“I saw my career in front of me. I saw myself on the Mr. Universe stage with the trophy and thousands of people in the auditorium screaming Arnold, Arnold, Arnold.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I watched the 3-part Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary on Netflix recently and came away admiring two specific traits.


The three episodes cover the three different parts of his career – bodybuilding, acting, and government.

In pursuing his goals in each area, he describes having a vision so clear that he can see it as if it’s already real.

As a teen, he envisioned himself on stage accepting the Mr. Universe trophy and hearing the crowd chant his name. Just a few years later, that’s exactly what happened.

As I’m figuring out my next chapter, I’ll be incorporating a practice of vision meditation in my life.

It’s not a fantasy. It’s not a dream. Fuck the dream. You have to have a clear vision. And when you visualize something really clearly, you believe that you 100% can get there.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold read about the fitness routine of one of his idols and saw it as a guide to achieving his goals.

He started going to the gym every day and would work out for seven hours.

This wasn’t a dream for him. It wasn’t a wish. He was dedicated.

He saw a crystal-clear vision of the future and his mind started searching for ways to make it happen.

And of course, he did the hard part – the work. But hearing him talk about it, you get the feeling it wasn’t work to him.

Clearly it was hard, but there was a joy in pursuing his vision. He loved what he was doing.

I’m inspired.

If you need some inspiration in your life, add Arnold to your Netflix queue.

- Matt

This week’s image created by MidJourney with the prompt: Arnold Schwarzenegger lifting a barbell, pixar-style.

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