How do you measure your success in bodybuilding and working out? True satisfaction with yourself and your efforts may be a matter of healthy perspective beyond numbers or comparing yourself to others bodybuilders.A History Of PerspectivesPeople's perspective on various things is a matter highly subject to change. This is an observable fact - e.g., in the last 500 years, we went from considering ourselves a unique, god-given race inhabiting a plate in the very center of the universe, to being reduced to nothing more than ants going around one of billions and billions of stars, with our civilization being so fragile that a minuscule blow of a cosmic catastrophe would wipe all of us in just a few moments.We don't, however, need to go on such a grandiose scale to illustrate that statement - look at the rise of computer industry. Just 50 years ago, people were amazed at the power of computers which filled out entire rooms, and which were tens of millions times weaker in both memory and processing power than those we put into older cell phones.It's important to notice two things with perspective:
- It doesn't happen on its own - it may be slow, but there are internal factors contributing to it.
- It's not necessarily good nor a consequence of progress or discovering some truths, or simply doesn't occur at the same time as discoveries themselves and are subsequently used when it seems fit.
- People are not equal, and genetics does matter, and
- All 3 stats mentioned above generally come in hand with each other - people who have more favorable genetics usually show this by being more muscular prior to training, their gains come faster and come to a halt later than those of less fortunate individuals.