This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in November of 2020. For the original video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POEifRungeo&t=199s
Bob: Today we are going to talk about five simple tricks to stay motivated every single day.
Brad: That's right.
Bob: Life changing habits will change your life.
Brad: Well, Bob, you know, I was thinking about this and everything going on these days. Life can be challenging enough and then you have all kinds of other things.
Bob: Going on in the background.
Brad: Right. The virus, there can be financial issues. In order to be successful, happy and have a satisfying life, you need to stay motivated. It's not always easy.
Bob: No, very difficult.
Brad: We are going to go through five different steps. We are going to take our time a little bit so you can get everything. Number one, and I think, Bob, you fully agree with, you need to avoid negative people. As well as negative information.
Bob: I totally agree with this, yes.
Brad: Sometimes you can't avoid negative people because you either live with them or you work with them.
Bob: That's exactly right. Or they're family.
Brad: So, you've got to work around that and see if you can turn the tide and get them to be a little more positive.
Bob: I want to give you a compliment, Brad. That's one of the reasons I like being around you. You're a very positive person. Very good example.
Brad: Well, that's what I was going to say about you, Bob. We're starting to rise up here.
Bob: Yeah, boats are rising up on the tide.
Brad: The next thing, this is good. During this time in our society, how things have evolved, is news can be so negative. Particularly because they dwell on being negative. It seems like in the music in the background. The good news is there's things like podcasts. You can pick out your own sources. Like, Bob and Brad has a podcast.
Bob: Yes, we do have a podcast that we started.
Brad: We just started that.
Bob: I love driving in the car now because we always listen to a podcast.
Brad: You can tune it in. There's no commercials. It's a whole different thing. There's a lot of good options coming up.
Bob: They have every topic available possible. If you haven't started listening to podcasts; it took me a while before I grabbed onto the concept. You need to start because it is the best way to get information. There's something for everybody. Even on the most obscure topic.
Brad: Number two, you've got to be an optimist. Is the glass half empty or is it half full? It all depends on how you look at it. This is one of those things that, like earlier, Bob and I just had a good example. Join the compliment club. Like Liz! We came in today, both Bob and I said to Liz, and keep in mind I saw Liz twenty minutes before Bob. I said, you got your hair done. It looks so nice. Then Bob came in and said the exact same thing.
Bob: Those little things can make a difference. It makes Liz feel better, but it also makes you feel better. It's just an all-around positive thing. There's always something good to say about everybody. You might have to work a little harder for some people, but you can come up with something.
Brad: You might have to get that book out.
Bob: So, this is a book that I had read. I've seen it recommended a lot. It's called The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday. Basically, it goes throughout history and gives you examples of people that run into really huge obstacles. I mean obstacles that would crush many people and they flip it around to their positive. I'm not going to give any examples because I'm not very good at that, but this book is a good example of taking the negative and turning it into something positive.
Brad: Right. What is that saying? You can take lemons and turn it into iced tea, or?
Bob: Into lemonade.
Brad: LEMONADE! That old memory thing; I'm still working on that. I know, Bob and I are fans of Zig Ziglar. One of his quotes that I remember to this day is you can have everything you want in life if you help enough other people to get what they want.
Bob: I love that one too. It's so true. It's amazing how the karma seems to almost work that way. With this channel, that's our goal, to help as many people as we can in the world.
Brad: That's exactly right.
Bob: It's really brought us a lot of satisfaction in doing so.
Brad: Just this morning I was reading those comments and there's happy faces and people
thanking us and it's like, it's working, Bob. Bob is the one who spearheaded this, and he's brought this out. Initially I thought it wasn't going to work. But it's going!
Bob: Right, it's going.
Brad: It's one of those situations, give and take and it'll always work out for the better.
Bob: You give, you get back.
Brad: Number three. This is right up our alley as physical therapists. Get physically active. If you stay sedentary, you can exercise your mind but the mind and the body work together. You have to get up. You have to get moving, like at the beginning of the video. This W stretch is one of my favorite stretches because it works posture. It works your shoulders. It stretches. The W is for?
Bob: I'm not sure what you always say.
Brad: It's for winning! It reminds me of that song by Santana back in the 80s. Remember that?
Bob: No, I don't.
Brad: Steve Winwood. Winning. That's the name of that song.
Brad: "I'm winning", (singing). I better not sing. But if you go to Steve Winwood on YouTube and put "Winning", it'll come up. If you look at the lyrics of the songs,
it's about someone being lifted up and winning. The whole video shows pictures. It's not a video. It just shows pictures of mostly sports people but other people very successful in that time era. So, if you're 50 years old, you'll know, it's a great way to start.
Bob: From that time period.
Brad: Yes, but even older, younger people, you'll know.
Bob: They'll appreciate it too.
Brad: It's a good uplifting song. Turn some music on that gets you going.
Bob: Yeah, if you're really down and you're in bed, or whatever, just give yourself some small goal. Like, today, I'm going to walk back and forth on the floor.
Brad: We didn't get to number five.
Bob: Oh, did I really?
Brad: It all fits together. There's no number order here. So, get active, do some stretching, get out and walk. If you can't walk, do some exercises.
Bob: Yeah, just do something that you can do in bed and start with that. The next day you do a little bit more.
Brad: Boy, the mind just really turns on and responds to the body. Sometimes you have to take control and force yourself. For me, it's almost that way every day. It's not that bad, but you know.
Bob: I think when you combine the physically active if you can go outdoors. You're getting a double bang for your buck there. Especially if the weather is nice. My wife and I, we like to get out running in the winter and especially when the roads are fine. There's nothing like it. You get that fresh air, and you feel a real sense of accomplishment. When you run out in the 20 degree below weather.
Brad: You're from Minnesota.
Bob: I am from Minnesota, yeah.
Brad: This next one is, number four, having a mentor figure or friend or a family member that you look up to because they give you inspiration. Inspiration when you're down, is important. I'll give you an example of one. It's actually a movie I watched. Have you ever watched Rudy?
Bob: Oh, of course.
Brad: He's the little guy that just everything's against him and he keeps chugging along and keeps chugging along.
Bob: Never gives up.
Brad: He never did play football. He never played in college; he played one play. And it was a victory.
Bob: And he got carried off the field.
Brad: Yeah, the only person.
Bob: To ever be carried off the field, right?
Brad: Well, yeah, up to that point. That was at Notre Dame. Anyway, watch the movie, Rudy. It will inspire you. I've got another one. Agnus. I think I've told you about Agnus.
Bob: No, I don't think so. Is she the older lady?
Brad: Yeah. I was 39 years old, and I did a triathlon for the first time. Here's this woman, who I found out later was 72 years old. I was like, wow, she's doing this. I couldn't believe it. And she beat me by a half an hour. Maybe it wasn't a half hour, but it was substantial.
Brad: I was like, I want to be like that. I want to do triathlons until I'm 72, but this COVID year screwed me. They cancelled them all!
Bob: Be positive about it.
Brad: Right. I'm going to put a checkmark that that was okay. Agnus would understand. So, I want to go until 72. She kept doing them until she was 76. That was the last time I saw her. I'm not sure what happened after that.
Brad: Do you have any mentors?
Bob: A lot of times they aren't even ones you meet in life. Sometimes they are ones you meet through books. I like to read a lot of biographies and stuff like that. I try to take something from everybody. The good portions of it.
Brad: See how it fits into your life. It's all a piece of the puzzle. We're complicated people.