Whether at school, in college, at work or in sports - motivation is the driving force that enables us in everyday life to achieve our goals. Without them, we will not be able to win the ubiquitous battle with the inner bastard who seduces us to always go the path of least resistance, which has a negative effect on the goals set. Especially beginners burn at the beginning of their training career for the iron. The feet find their way into the studio, as if by remote control, and the body would also like to thank you for every completed repetition with an immediately visible adaptation reaction. But after a few months at the latest, we find that successes are much longer in coming, so we have to invest more and more for less and less. Of course, we know that this phenomenon is all too natural, but without exception everyone comes to a point where the motivation slowly but surely passes away.

Caught in the mental comfort zone

Alongside the declining driving force, the creativity with which we design excuses, why right now is the most inconvenient time for training. We nestle in our comfort without a great defensive reaction, forgetting that we're dealing exclusively with a specifically created mental block that can be overcome with ease. We should be lucky that our body obeys us if we want it. Only mental comfort prevents us from going up a gear, struggling for our goals, and ultimately achieving them. All the more is the performance of athletes to estimate that due to a physical handicap, rather a reason to resign and stamp the perfectly defined six-pack or reaching the 100-kilogram mark in bench press as unattainable. Often these people struggle with resistances that we can not even imagine, and yet they have the iron will in training always to get everything out of their own bodies to achieve their own goals.

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Trust yourself

Julien Ashton Kreutzer is one of those types of fighters who are eager to push their own boundaries every day and to continually correct them. When a doctor diagnosed spasticity in his legs four years ago, a world collapsed for the then fifteen-year-old young man. The horror of having to lead a socially isolated life in a wheelchair in just a few years robbed him of sleep. But after a long time of doubts, Julien found a way in weight training that not only enabled him to explore his abilities on a daily basis, but also to counteract his handicap and thus be able to build on his own body in everyday life. He received particular encouragement from the less motivating statements made by his physicians, who advised him to give up because of an initially unclear diagnosis of weight training, as it was not certain that he would be able to achieve his own goals. Although his body does not always make it easy for him, Julien knows no limitations in training - his motivation to prove it to everyone and not least to himself, this does not allow.

With small steps ahead

Over time, he developed a true now-right mentality, which enables him to perform complex basic exercises such as deadlifts and even free squats despite his handicap. He also thought it was almost impossible to complete squats because he lost the necessary stability. "I wanted to make it and initially trained only with the pole," says Julien on record. The stinging glances of other exercisers did not bother him, though they seemed to say he better not. Contrary to popular expectations, the 19-year-old did not let up and worked his way forward bit by bit. "The weight is secondary to me," says Julien with a certainty that suggests how much he identifies with the sport. "Even though I've grown by only 1.25 kilograms a week, it has nevertheless been an important achievement that has brought me closer to my goal of creating a new personal border." Statements such as these are what make us think and let us break out of our comfort zone, because all too often we forget that we are not reaching our goals by leaps and bounds, but by stringing together many small steps.

"Success has an expiration date"

Even successful athletes, who are already well on the way, he advises not to rest on partial successes. "Success has an expiration date!" He adds emphatically, adding that complacency as the number one motivational killer is critical to most athletes failing to achieve their goals. When asked if it is not the genes that are primarily responsible for the degree of personal success, he replies, "Of course, genes are leading the way, and not everyone is blessed with perfect prerequisites, but who are equal in the face of initial resistance hiding behind such apologies will never be successful - neither in sports nor in private life. " True words from someone who needs to know, because advanced excuses would not have made him what he is today. Julien is a weight training ambassador who, with his project "Your limit - your chance", wants to motivate physically handicapped recreational athletes to always believe in their own abilities and to provide them with a platform to help them and their successes be able to focus on the public.

Conclusion - you are your own limit

Also be aware that the road to the perfect beach figure is hard and arduous, but keep motivating yourself on this path by tucking in smaller intermediate goals so that you never have the feeling that you can not realize your dream. Do not allow yourself to be influenced by other exercisers who look better, push more on the bench, or make you understand that you can not do something. You are your own limit, exceed it day by day and you are certain of success.

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