A while ago I wrote a blog post about a chap called Andrew who developed a heart condition that left him with a battery operated heart. Since I heard his story and wrote about it there have been many other publications and media outlets that have spoken about his truly inspirational journey.
A true inspiration to anyone and the simple fact is that he had a choice, he could let the heart condition define his life or he could simply just work around his problem.
<<You can read the first story I wrote about him here>>
I noticed his YouTube channel has been quiet for a week and whilst I was scrolling through Instagram the other day I saw this picture below.
It is amazing to read and see that a transplant has come through for him. Whilst it is sad that someone has passed away to provide him the chance to continue living strong it is his chance to keep sharing his journey and help others.
He now has the chance to live a more comfortable life where he is not limited to re-charge his battery packs every night. I struggle with the idea of losing power on my phone during the day, let alone charging a battery for my heart.
I have no doubt that his story will help people and save more lives in the process.
Imagine the lives that he will change in hospital environments by inspiring others to keep moving, to ensure that their conditions don’t limit them. Imagine the people that might read this story or other publications of his story and realise that it is never too late to keep working on health and fitness.
Being happy and healthy is not all about body type or an aesthetic look, it’s not about looking shredded for the cover of a magazine; it is a state of mind that promotes confidence and security in oneself.
I wish Andrew all the best in his recovery from surgery and I hope that he has inspired you to head out into the world today with your head held high and the focus to reach for your dreams.
Have a great week ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
I came across a video the other day that really made me laugh. It was about a guy on a golf course who got so angry at his bad round that he, well… Got his head stuck in a rubbish bin.
I know that you are probably wondering how, apparently he got more and more frustrated with the round of golf he was playing that he went over to a rubbish bin and tried to throw his clubs away. When he realised that he couldn’t fit them in the bin he decided (as most of us would do of course) to stick his head in the bin instead. When he tried to remove his head, presumably after he had cooled down a bit, he couldn’t. His head was completely stuck. You might be trying to picture it - there is no need - finish reading this post and then check out the video of him stuck in the bin, it’ll make your week!
The reason the video made me laugh is because I know how frustration can drive you to do things that you’ll end up regretting or, end up embarrassing you later in life.
I have spent a lot of time on golf courses in my life and gotten pretty upset with myself over a number of things, bad shots, terrible rounds of golf but I think I mostly got angry with myself for not being able to control my anger, I guess that is ironic really. I would let things build and build and then, BANG! I would break a club or let my body language dictate my attitude for the rest of my round.
I remember once I was playing a round of golf with some friends and I got angry at bad shot; I threw my club high into the air, it summersaulted in spectacular fashion and landed in a tree and got stuck. I then knew that I would have to climb the tree to get the club back.
There was another time when I was playing with a group of friends and threw my club in anger because I was having a bad round. The club nearly took out a playing partner. These are all moments I always remember and not because they are nice memories of chasing away anger and frustration but because my behaviour was so unnecessary. At the end of the day what difference did it make to my round? It didn’t improve it, it simply made the round worse.
I guess the point that Im trying to make this fine Monday is that we have such a limited time to spend on this blue planet that it seems a shame to waste it being angry at the past. Realistically that is all that I suffered with and still suffer with to some extent. I’ve really had to try and focus on the present and build to the future as best as I can without getting too ahead of myself.
What I urge you to try this week is a simple process of ‘letting things go.’ If someone cuts you off on your drive to work or you end up facing a tough situation, you have a falling out with a friend or you just get angry for no reason, then you need to stop and think about this guy below in the video with his head stuck in a rubbish bin. Think about where his anger got him and ask yourself, ‘is there something to gain from a negative reaction?’ Most of the time there isn’t.
Enjoy the video and make the most out of your week with some positive vibes!
(apologies in advance for any bad language)
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
I’ve written about Ben twice before on this blog and the other day he put up a post on his Facebook page that will hopefully inspire you to go out and make the most of your week ahead!
For those who don’t know about Ben you can catch up on his stories by following the two links below - come back to this one though ;-)
1. Ben's motivational story.
2. Ben's back surgery update.
Over the last few months Ben has gone from being a member at Virgin Active in Solihull to working there and, most importantly, starting his career as a personal trainer.
It's an amazing place for him to be because 4 years ago he was in a motorbike accident that could have ended his life. It broke his back and left him in a situation where he had to choose to either become stronger, or give up on himself. That’s where his training came in, his relentless efforts in the gym helped to give him the life that he is living today.
It’s pretty easy to meet Ben today and assume that he is a fit guy who has fallen into his natural place by working in a gym, however I have been able to witness his relentless drive to push himself each day to be better than he was the day before.
