Why do I really want to compete? This can be the hardest question to answer sometimes. There are so many possible answers to this question that no one can know other than yourself. Is it to prove to someone/everyone that you can? Is it to have one of those really cool, well-built trophies sitting on your mantle? If either of these are your reasons, I suggest you reevaluate why you want to compete. These aren’t horrible answers necessarily (only you can judge yourself). However, preparing to compete is extremely difficult if done correctly. In my opinion, there needs to be a great reason to subject yourself to all of the sacrifices you’ll need to make.
After having competed for a number of years now, I can tell you that my personal goal is to win my weight class, win the overall, and qualify for my Natural Pro Card. Period. End of sentence. That said, winning your weight class is extremely difficult – much less winning the overall. And there aren’t points being scored like a basketball game. Everything is pretty subjective; in the eyes of the judging panel. What one judge sees as a first place physique, another might think of it as worth of third place. I was joking with a friend of mine a few days ago that the most overused word backstage after a bodybuilding show is “bullsh*t” because everyone thinks they (or their friend/family member) should have either placed higher than they did or even won.
There really is no right answer to this question. Again, only you can answer it. However, if there was such thing as the perfect answer, I would say it is this: I am competing to be the best I can be on that day. Or, if you have competed before…I am competing to be better than the last time I was on that stage.
If you can accomplish that, you have already won! Would we all love to win? I am sure we can all say absolutely. But, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter what the judges’ scorecards say. All that matters is that you can look in the mirror and be proud of what you have accomplished.