by Christian Garcia
In life, there are a lot of things that we’re all unfamiliar with. Choosing what we want to become familiar with is the easy part. Actually familiarizing ourselves with those things is the hard part; it can quite troublesome for many. I am just generalizing for the sake of applying this, so bear with me.
We all set goals and we all want to achieve those goals. That’s why they’re called goals. If you didn’t want to achieve them, you wouldn’t set them to begin with. In order to achieve those goals, you have to put in the work, but it ain’t always easy to do. Some people are just natural go-getters and will get the hang of something. However, if you’re not one of those people, you may try and try, but you may fail time after time. Eventually, you may get discouraged. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The key is- you gotta get help. Some of us are afraid to ask for it, but it must be done to overcome whatever barriers you may be facing. Whether you’re entirely open to asking for help or super reluctant because a) you have too much pride to ask for help or b) you don’t want to be a bother to any when asking for help… and so you don’t. But not asking for help can sometimes just lead to failure and disappointment because you may not know all the answers. The thing is there are people out there who want to help you. As humans, we flourish from seeing others succeed, especially when we lead those people to success.
A prime example is health and fitness. You may start out thinking you know what you’re doing or you may not know at all. Being lost on your health and fitness journey can be frustrating. But rest assured, we’ve all been there and some of us continue to be there. You’ve got to be comfortable to reach out for help. Before deciding I wanted to pursue a career in vegan bodybuilding, I was just an everyday athlete who did not have a full grasp on the concept of nutrition, nor did I have a good idea of how to lift weights. I was just a cross trainer doing in-home workouts. But when I decided to really take lifting seriously, I knew I had to reach out. And I did. I had seen Dani Taylor (my coach and co-owner of Vegan Proteins) post about her coaching and nutrition programs. I was lost and all the signs pointed to her. I contacted her and we got in touch. She designed a full workout program and meal plan to follow. Prior to reaching out, I would have run circles around myself before finally finding out how proper nutrition would have complemented my fitness goals. But she did all the hard work for me and all I had to do is what she laid out for me. Truth be told, it worked. And it continues to work because I continue to seek guidance and advice from her.
I’ve seen countless others seek advice from others in the vegan health and fitness community. It’s really a beautiful thing to see because we’re all driven, motivated individuals with a similar interest. That’s what makes it so easy to reach out to others or to seek help. I know there are some who are reluctant to seek guidance, but fear not, whoever you are. We’re all willing to help. It’s what we’re here for. Without one another, we fail. We, as humans, rely on a support system to sustain structure and order. As Bonebreaker Barbell said, “Use your strength to help others.”
If you’ve got goals, go out and reach them. You may fall along the way, but you’ll always have others with extended arms to help you back up. If you’re lost, ask for help. It’s not as bad as you think. It’s really not bad at all.