Before you step in the gym you have some important tasks to do. You need to sit down and think about what you want to achieve and where you want to be and give yourself a time frame to achieve it in. You see, you need to be setting goals, not just for bodybuilding but for all aspects of you life. You will not see results if you do not set goals. The most successful bodybuilders around the world all have goals and keep records of them and those they've achieved. This is a great way to stay motivated on a day to day basis and track your progress over the years.
Your Goals Should Be …
Get yourself a training diary to write your goals in and to keep track of your progress. Remember the SMART analogy? When you write your goals they should be Specific, Measurable, Realistic and Time-related. By writing down each goal you make then real instead of some vague hope for the future.
Set long, short and medium term goals, so you are setting deadlines to achieve your goals which will help you keep on target and dedicated. I recommend you set weekly goals and aim to have successful weeks that move you towards you targets. It does not take long for those successful weeks to add up to successful years; you'll hit those longer term goals with ease. Also having strict deadlines or timelines will make you feel guilty for missing sessions or eating unhealthy foods.
You Must Have A Training Diary
Apart from keeping you motivated, your training diary is also a great place to record what you do in the gym, in terms of the weights you use and the reps you do, so that you can track your progress and gradually increase the intensity of your training. If you find that your training hits a plateau and you can not seem to improve further then you know it's time to take a rest or change your routine to keep your muscles challenged.
Find A Friend
There are a lot of people who can push you to achieve you goals; however most of it has come to you from you wanting it bad enough. You can draw on the support of your friends and family when the going gets tough, and having a training partner or coach will definitely help you achieve your goals. If your ultimate goal is to compete in competitions then you should really find a coach.
If you fail to achieve any of your goals by the time you set, do not give up. You should be constantly re-evaluating your goals all the time and monitoring your progress. Then you can adjust your goals and your training program appropriately. Bodybuilding is not an easy sport and it takes a lot hard work and effort, by setting yourself goals you make the task a lot easier.