I moved to England in 2005, at that time in my life I was on a quest!
My 18 year old brain wanted to play golf for a living and my whole being was driven towards making that happen. I was, and still am, very creative; I focused on Art in high school and in America, I love to write and take pictures, being creative for me is a massive outlet, something that keeps me sane.
Writing is something that I never actually thought I would share with anyone. In fact today I was clearing out a whole bunch of stuff from my room, old files, receipts and the usual crap that one accumulates over time and I found these…
Yes that’s right! Over a decade’s worth of notes, journalling, sketching and random brain farts that have crossed my mind. From Botswana to America and then to England, I have a log of interesting anecdotes and emotions in my life. I truly hope that no one ever reads them because I think that the most embarrassing entries were when I was stoned and trying to make sense of the world. Before you get too carried away, I wasn’t writing about cupcakes and pizza, or how colourful everything seemed. A lot of my writing in the time I got back to England from America was philosophical or that of a sense of frustration with the world and the way I saw it.
Finding these books got me thinking about the past, not in a bad way or a good way, but in an ‘AHA!’ Kind of way…
Somehow I have created a business for myself that I love, a business that involves fitness, helping people, writing and being creative with video content, an outlet or technique of expressing what I enjoy about the world. It’s like the different areas of my life fit together to form a picture of sorts. An example, whilst browsing my notes and entries in said journals, I came across some notes from a web-design course that I did in London many years ago through the Open University. At the time I remember doing the course and thinking, "I’m really unsure about how this benefits me right now.” To this day I still don’t know how much of that course I remembered when starting my blog in 2014 but somehow it helped me. The same way that, somehow, pouring thousands of pints of beer and cashing up countless tills then rushing to catch a bus will have taught me something for the future. If you couple that with the hours of writing, thinking and procrastinating about sharing my thoughts with the world, then you have essentially the blog.
Why is this relevant to a motivational Monday blog post?
We live in an age of instant gratification, an age where it seems that people can become what ever they want, or be who ever they want to be in no time at all… I see a lot of people ‘hustling’ and ‘grinding’ or ‘chasing dreams’ and sometimes despair because I too get caught in the hustle of life without stopping to see how far I have come and what has shaped my reality. It is important to notice growth in character and development or realisation of our dreams.
All growth is fundamentally something that happens; for it to happen two things are important.
In my head, looking at those two points from a lifestyle or fitness perspective - your 'technical ability’ is about learning how to change habits, and the plan that gets you to your goals. Getting out of your own way is about living your life, enjoying the plan you’ve set and being the best you that you can be. Some days will be easier than others, some days you’ll question how things may serve you but down the line you’ll learn to appreciate where you’ve come from.
If we are constantly looking forward to something it is easy to become demotivated by the current state of affairs. Think about this, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel on and off for over 33 years, that is a long time to work at something, the result is an amazing building that inspires people every single day. I’m sure at the time he probably thought he would never create something to be so timeless, heck he probably had doubts that he would ever achieve half the things he achieved with his life.
When I first started my sketch book and journal in 2003 in Botswana I never knew it would contribute to today’s blog, but here it is, my blog is no Sistine Chapel but to me Raw Motion Fitness is my masterpiece that I’d like to watch grow and blossom.
I guess I’m trying to say that even though some days your goals and your aspirations in life might weigh you down, just remember that over the course of a year, two years or even two decades you can achieve so many awesome and inspiring things with your life.
That being said, giving up is now no longer an option because you’d only be getting in your own way. Be awesome, be epic, be everything you want to be!
Have a great Monday and remember to Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Wooohooo! That is the way I feel when I watch the Masters golf tournament every year and realise that Spring is here! Albeit in the UK it doesn’t quite feel like spring, it does feel as though the winter months have been very, very long.
I have to say that 2018 has been off to a flying start for me personally and professionally and the reasons for which I’ll share with you today. One of the biggest things that I have noticed is that I haven’t been so hard on myself for ‘letting other people down’. In other words I have been forcibly taking more time for myself and focusing on what serves me.