Check out what he thinks in his own words.
I think the thing that has struck me about his words are that they are filled with humility. Support from others goes a long way, but ultimately he has been the one that has pushed himself through the tough times. He has developed his own resilience.
It’s pretty easy to get down on ourselves when times get tough. It’s pretty easy to look at a tough situation and give up on yourself. When you have those times, I’d like you to think about Ben and his story; realise that no matter how you might feel about things at the time, small steps in the right direction can get you to an amazing place in your life. You simply have to believe in yourself and keep moving.
I wish Ben every success in his progression into personal training and helping people reach their goals in life. I hope that you do too.
Have a great week ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
It’s Sunday night… Im sitting here after cooking some food for tomorrow’s lunch and dinner tonight. I have a cup of Rooibos tea, laptop in hand (obviously) and a movie ready to play on the TV for background noise - all I want to do is sleep.
It has been one of those weeks where every single day I have been absolutely screaming (internally of course) for a few hours off or time to chill out and catch up with my sleep. It has felt like life has been pulling me in different directions.
I’m sure you’ve had those moments where you string together and endless list of commitments, some with other people and some that you have promised yourself to get done. These are the moments that allow procrastination to sneak in it can easily take over. I’ve realised that there are only so many plates we can spin before losing one or two along the way...
We whisper to ourselves - “Oh I’ve been slammed so I’ll sort that out tomorrow…” Or the famous one, “Oh I’ll just take tonight off and start fresh in the morning.” You then mentally prepare how awesome your day will be, starting with a run or gym session and ending with a the satisfaction of all your tasks being completed. Then when that alarm clock rings and you are curled up as snug as a bug in a rug the amazing determination you had when your head hit the pillow is a distant memory.
Recently I have felt like I am going to burn out, I often put way to much pressure on myself. Take for instance last week, I was moving house and devoted a lot of time to it. Instead of booking time off I just decided to try and squeeze everything in; training hard, full work week, eating well and preparing food, keeping up appearances. It literally felt like I had no time on my hands.
When that starts to happen, time starts to slip away, I really had to focus on slowing my thoughts down and trying not to let stress get the better of me. Somedays I manage it and somedays I don’t, last week I didn’t manage it very well.
My point today is really simple, despite my motivational force and enthusiasm for writing quality content for this blog there are some days where I feel like I want to crawl under my pillow and sleep. I have to constantly strive for balance and avoid burn out or stress building up.
There is always a way to make time more manageable and for us to get what we want out of life; whether it is more time with family or more time to do the things we love. Its about taking the good, taking the bad and realising that is simply life.
Whilst this might not be the most motivational blog post you have ever read; it hopefully provides solace that I don’t sit in a magical motivational kingdom where life is always wonderful. I am still simply a human being, I used to let stress and burn out reign supreme in my life. When I decided to get control of my health and wellbeing the world became a much more amazing place.
Now, I know that you were wondering but I have now eaten my dinner, changed my mind on the movie and stopped even trying to watch one. I drank my tea and made more, I have edited this post 2 or 3 times because it didn’t make sense and now I am going to sign off for the night.
Just one last thought before I go….
Keep mindful of your goals and if you have a bad day or week then shrug it off and stay the course because nothing can stop you from being awesome!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
The other day my friend Brian nominated me to help spread the word about male suicide and depression. There are a lot of nomination posts going viral on social media. Whilst they help to drive interest to a particular thing I fear sometimes the message gets lost in a sea of posts and video.
Hopefully this one stands out as it is a picture of my lovely face. :-D
There are way too many people suffering with depression these days and having gone through my own journey of suffering I can truly say that talking about the problem is the first step on the road to recovery. I reckon we all know someone affected by it. Communication forms the foundation of human interaction and happiness - if you know someone who is struggling, open a line of communication with them your interaction could be the thing that helps them get through their day.
I thank Brian for his nomination because it ties in perfectly with what I try and promote with my presence on social media, and this website; positive vibes!
I won't be nominating any friends for this, what I will do is ask that if you have spent time reading then it means you have taken time out of your day to be a part of something. Take a selfie, post it on social media and pass the message on.
Don't do it because everyone else is doing it, do it because it aligns with a positive message that you want to put out to the world.
I help people every week overcome obstacles in their lives, some times its just a friendly ear that is needed to help people on their journey. I don't use the word journey in the sense of a destination in life that we are trying to reach. I say journey because I believe that we should enjoy every step of our lives. If you want to understand what I mean then check out this video - it is 4 minutes long and it is amazing.
Have a great weekend! Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.