Despite Surviving Multiple Heart Surgeries, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Realistic Expectations” Helped Him Shoot for Terminator: Dark Fate in 2019

Published 09/05/2023, 11:30 AM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has mastered the art of transforming his vision into reality. The secret tactic is no mind-boggling algorithm but a bit of simple advice: to set achievable expectations. Soon after the bodybuilder-turned-Hollywood star unraveled his ordeal with open heart surgery, he discussed the need for setting realistic expectations in his recent newsletter. 

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In the latest installment of Arnold’s Pump Club, the athlete correlated happiness with expectations and life satisfaction. Moreover, he explained how the same ideology got him back on his feet only months after the surgery, and on the set of Terminator: Dark Fate in full health. 

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According to the newsletter, the 76-year-old bodybuilder pointed out that unrealistic expectations are the root of distress and dissatisfaction. The newsletter referred to author Brad Stulberg from Master of Change and urged the readers to embrace change and reality. Only then, one may be able to “do something productive about it.” 

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Likewise, the ideology applied to Arnie as well. Soon after his open heart surgery, he was made aware that the doctors had made a mistake, and another surgery was to be done. Disappointed, Arnold wanted to help his situation. Thus, his immediate expectation was to walk free of the walker, while his larger vision was to get back on the set of the Terminator movie. 

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Eventually, the bodybuilding legend got back to the gym, did weighted exercises, and lifted weights, all within three months of his surgery. Therefore, it reiterates the true worth of “realistic expectations” being set to get to the ultimate goal. “Keep this equation in the back of your mind: Happiness = reality – expectations,” the newsletter suggested. When speaking of his health struggle, Arnold managed to uphold his self-motivation throughout his recovery. 

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A recent interview displayed the Austrian Oak recalling his dilemma from 2018 after he underwent open-heart surgery followed by a disaster. The doctors had poked his heart during the surgery, causing internal bleeding. Thus, with another surgery in line, Arnie was determined to get out of the hospital. 

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Arnold began taking small steps with the walker and eventually got better. His family and friends supported the star and cheered him up while he was recovering. ”We did it because I had a positive attitude I knew exactly how I’m gonna get there I had the support system,” the actor added. Cut to short, Arnie was back on the sets of Terminator 6 and in full action. 

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Even though the movie was not a super hit like Arnold’s other movies, his journey behind it is surely worth noting. What do you think of the bodybuilding icon’s advice on expectations? Tell us in the comments. 

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Tiyasa is a sports writer at EssentiallySports, with a keen focus on ice hockey. She is as fascinated by the speed of the ice hockey players as she is by the surges of the surfers in the high seas. Drawing inspiration from legendary figures like Wayne Gretzky, the iconic GOAT of the Edmonton Oilers, Tiyasa's writing reflects her admiration for the tenacity and grit displayed by athletes in the face of challenges.
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