You might ask what caused this shift? Well, it is a long story, last year I probably bit off more than I could chew - I started We Move Fitness, an online fitness solution with someone and tried to jump away from the health club scene and become a freelance trainer. The freelance trainer plan sort of fell apart in the July of last year and We Move Fitness, for reasons I can’t go into, limped along until December last year. The online fitness solution has become something that I merged with Raw Motion Fitness and now have full control over.
That doesn’t sound like too much of a big deal, but it was, and led to a big change in strategy for my career at the end of the summer last year. August to December was possibly one of the toughest times for me in terms of knuckling down and getting to work on building relationships and building up my client base, all the while really struggling with my confidence in myself. I remember one day I had to just stop, I had to stop everything I was doing and just sit and think, I thought about life, I thought about who I am as a person, my values and if I actually was a good person. I thought about what I was trying to achieve and I thought about where I wanted to go, then I thought about nothing, turned off my phone and went to sleep, this cycle repeated for several days.
Later in the week I was writing out my ideas, my solutions to my problems, trying to calculate what I would need to do to make enough money to get through to the next month and keep the spark and finances alive. My friend Gaz came over to help me out, we talked about the exact numbers of people that I would need to sign up to ‘get by’ until the end of the year. He saw me panicked and furiously writing numbers down, and he grabbed a piece of paper and wrote this down.
That has been stuck in my head ever since; I have it pinned in my room and look at it from time to time. Back then, I looked at it every day. With that said, I achieved what I set out on the papers that day because I harnessed some inner strength, said to myself that, 'I have the power to do this for me,’ and managed to embrace the friendships and love that was around me at the time.
We Move Fitness has officially dissolved as a business and the content and video platform has continued as a part of Raw Motion Fitness - this was a hard decision to make and leading up to Christmas I found myself to be very stressed over the whole thing. The idea for the business was pure, bringing people a platform for health and fitness that was accessible and inspiring.
The momentum that we had was great, however the universe has a weird way of throwing curve balls at relationships and friendships. The decision to split from a business, even as young as We Move Fitness was, is no picnic. I have learned a lot about business and relationships off the back of it.
The integration of the video coaching under the Raw Motion Fitness Umbrella will give rise to something that I am really excited about in the coming months, there is a plan a foot, so if you stay tuned then you’ll get some awesomeness coming your way.
I’m always one for learning from things that happen in life, and if I can explain why I’m sharing this with you today; it is because what ever your goal, what ever your plan for things in your life is, you’ll always have people and things that inadvertently get in the way. You’ll have obstacles and battles to fight, even when you get to your goal there is to be no let up. You just have to take some time to congratulate, acknowledge your success and look for other ways to keep moving with things. The reason I say this is because the world doesn’t stop for anyone - things are constantly changing and moving. There is never a right time to start something new, there is never a perfect day to start your diet, start a course, do a degree and ultimately be the best version of yourself, you just have to start.
What is funny is that I actually wrote this piece about 2 weeks ago, I wrote it before I went on holiday to Cornwall and thought I’d post it then, but I didn’t, I left it. Then a few days back from holiday my cousin shared a video on Facebook - it is 4 minutes long and underlines what I have written in this post.
I like the way that things come together when you don’t rush them, the way things come together when you put the right focus and energy into them. If you feel like you are struggling with things at the moment, struggling with the way in which your life is headed, then maybe take some time to stop. It can be 5 minutes or 5 hours, but just stop and let your mind catch up with itself.
Last year felt like everything was a rush for me, which is probably why things ended up being the way they were in the middle of the year. With change comes reflection and reflection is hard to do without time away from the routine that you are in…
Energy is an infectious thing - it moves from a high concentration to a low concentration, #science, if you are full of awesome bubbly energy then you’ll infect those around you. If you’re full of nothing, then maybe those around you are infecting you. Either way you have the chance to change that energy each and every single moment because life is full of choice.
Maybe today is the day when you choose to change? Maybe today is the day that you decide to think differently about your life, fitness and vitality? Maybe today you start to feel awesome because you choose to live for you and embrace the love and friendships around you?
Stay Strong and Keep Moving.
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.