It is not because things are difficult….


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is not  because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca 

I started a program called Optimize Coach this year.  In it, the creator Brian Johnson takes you through a wealth of wisdom and philosophy from many different books and sources.  I listened to a high-level overview from a book called, “Letters from a Stoic.”  And that’s where I got today’s quote of the day! 

Almost every day I try to get in a workout and move my body.  And at some point during the workout normally it becomes hard.  I train my body for every day health.  I also train my body for a couple of big races every year.

I have one coming up on January 23rd.  It’s the 3M Half Marathon.  This year I decided to do something different that I have never done before. 

If you know you me at all and have been reading this blog or e-mail for any length of time you know I am an early riser.  I typically get up on weekdays at about 4:00 a.m. and then go workout at 5:00 a.m. or 5:15 a.m. and I log into work at 6:30 a.m.  I start my day early.  And I end it early. 

On days where I do a long run, I start around 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. and run for an hour or two to do a run. 

Now on race day, things seem backward because I would wake up at the same time at 4:00 a.m and wait until 7:30 a.m. to start to run. 


This year I will wake up at 4:00 a.m. and start running around 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. to get in about 10 miles.  I will return home and eat breakfast and then run 3 miles to the race start by 7:30 a.m. and then run the 13.1 miles of the 3M Half!

13.1 + 13.1 = 26.2 


Does that sound difficult? YES!
Did I train enough and run as many miles I should have? MAYBE!
Do I dare to run the race? YES!

What dream of yours have you created a big old story around?  You know the one that says your dream is too hard to bring to life.  That it’s impossible.  Yeah right?!?!?

Let’s dare to dream BIG in 2022!
Let’s dare to go for it in 2022! 
Let’s dare to do difficult things in 2022!

Send me an email if you have a difficult thing you want help with.

Maybe I can help. 

Happy Monday!

Let’s do this day with joy!

From Coach Matt


1) I love and accept myself completely
2) I
accept myself unconditionally. 
3) I accept myself exactly as I am now. 

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Habit Change Advice



“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”  


We are 10 days into the new year!  

How are you doing with everything? 

You might have tried to change some things about yourself.  You might not. 
I have been listening to a couple of gurus on habit change and they kind of said the same thing.

If you want to start a new habit do the following:

1) Make it a really small and really easy thing. 
2) After you do it, celebrate that you did do it.  
3) Tell yourself you are the type of person that does this new habit.  

For instance, say you wanted to start flossing your teeth.  Make the goal really easy.  Say, I am just going to start by flossing one tooth on the first day.  Then when you floss the one tooth, celebrate that!  You did it! You flossed one tooth.  Then say I am the type of person that flosses my teeth.   
Don’t say I am going to meditate for 60 minutes a day in 2022. 
Make the goal to meditate one minute a day. 
And then celebrate that. 

If you make the goal really easy, you are more likely to do it. 
And once you do it, you can create some momentum around these small wins. 
And once you get the momentum, you can think of maybe adding other things or making the goal bigger. 

Does that make sense? 
Have you heard this advice before?
Do you have any new goals for 2022? 
Do you have any new goals for the first Quarter of 2022? 

I have some cool ideas for my Fitbit Champion class that I was able to develop over the New Year’s break while I was in Cleveland OHIO.  I get the best ideas while I am running and so I was able to run on my in-law’s treadmill and think and dream. 

Now, I will be the first to tell you I don’t really like the treadmill.  But, there was something about it this year, where I was able to do it for about an hour or so twice!! And I didn’t mind it.  I think that is growth right there.  It was different than running outside.  But I embraced it.  I did it.  And I celebrate that small win!

I am the type of person who can now enjoy treadmill running if I ever choose to do it again. 

Happy Monday!

Good luck with your new Year’s goals and dreams and aspirations. 

Let me know what you are up to in 2022! Or just respond to say “Hi!”
It would be good to hear from my Matt’s Motivational Members.  
I enjoy interacting with you.   

Have a good one,

From Coach Matt

1) I believe in myself.
2) I am a wonderful person.
3) My confidence and self-esteem are high.
4) I know my worth.
5) I love who I am.
6) I am strong.
7) I am capable of overcoming anything.
8) No challenge is too great for me.
9) My life is abundant and fulfilling.
10) I am committed to my personal growth.

