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Patience is a Virtue // Monday Minute

Patience is a Virtue // Monday Minute

30 Day Blogging Challenge #27

Cliche, I know. It hurts.

But, it’s true.

In many studies regarding the failure in pursuit of goals, it has been established that the main cause of the failure… is frustration with the speed at which the journey is going.  As humans, we like things now, we like things on the spot, we like things to come into existence essentially as soon as we want them.  But, we can’t.

The problem is that is not life.  Life moves along however life wants to move along and we can’t change that.  Sure, you can work hard and more diligently towards a goal you may have, and yes that will bring it to you sooner, but almost nothing is instantaneous.  

More importantly nothing worth having comes that easy. 

Most often the glory in an end result is rooted in the journey.  The journey is where you grow, where you learn, where you change.  Why would you want to cut that short?  Trust me, when I have a dream, I cannot wait for it to be reality, but at the same time, the trek to get there is just as important, if not more.

We have to learn to be patient.  

Yes, the end result is important.  But, the journey is just as important.

 

xoxo YouMakeYou,

Colby

 

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Act Without Knowing The Result

Act Without Knowing The Result

30 Day Blogging Challenge #24

I am tired of hearing I want.  To me, it’s almost as bad as I can’t.  You can tell me you want something as much as you desire, but what is the changing?  Please enlighten me, please explain to me this epidemic of wanting wanting wanting and walking through life continuing to want, being pulled by commonality and a monotonous daily routine without changing that want into have.  I am tired of hearing it.  If you want something, please realize right this very second that it is yours.   It may not be easy.  It may take time.  It may take sacrifice.  But if you want something enough to continually verbalize, or even think, about wanting it, for the sake of yourself, please take it. 

 

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We grow up completing tasks and doing things for a reason. Your boss wants you to rearrange the filing cabinets, so you do it.  Your professor wants you to read a case study, so you do it.  Your mom wants you to walk the dog, so you do it.  All our lives, we prioritize the things that have reason.  We do things of which we know the outcome.

But did you ever think of the possibility of beginning a task without knowing what the result will be? Perpetually, that scares us because we have been Pavlonian-programmed to hop on to tasks that are not open ended.  We have done just that all of our lives.

So, that is why when we say we want [something] we rarely ever work towards [that thing].  We are unsure of how to jump into a world of unknown.  We are uncomfortable not having ‘reason’ and concrete confidence.  We aren’t used to it.   We are programmed to minimize uncertainty.

But that is life.  Life is uncertainty, that is the thrill of it. There is nothing wrong with that feeling, it is just one we have to get used to.  It is one that when we do get used to, will open up endless doors into endless opportunities.

Did you ever realize that you can change your want immediately into more if you just do.  Did you ever realize that there is no time more perfect than now?

Sure, uncertainty is unsettling but it is also rewarding and thrilling, it’s healthy.  It results in mental growth, change, and personality building. 

And sure, you may fail, but one: we’ve talked about this before, and two: you may succeed beyond imagination.

Further than making your want into have, learning to do things for the mere reason of doing them is a skill to own.  Mark Manson put it perfectly:

Developing the ability to simply do things for no other reason than curiosity or interest or hell, even boredom — the ability to do things with no expectation for result or accolade or productivity or fanfare — will train you to better make these big ambiguous life decisions. It will train you to simply start on something without knowing where in the hell it’s going.

It can be scary, yes.  But it can also be one of the most rewarding talents you could ever learn.

I challenge you to do something over the next week for the mere hell of it.  

I challenge you to stop saying I want and just do.

One more time for good measure.

Don’t be afraid of the unknown, YouMakeYou!

xoxo,

Colby

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YouMakeYou In Action: Ashley Drummonds

YouMakeYou In Action: Ashley Drummonds

30 Day Blogging Challenge #22

Yesterday I went on a rant about passion— how we need to stop searching for it and instead let it find us, where in most cases it already has, we just then have to accept it and tear down the walls of social standards halting us from being with it.

Today, I want to share with you a story of incredible passion, just to prove that I am right.  LOL jk not at all— just because not only is this a story of passion but one of embodying the YouMakeYou® mindset.

