It’s Much More Than A “Plastic Trophy”

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Who you are and what you do blows people away.

Most people can’t believe how hard you are willing to work. They can’t believe what you are willing to sacrifice to reach your goal.

How many times have you been asked “How much money do you get for doing a bodybuilding contest?” When you tell them you don’t make any money, their eyes dart around in their heads with confusion. It makes no sense to them.

Even lower level competitors, the ones who placed in the middle of the pack in one or two shows before quitting, sometimes question you. “You do all that work for a plastic trophy? I stopped doing that nonsense a long time ago.”

What really hurts is when people very close to us tell us that we’re wasting our time. They’re the last people we’d expect. They hurt us more than they know.

They don’t get you.

They don’t get us.

They don’t understand that what we do is far more important to us than a “plastic trophy.”

This our journey. This is our mission. This is our identity. This is our story of redemption, therapy, calling, sense of meaning, and what we were put on this earth to do all rolled up into one huge ball of PASSION and POWER.

How else could we put ourselves through all of this if it was just for a plastic trophy?

I get you.

Screw them.

Do what you must. Be you.

There are few experiences in your lifetime that match the contest preparation process. You think about your goal dozens of times a day. You see the finished product, your amazing body, in your mind at least that much. Every minute of the day is accounted for and everything you do has meaning. You are forced to live that way. There are no off days.

Everything matters. You’re backed up against an immovable deadline. Your reputation is on the line. You can’t stop talking about your goal even when you notice the person you are talking to has their eyes rolling to the back of their head in boredom. Maybe it’s just because this is the 20th time you told them the same thing. You can’t help it. You’re full of passion. You’re possessed! You come alive when you talk about who you are, what you’re all about, and what you were put on this earth to do. And, because you’ve done so much talking, you’ve put even more pressure on yourself to back up your words. (Oh crap!)

Every single day isn’t perfect during contest preparation. It doesn’t have to be. You gave it your all. You left it all on the floor. When you put your head on your pillow at night, you know you gave it everything you had inside of you. If you didn’t, you bounced back the next morning scratching and clawing.

Damn! Tell me you’re not getting goosebumps all of over your body right now just thinking about your incredible past experiences.

I had my story as to why competing was so important to me in the past. Time and distance have given me a revised version of my story.

We all have our personal stories that fuel us. What’s yours? Why are you willing to do what very few will do to reach your bodybuilding and fitness goal? Why are you so driven? What does that plastic trophy symbolize to you?

Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about all the willpower, focus, energy, and time that you invested into winning your plastic trophy. Not even you. You did what you had to do for your definition of greatness. You did what you had to do for mental and emotional survival. You did what you had to do to be you.

I respect and admire everything you’ve done or continue to do.

And you know what? You’re in good company.

You know those people who question what you do? They are ALL driven toward their own “plastic trophy” with all of their pain and power too.

Their “plastic trophy” is just that Lamborghini that they can’t shut their traps about. That stack of money they constantly hint at. Their business success that they not-so-subtly mention was featured in “Awesome Entrepreneur Monthly.” Their massive online fans and followers. The tremendous faith that they have in their Creator. That diploma they’ve earned and those fancy letters that diploma has allowed them to attach to their name (even when they’re sending an email to their own mother). Those pictures of their kids they can’t stop posting on social media (Guilty!).

They are no better than you.

They are no worse than you.

Never forget that.

Don’t ever let them make you doubt yourself again.

NEVER GIVE THEM YOUR FRIGGIN’ POWER!

We are all just both POWERFUL and FLAWED SOULS doing what we must to get through this crazy journey called “life.”

It doesn’t matter how much money is in our banks accounts.

It doesn’t matter how ripped our abs are.

We are all just driven toward our own “plastic trophy.”

How conscious are you of why you’ve chosen yours?

I want to be your friend or coach who helps you recreate those same amazing feelings of the contest preparation journey toward your entire life. I want you to have everything you want and not settle for just parts of it.

IMAGINE.

Imagine for a moment what it will feel like to consciously create a new, more empowering “plastic trophy.”

You think about your (insert your new, more empowering, all-encompassing MISSION here) dozens of times a day. You see the finished product, (fill in the blank), in your mind at least that much. Every minute of the day is accounted for and everything you do has meaning. You are forced to live that way. There are no off days.

Everything matters. You’re backed up against an immovable deadline. Your reputation is on the line. You can’t stop talking about your goal even when you notice the person you are talking to has their eyes rolling to the back of their head in boredom. Maybe it’s just because this is the 20th time you told them the same thing. You can’t help it. You’re full of passion. You’re possessed! You come alive when you talk about who you are, what you’re all about, and what you were put on this earth to do. And, because you’ve done so much talking, you’ve put even more pressure on yourself to back up your words. (Oh crap!)

Every single day isn’t perfect during (fill in your new, empowering journey here). It doesn’t have to be. You gave it your all. You left in all on the floor. When you put your head on your pillow at night, you know you gave it everything you had inside of you. If you didn’t, you bounced back the next morning scratching and clawing.

Damn! Tell me you’re not getting goosebumps all of over your body right now just thinking about your incredible FUTURE experiences!

Just imagine what that life would look like.

Just imagine what that life would feel like.

Just imagine what that life would be like.

Just imagine, for a moment, what that person living that life every single day would look like in the mirror.

Just imagine.

You can do this.

It’s not too late to be great.

It’s time to go for a new “plastic trophy” that includes your current plastic trophy and a whole lot more.

Set your entire life up like a contest (and win big there too!)

You’re just one totally consuming, awesome “contest prep season” away from the life you really want.

We care about you and we’re rooting for you.

— Skip and Carrie La Cour

P.S. Get email updates from our journey because we’ll share what we learned about using the superhuman powers we’ve earned through our dedication to fitness to win in life too.

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Skip La Cour

Skip La Cour is a coach, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the creator of the MANformation Confidence and Leadership personal development program for men and was a six-time national champion drug-free bodybuilder. La Cour helps ambitious men understand and execute effective confidence, leadership, and influence skills so that they reach their biggest goals in life with more control, clarity, and focus. Feel free to email Skip at any time at [email protected] with your questions and comments.

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