without a compass,
adrift in thin air, altitude unknown, zipper to the rear and targetless.
panic, been there. It’s just a warning, like the blink on
the dashboard that indicates our seatbelts are a nuisance; a painfully
welcome and familiar signal to arouse and remind us to watch where
we’re going and what we’re doing and why -- huge and
ripped or lean and mean -- if we want to get there.
purpose wanes, when motivation recedes, when a goal is not in sight,
I become restless, sluggish and stale. I, as you, am unlike my video-game,
fast-food counterpart and the condition soon becomes evident and
quickly unacceptable. Steps must be taken to overcome the stall
in my forward movement, my flight, and I look toward my training
to amend the minor disaster. I have observed that my personal life
and my training are inextricably entwined and fixing one gives health
to the other. And the closer I look, the more I’m convinced
it’s my training that determines the desirable flow of my
life -- events, moods, energy and spirits.
without purpose is like shopping at the supermarket without a shopping
list, an appetite or any memory of what’s in the refrigerator
or on the shelves at home. You wander the aisles and finally come
home with a 25-pound bag of Doggie-Chow. So what, you don’t
have a dog. It was on sale.
know why you go to the gym and eat right. The list’s as long
as your arm, yet you sometimes forget. Life’s like that. It
rolls along with ups and downs, through hot and cold, and moves
in mysterious cycles. We’re eager and joyful and hitting the
mark day after day, and then the mark eludes us; we become irritable,
withdrawn and careless. (Speak for yourself, Draper). We wonder
why we bother. We punch at the air and kick inanimate objects and
hiss. Swell. Now we’re soft and puffy and the weights feel
like they’re bolted to the floor. No more veins, pumps gone...
Good-bye, cruel world.
wait: Don’t flush away months of training and sacrifice in
one pull of the handle. We gotta feed the fire within continually.
The flickering embers grow cold if we don’t review the reasons
for our efforts, relive our successes and revive our goals and remember
we’re special, sort of.
takes place in the subconscious regularly -- preparation.
our achievements is done occasionally when we feel generous and
slightly numb -- encouragement.
of goals must be done with intention, humility and high hopes at
appropriate intervals, as often as it takes for them to become certain
and real -- reinforcement
we know people who don’t have goals, never heard of them or
made them and forgot them -- dead man walking.
In the next five weeks Laree and I have both the “Ironman”
in Los Angeles and the “Arnold” in Columbus, two four-day
bonanzas that drop us smack-dab in the center of the land of muscles
we talk about here each week. This is the kind of motivation one
needs to toss some logs on the fire burning within.
back, here comes a procession of noteworthy muscle creations clad
in leather straps, ripped denim, chrome chains and vivid tattoos.
It’s the Ladies Eastside Weightlifting Club reviewing the
booths at the ’04 Ironman Expo. Hi, girls. Nice ink. We’re
at the Ironman as guests of John Balik to participate in his Ironman
booth and celebrate the grand sport we love. Here comes another
impressive cast of muscle characters, not as huge or ripped, but
nonetheless awesome. It’s the Men’s Eastside Weightlifting
Club. Howdy, dudes. I like the cutoff jeans, boots, whip and cowboy
hat. Head ‘em up, move ’em out.
I’m teasing, almost. The excitement of the pro shows is uncontainable
and Laree and I regard the three-day extravaganzas as goals packed
with incentives: getting away, visiting old friends and making new
friends, displaying our wares and sharing our philosophy face to
face with thousands, observing the crowds of enthusiasts and seeing
the march of giant contenders and brushing elbows with Celebes.
Dick Tyler will
be at our side at the Ironman
(Feb. 20, 21, 22) to sign his new book, West
Coast Bodybuilding Scene, and Laree and I will be hovering
about to offer our books, Brother
Iron Sister Steel and Your
Body Revival, and photos, and I’ll be demonstrating
the Top Squat to the
true, hardcore and dedicated metal-heads who wear magnets on their
temples, shaved skulls and jawbones.
that anyone cares or could tell (you know how it is), but we gotta
get in shape for these events: train hard, drop the fat, get huge,
get ripped, be strong, get some color, look sharp, healthy, younger
and taller -- the whole catastrophe. This can be tough in the middle
of a rainy winter for a guy nearing 100 who is losing his hair and
memory, but it’s the best thing that can happen to him --
the impossible challenge, purpose. Of course, Laree handles the
airline and hotel tickets, restaurant group reservations and the
shipment of stock for the exhibits, calls to John Balik at Ironman
and Odis Meredith of Torque Athletic and the arrangement of display
material, flyers and photos. I feed Mugsy.
Arnold (March 5, 6, 7) offers the same excitement, but has grown
larger than life over the years. We’ll be there with Odis
and the gang at his Torque gym equipment setting; “booth”
is not the appropriate word to define his grand arrangement of space
to exhibit the powerfully engineered Torque apparatus on hand. The
Draper Dungeon will allow me room to demo the Top Squat and other
Bomber devices I love, and we can talk and take photos along with
the 80,000 folks urgently slogging by like migrating turtles. We
might see the same stars and champions we saw at the Ironman only
weeks before. This is good, lest we didn’t believe our eyes
the first time.
it’s true. They’re real. Not Macy’s Day inflatables
tethered to slow-moving jeeps.
will we do to prepare for the shows? We will do what we do all the
time, only crank up the intensity and grin, as purpose is now spelled
with a capital “P” -- Purpose.
goal, your level of motivation, concentration of incentives, clarity
and depth of reasons – your decided Purpose -- determines
your training efficiency and effectiveness and joy. Think “why”
before you lift, and lift hard.
to rest the wings, Bombers. Last one to leave the hangar, douse
the lights, would ya?
we fly like eagles... Dave Draper
Goals, Motivations, Incentives and Reasons
lose bodyfat, gain muscle, develop shape, advance health, look sharp,
boost energy, increase endurance, strengthen the muscles, ligaments,
tendons and bones, add resistance to the immune system, fight illness
and injury, boost your formidability, bolster the cardio-vascular
mechanics, improve your athletic ability, gain clarity of thought,
discover the rhythms and workings of the body and grow to appreciate
the miracle it is, add quality to the day and years to your life,
kill time, enhance your confidence and self image, exercise and
develop character – discipline, patience, perseverance and
courage, solve problems, learn things, experience intensity, diminish
anxiety as you direct daily stress to work for you (reduce stress
big time), discover yourself and come to know yourself as never
before and maybe fix “what’s broke” in your body,
mind and soul, privately bask in knowing you have taken on the tough
and cool challenge to apply the most direct and positive means of
caring for yourself -- the road less traveled -- lifting weights,
enjoy the uplifting flow of physical and mental exercise, gratefully
feel the energy charge your body with resistance training and the
pump and burn that ensues each completed rep and set, make friends
and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow lifters at the gym, partake
daily in the fulfillment that comes from the investment of a solid
workout, sleep tight and wake up renewed, refreshed.
morning, good day and good life.
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