It has been nearly one year since I re-launched this website. It was a really cool time because it meant the site had a complete overhaul. The blog posts have kept rolling through and since I started this blog the main goal has never changed. I am here to empower people to be a better version of themselves, whether it is my readers or my clients, the mission remains the same.
This time last year, before the site went offline for a few weeks, I wrote a piece referring to one of my favourite movies, Joe Dirt, have a read of the blog post here if you’d like.
The premise of the piece was; no matter what life throws at you you have to keep cultivating the best life for yourself. Joe’s quote was; “Life’s a garden, dig it.”
I met a few people over the last few days who I didn’t know, they had come across the video (I’ve embedded it below) which was shared on social media - it was amazing to hear that I’ve had an impact on their lives and the best part was that I had never met them.
It goes to show that you have no idea what your influence is, especially in this day and age.
Your reach and influence is far beyond what you know - if you put good energy out to the world then you’ll receive it. With that said go out there, put a smile on your face and inspire someone this week, whether you inspire them with kindness or your story it will create a positivity around you that others will be drawn to.
If you keep it up over time you will be able to cultivate your garden of awesomeness! Like I said, a lot can change in a year, a lot can change in a week. If you believe in yourself and empower others, who knows what the world will hold in store for you.
Sit back and check out this video that I made for the We Move Fitness company that I am running. If you have the time then please share this post and video to friends and family.
Have a great week ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
I think no matter who you are you'll always have those people in your life that influence and inspire you. I feel lucky enough to have had a few in my short time on this earth. One person in particular was a history teacher in high school, his name was Mr Powell.
The most important lesson he taught me was when he introduced our class to the phrase VOLP.
His ethos was simple, when ever you are presented with information you should assess it based on it's Value, it's Origin, it's Limitation and it's Purpose. I felt it only right to share this with you today, after all, sharing is caring!
So how does this translate to what I blog about here at Raw Motion Fitness? Well, my mission with this blog and with my clients is to empower people. A lot of what I write about is linked to weight loss and being a healthier, stronger version of oneself.
It is clear to anyone who is stepping into the fitness industry that there is a world of opinion regarding the 'best' ways to get fit, lose weight, etc. So much so that it can overwhelm and discourage people before they have even had a chance to enjoy the great feelings that come with progress and achieving goals.
Let's say that someone shares a link to an article/video about weight loss with you - you can apply the VOLP rule…
Understand the VALUE of the article; is it relevant to your goals and your situation? What can you learn from it and apply to your life? Does it align with your values and your core beliefs?
Then you've got to figure out the ORIGIN; Is it a genuine, credible source? Is the article/ video from an obscure person?
After that you can assess the LIMITATIONS of what you are reading or being presented. Is the person writing the article/ in the video coming from a severely biased perspective? Are they actually well rounded in their opinion? Have they got a big following of people? Are those followers genuine? What do those people have to say about their advice?
The final part of the assessment should be regarding the PURPOSE of the information you are presented. Why was it written or recorded? Are you being led down a path towards a purchase? If so then head back the the Value part and assess the product, will it offer you long term success or just a short term fix?
The reason this came to mind is because Facebook alerted me on ways to spot some fake content the other day. I was taken on a tour of the many ways in which people manipulate videos and disseminate articles for clicks and views and all other nonsense.
There are a thousands of different opinions that you’ll come across the further into the fitness industry that you go, the best thing that you can do for yourself is try and be objective when assessing information. One particular way of eating and exercising might not suit you, if there was one solution to the world’s health issues then the industry wouldn't really exist in the same capacity as it does today.
I thought that VOLP could help you start your week strong coming back off and Easter, and maybe one too many Easter eggs. Most people I talk to might sum up their goals in fitness with the following statement, “I want to lose weight and tone up.” When you delve a little deeper, those same people are looking to feel better, move better, look better and to achieve it in a way that they can sustain in a healthy positive way.
The best way I have found to do that is to start by understanding the process, questioning, learning as much as possible and applying the relevant information, therefore creating an environment where you can thrive!
Have a great week ahead. Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
I’ve got a question for you this Monday… Did you give anything up for lent this year?
I didn’t but I have an idea to share with you about it. Lent is defined as penitence or fasting for a fixed period of time.
Penitence is defined as showing regret for something that we have done wrong.
