I talked about postulates in an earlier post. Now I’m going talk about how they work and how to change them. To recap, a postulate is a prediction—a self-created truth. It’s a conclusion, decision or resolution made by the individual to resolve a problem or to set a pattern for the future or to nullify a pattern of the past.
A postulate can be negative or positive. Don’t confuse postulates with simply positive or negative thinking. They are not. They are your “core” thoughts. They are what you actually believe without putting up any “fronts.”
Let’s revisit our example. A person says, “I’m a hardgainer; I don’t build muscle or gain weight easily.” Not consciously aware of this postulate, he will wonder why he is having so much trouble gaining muscle; it’s because he has made an earlier promise to himself. In order to change, he has to change that postulate.
How did it form?
Maybe he started training and didn’t have a great routine, didn’t know the proper sequence of exercises, didn’t know that he needed to eat six times a day. He tries something, and it doesn’t work. He makes a mental note: “No progress.” Now he tries something else. Again he misses the target. He makes another mental note. Then comes another change—and still no progress. Now he says to himself, “I’m a hardgainer; I don’t build muscle or gain weight easily.” The postulate is set.
Later he learns proper training; nutrition; use of nutritional supplements; ideal exercise tempo, or the speed of the repetitions; the length of the workout; the optimal amount of rest between sets and exercises; and all the other training factors involved.
The problem is the postulate of “I’m a hardgainer; I don’t build muscle or gain weight easily” has been etched in the person’s beliefs.
Now let’s go back to the statement from Arthur Jones who said, “Next to intensity of effort, confidence may very well be the most important factor for the production of the best rate of training progress; without confidence in his ability to produce good results, a trainee will seldom produce them—and never in proportion to the efforts expended.”
Do you see the significance of the postulate? In order for this person to change his results and gain muscular weight, he has to change that postulate.
You must enter into a mindset that your goals are certain to be attained. You make a statement just knowing, with absolute unshakable certainty/belief, that it WILL be executed despite ANY contrary appearances. There is no counter (opposing, or negative) thought expected, anticipated or anything else.
You go for a walk or go into a quiet place, and you make a series of positive postulates in THAT frame of mind. And you make the statements over and over and over for 30 minutes two times a day.
It’s resetting your governor. A governor on a car is a device for automatic control or limitation of speed. When you change your postulates, it’s like opening the governor to set you at warp speed. Imagine if your governor was set for building muscle. That is the state you want to be in when you are reviewing and reciting your postulates. It’s like you’re ready to knock down all obstacles.
Here are some positive postulates you may consider. You decide, this is the way I think about things, and I’m going to think about these things in spite of everything that comes up:
• I build muscle easily at a blistering pace!
• I make steady and significant improvements in size, strength and weight!
• I am able to conquer the gym and my workout poundages!
• I am strong, powerful and unconquerable!
• Nothing can stop me from achieving my goals and I know it!
• I accomplish all my goals!
• I am very capable in anything I do, and I do it in a very smart manner!
• I’ve turned my muscle-building governor up—it’s at warp speed—so I conquer everything in the gym. It’s a very simple mechanism working for me. It’s like a turbocharger hooked up to make gains come easy and training successful for me. It’s a like a conspiracy determined to bring my goals!
• My governor brings me up to muscle-building warp speed.
• I fully recover from each workout and grow stronger each and every training day.