Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? That’s a catchphrase that holds a special place in the hearts of guys in their late twenties and thirties and one of the first of many quotable remarks coming from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson when he headlined for the WWE. Most recently Johnson has been named the highest paid actor by Forbes, but money is just one metric of his incredible success. Johnson is well known for his overpowering commitment and motivation to succeed in all of his endeavors. From his beginnings in football to his professional wrestling career and, ultimately, acting career, Johnson has had one underlying commitment to his physical fitness.
There really is no better example to follow in the gym than The Rock. If you aren’t sure, just check out any of his recent work, such as the hit HBO show Ballers, to verify that the guy hasn’t slowed down physically at all, even at the age of 44. You could also do yourself a favor and become one of the millions who follow Johnson’s Twitter for a near constant stream of motivational posts. Here are some of his most inspirational quotes to date to help you get motivated to lay the smackdown in the gym.
1.“I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.”
Johnson has stated that in 1995, just before he started his incredibly successful WWE career, he only had $7 in his pocket. There is no doubt that he has looked back on that pivotal moment to keep himself motivated. Everyone goes through hard times and everyone can use those memories as motivation to pursue a better future in and out of the gym.
2. “If something stands between you and your success, MOVE IT! Never be denied.”
The Rock was always athletic. But, that didn’t mean it ever came easy. In 1995, his dream of a football career abruptly came to an end when he was cut from a Canadian Football League team after just 2 months. He stayed in the athletic world quickly jumping to wrestling. But, even though wrestling was in his blood, finding success still wasn’t easy. He had to continually find ways to impress an audience who initially was very reluctant to give him a chance. He argues that success requires persistence just like working out.
3. “We do today what they won’t, so tomorrow we accomplish what they can’t.”
Most people won’t want to get up today and go to work. If you can get past this issue today, you’ll be much more prepared for tomorrow. In other words, don’t succumb to laziness. Be the man you’re meant to be today and you’ll be better for it tomorrow.
4. “Grind Hard, Shine Hard.”
This one is as simple as they come. Rewards and recognition are a direct and inevitable result of working hard.
5. “There is no substitute for hard work. Always be humble and hungry.”
Without hard work there usually won’t be any results. The Rock is basically saying that you can’t expect everything to be handed to you.
6. “Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams.”
You should notice at this point Johnson’s emphasis on hard work. He relates it directly to your goals and your dreams.
7. “The first step to achieving your goal, is to take a moment to respect your goal. Know what it means to you to achieve it.”
This quote is about goals in general but can be easily applied to specific fitness goals. It could be to get to the gym three times a week or going for a run every weekend. Regardless of your goal, The Rock says that the first step is to define it.
8. “You don’t need directions, just point yourself to the top and go!”
Johnson stresses the importance of self-reliance. You don’t really need someone to tell you exactly what to do every step of the way through your life. Just go for it.
9. “One of the most important things you can accomplish is just being yourself.”
This quote is possibly one of Johnson’s best. Realistically, most are not going to be as successful as The Rock. He’s saying that you shouldn’t unrealistically compare yourself to others. Only you know what it means to be at your best.
10. “Success at anything will always come down to this: focus & effort. And we control both.”
Knowing what you can control is a key component to navigating your way through life. The Rock indicates that focus and effort are the primary factors that we can control. In other words, only you can control what you put your energy towards and it directly affects how successful you will be.
If you’re having some trouble getting motivated about getting to the gym, or really anything else, you should consider following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s words for some inspiration. Find his book, any of his shows/movies, or simply follow him on Twitter. He’s simply chock full of motivational advice, particularly when it comes to training where there aren’t many people who can rival his ability to continually bring forth their best effort. So the next time you step in the gym, do as The Rock says and just bring it!
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