I don’t think we should show regret (unless you gave up killing people for lent, in which case, congratulations and now you should turn yourself into the police).
I think we should celebrate your achievement!
We have to realise that we live in a world and a universe of abundance; whether you believe it or not there is an abundance of love, money, food, water and most importantly HAPPINESS. The difference between agreeing to that statement and not is your prerogative, just as it mine to believe it so.
The thing that I’d like to stress is that of empowerment over restriction this week. I have written about it before (HERE). Whether you gave up booze, chocolate, pizza or gave up swearing you have to realise the power of the choice that you have made. You should celebrate the choice you made for a positive decision in your life.
You have chosen to give up something you enjoy to appreciate being able to have it in your life. You may be sitting there thinking that you can’t have what you want because of the choice you have made. If we restrict ourselves through our mentality, “I can’t have this or that…” Then we are re-enforcing a negative association to the thing that we have given up.
This week is the last blog that I will write for a couple of weeks as I will be going away for Easter. So let’s leave it on a positive note, if you gave up something for lent then WELL DONE! Be proud of what you have done and realise that you chose to do something positive rather than tortured yourself for 40 days...
That goes for any positive change that you make in your life in general; do it because you understand the benefit of a positive choice and spend your time celebrating your victories each day.
Have a fantastic couple of weeks and I’ll be back on Monday the 24th of April with more positive vibes to share with you! Until then, STAY STRONG AND KEEP MOVING!
Fear lives in the future - it lives in our minds and in our expectations. Just let that sink in... You might try and argue that you can be fearful in a particular situation but then aren't you simply (at that moment in time) only fearful of what could happen?
For example: if you were scared whilst starting a big presentation at work, you’d still be scared of the future because you’d be thinking of the outcome if you were to mess it up.
Fear is a word that I have mentioned over 20 times in this blog since 2014, but never in this context.
People often ask me what happened to make me change my lifestyle, "Was there a moment or a particular thing that made you change?"
My answer is always the same, I changed my mindset.
So what does that mean?
It means that there was no singular moment that caused me to change, there were just multiple occasions that prompted me to overcome my fears and take positive steps forward. Sometimes people think that I just stubbed out my last cigarette and the next day I started eating a better diet. It actually took me a good 3 months to start eating better food after quitting smoking.
From the first time I knew I had a weight problem again, it probably took me about 2 years to get my life back on the right track. I took me so long to change because I was scared:
I was scared that I wouldn't be able to cope with failure.
I was scared of being judged.
I was scared of being laughed at whilst trying to get fit.
I was scared of suffering through exercise.
I was scared of what I didn't understand.
I was scared of what I didn't know.
I was scared to start learning.
I was scared of forgiving myself for not being successful at golf in America.
I was scared to move forward with my life.
Do any of those ring a bell? I bet you’ve felt at least one of those at some point in your life.
Now I’m not saying you should be completely fearless, fear is a very necessary emotion; it protects us from danger and stops us from doing harm to ourselves. Unfortunately it is a double edged sword, it can inhibit us from achieving anything in our lives because it traps us mentally and forces us to put the brakes on for self preservation.
Just so we are clear, here are a couple of examples:
The only way I overcame my list of fears was by staying in the moment, not getting caught up in the future and saying to myself, “Come on Brendan, FEAR stands for Face Everything and Rise!”
With every single positive step that you make in each day, you are increasing your positive energy. Each conscious decision that you make without letting fear influence your thoughts, you are overcoming fear and rising to become a better and stronger version of yourself.
In golf there is a simple psychological state that I have had the privilege of experiencing many times. It is called ’the zone’. The only way I can describe it is pure control, every thought that I had was positive, there was no space for fear because I was focused on each shot at a time. The result of being truly present was playing some of the best golf of my life.
Whether you are trying to commit to getting up early for the gym each day, or trying to get motivated to join the running club down the road. If you are scared to start researching and learning about the best ways to sustainably lose weight or even step foot in the gym, you need to say to yourself: “I will face everything and rise!”
I hope that you find this blog post helpful to start your week well! I hope you become fearless when chasing your goals for fitness and for life.
If you are struggling to get going and need a helping hand then pop some information on the form below and I will happily get in touch, sometimes a helping hand is all you need to get your life back on track.
Have a great week ahead.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.