Good points dude. Self analysis is the key to succeeding in any aspect of your life. You have to be able to tear apart your flaws in order to accurately gauge the proper way to fix them.
So anways the theory behind this post is simple. Get back to the basics. Now I love coming to T-Nation but I feel like a lot of the stuff posted in the articles section can lead to mental masturbation. Hell, it seems like there is a new program every week by some guru. This is note just soley T-Nation but almost all sites and mags.
The basics never will steer you wrong. If something sounds to extreme why even do it? Do something that you can do for the rest of your life. You don't need all these overpriced sups,gear, or any other fad that has come out in the last 5 years. Get you some dumbells,a racks, and a bench. Thats all you need. Machines are for pussies that like things less intense.
Oh yah..And don't draw inspiration from other humans. IMO Humans are some of the most lazy and excuse ridden species that evolution has ever created.
Want some inspiration? Watch March of the Penguins. Those fuckers walked 70 miles 4 times in the freezing artic just to preserve their species. I see people out in real life bitching up a storm if they have to wait in line for more then 5 minutes.
Oh yah...and before I go.
Last but not least OPERATE at LEVEL 10 when you are in the gym. It's game day. Don't go in there with some half assed attitude and go through the motions. Eat yourself a little protein bar for some energy and lift some heavy ass weights.