Meet Ashley Drummonds:

Tell us a little about yourself: Hi, I’m Ashley Drummonds and I am the creator of ABS Protein Pancakes. Before I created ABS, I worked in the fitness industry, training clients and doing photo shoots. During this time I was on a really strict diet that didn’t allow a lot of foods, especially pancakes. When I was asked to do another photo shoot, I realized that I wanted to be happy, beautiful, enjoy food again, and to be slim and fit and that is when I realized I wanted to be Authentic, Beautiful, and Strong… I wanted to be ABS. This is when I decided to create a new path and start ABS to help others achieve these goals and enjoy what they ate. Currently, there are 3 delicious flavors of ABS Protein Pancakes. Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Roll and Vanilla Cake Batter that literally lets you eat 4 delicious protein pancakes all for almost the same nutrition as a protein shake! I mean, I am not a protein drink fan I would much rather eat pancakes and waffles for my nutrition. (RETWEET -Colby)

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For me, there was a defining moment when I knew I wanted to make YouMakeYou® something larger than a personal hobby and something that could allow me to empower others, was there a defining moment of which you knew that ABS was it for you? ABS is actually an acronym for Authentic Beauty and Strength, which is the whole mission behind the ABS Protein Pancakes. The slogan “I got my ABS while eating Pancakes” has a double meaning because yes the nutrition on the ABS Protein Pancakes is so clean and healthy that it is part of a healthy meal plan, but also going through my own struggle of dieting and depriving my body just to get those 6 pack abs I wanted to find a way for people to enjoy their favorite foods (which mine was breakfast foods like pancakes) while also being able to have the body they want.

What you have done with building a community around ABS Protein Pancakes is amazing, have you faced threeany challenges in chasing your dream? If so, how have you overcome them? Absolutely! One of the biggest challenges I think that most people come up against and I have dealt with myself is believing in yourself and your dream when nobody else sees the vision or agrees with you. When I first started the ABS Protein Pancakes, so many people told me that it would never work, it was a bad idea, or they just thought I was crazy!  I overcame the challenge of other people’s doubts and opinions simply by staying true to myself and constantly reminding myself of my “why”. Why I want to do it, why I even started and focusing on the long term goal of the business and product. I knew I wanted to help people enjoy their favorite foods while sticking to their fitness and nutrition goals and I also knew I wanted to help empower other women to believe in their dreams and passions. In order to do that, I had to learn how to believe in my own dreams and passions first and see it the whole way through before I could teach others and be an example as I do for my business coaching clients now.

What is your favorite motivational quote?

DREAM BIG.  Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from accomplishing something because once you decide what you want in life, everything in the universe immediately conspires to help you a

chieve it.

If you could give a young entrepreneur one piece of advice, what would it be?  Trust yourself above anyone else. Sometimes when we feel stuck or things slow down we think it’s because we don’t have enough skill, enough education, or enough or something that we have to go out and find a coach or mentor to tell us what to do when the truth is we all have an internal compass that navigates our journey. Not that I think there is ABS pancakesanything wrong with a coach or mentor because sometimes we just need those people to remind us of how to trust our intuition, but I think it’s important we always get quiet within ourselves and trust that inner voice to guide us.

What do the words ‘You Make You’ to you?  To me, YouMakeYou® is about giving people the freedom to create the body and life they want on their own terms. Our society tries to put so much pressure on women to have to fit in this box or this mold of who they are, what they look like, what size they are, etc when the truth is everyone is different and we all have to decide what is right for us and the life that we want. You make you means you have the opportunity to create life the way you want it to be instead of following what everyone else wants it to be for you.

Perfect stack of pancakes? Go. ABS Vanilla Cake Batter Pancakes topped with stevia sweetened greek yogurt, sliced strawberries and rainbow sprinkles!! It tastes just like Strawberry Shortcake!!

 

Thank you Ashley for taking the time to share your story. You Made You 😉

Be sure to check Ashley out — IG, website — and get yourself a bag of ABS, they are so gooood and the macros are wonderful. My personal favorite is the chocolate chip.

 

See you tomorrow!

xoxo YouMakeYou,

Colby

 

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