Excel with (Com)passion

by Christian Garcia

If you’re a normal human being (I know, a lot of us aren’t normal, but bear with me), chances are you have goals and ambitions. Even if they’re not big and challenging, you still most likely have ‘em. How badly you want to succeed in reaching those goals and ambitions is solely up to you. If you’re really geared toward achieving those goals, you’re willing to go the extra mile for them. People will see this and they’ll want you to succeed as well.

The thing I am getting at is that to ensure success in whatever you do, you have to want it badly enough and you have to find people who want it for you as well. Because when you have found those people, your chances of success increase substantially; you’re supported by more than just your own ambition and will. This also makes it easier for you to get motivated in whatever you do because you know you’re doing it for more than just yourself.

Moreover, you have to set yourself up for success. You have to want it. Because if you don’t want it, no one else will want to want it for you. Yeah, it may not be easy, whatever it is you’re doing, but if it’s hard, it’ll be worth it. Whatever obstacles you may face, days of feeling unmotivated, etc., it will be worth it. You just have to keep at it.

For me, bodybuilding is extremely important, not just because the physical and mental gratification I get from it, but because I’m doing it for more than just myself. There are a number of reasons why I bodybuild, but the one that takes precedence, above all else, is doing it for the animals. Many people believe that it’s damned near impossible to compete as bodybuilder, let alone build muscle, all on a vegan diet. However, I work myself to the bone and never cut corners in my training because I know I can do this. Having someone or something to do it for (the animals) gives me motivation to improve every single day. And because of it, I’ve found people who have invested their time, energy, and knowledge into me because my passion shows. They see how hard I work and how much potential I have, so they’re willing to work with me. In exchange, I work even harder to let those people’s investment in me have a bigger and greater return: success. I’m not writing this out of self-flattery, but as a motivational piece for you to take from.

So, what do you want to work hard at? What are your goals? The harder you work, the more people will see your passion and they’ll be willing to come along for the ride. Each and every day is one step closer to those goals, if you choose to set them. So go get ‘em, tiger.

Until next time,
CG

P.S. Here’s a kick-ass, oil-free, gluten-free, and vegan banana-protein bread recipe. It’s adapted from karmachow.com’s recipe, but this one is oil-free. Forget about those empty oil calories! Carb up, my friends!

Christians Banana Bread

Ingredients
1-1/4 cups Bob’s Gluten Free Baking Mix
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup quinoa, optional
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3-4 ripe bananas (at least some brown spots), mashed
1/4 cup chia seeds
½ cup apple sauce
1/4 cup maple (or agave) syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup crushed walnuts or chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the dry ingredients (oats, flour, quinoa, baking soda, baking powder, chia seeds, sea salt, and walnuts/chocolate chips) into one large bowl. In another bowl, combine mashed bananas, apple sauce, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir well and then add to flour mixture in large bowl. Stir well until there are no clumps. Place in a lightly-oiled loaf pan. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

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