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As a man thinketh in his heart, so is He.


 “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is He.” Proverbs 23:7


Happy New Year Matt’s Motivational Monday members!  How are you today?

Do you want to change your life?
Do you want to be a healthier you?
Do you want to be the best version of yourself?

It all starts with your mindset.

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.

If you change the way you think, you can change your life. 

You become what you think about most.

So be careful and choose wisely the thoughts you have.

Watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Watch your words, for they become your actions.
Watch your actions, for they become your habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.  

Plan to get your daily movement in. 
Fuel your body with healthy foods.
Feed your mind with motivational videos, audio, podcasts or books.
Get enough sleep.
Drink plenty of water.

This life can be whatever you want it to be.

And it all starts with your mindset.

Nothing changes, if nothing changes.

What are you going to do with your one and only precious life? 

You get 86,400 seconds in a day.
It only takes one second to decide if you want to focus on your goals and go after it.

Happy Monday!
Happy New Year!

From Coach Matt

1) I take actions on my goals and dreams
2) I love myself.
3) I exist and I am enough.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”


Welcome to your last email of 2021 and what a year it has been! WHEW!

I like this quote above because growing up I got some subtle messages such as,
“don’t take up too much space” and “don’t put your needs on other people.”

I am slowly and continually healing from these messages.

I like this quote today because it encourages me to continue to share my light and to believe that I can be great. 

I hope that in 2022 you can find some hope. 

I hope that in 2022 you can find community. 

I hope that in 2022 you can make new friends and strengthen your support network. 

In 2022, I hope that you can find love and that you can love yourself. 

Because in the end, it’s all about love. 


I love those around me and I love myself.
2) I happily give and receive love each day.
3) Each day I am so grateful for how loved I am and how much people care about me.

Happy New Year to all you amazing people! 

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From Coach Matt

TGIM & Merry Christmas!



“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hills

“Christmas is a good time to take stock of our blessings.” — Pat Boone

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” –  Andy Rooney


The holidays are the best time of year to reach out to our loved ones with greetings and warm wishes. This Christmas season, I’m thinking of you and wishing you a fresh New Year for beautiful dreams and hopeful goals.

I am full of peace and gratitude for this past year.  It sure did not go as planned.  But, I got to spend more time with my family and find truly special moments with my kids and my wife.  

As a whole, the year 2021 had some great highs, and some low lows.  It has some really cool moments and plenty of failures and not very comfortable moments. 

Thanks so much for being part of Matt’s Motivational Monday. 

I appreciate you reading this email and spreading the joy. 

Feel free to share the good news this Christmas and throughout the year about Jesus and about how the God of the universe loves you and has a plan for your life.  Feel free to tell your friends, family, co-workers about my website, and my email list. 

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy your time with your friends and family this holiday season (if you are gathering with them) 


1) I allow the joy of this season to fill my heart and propel me into a prosperous new year!
2) When I make Christmas about sharing rather than getting, I always feel better.
3) Today I feel the joy of the season. Today I feel the peace of the season. Today I feel the love of the season.

God Bless and Merry Christmas!

From Coach Matt

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March to the beat of your own drum

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “March to the beat of your own drum.”

A lot of people don’t get it.  
They wonder why I wake up so early.
They wonder why I run so much or work out so much.  

I just like working on myself.
I just like to win the morning so I can win the day.
I just like to run.
I just like the quiet stillness of the morning.

“Your playing small does not serve the world.  Who are you not to be great?” ~ Nelson Mandela   

I think that if there is anything in your life that you think you were meant to do, any dream or goal you have for your life and you are not going after it, and you are not making small steps towards it, then every day you don’t do that, you are selling yourself short. 
Don’t play small. 

I mean if you have a purpose in this life, if your heart is beating then go out and do that thing.  Listen, life is short and goes by way too fast to be wasting on just existing or just getting through the day. 
Don’t play small.  You have greatness within you. 
Maybe someone is watching you and waiting for you to do that thing so that they can go do that thing or they can do their own thing. 

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
~ Wayne Dyer

I pray that you win the day.  That is my greatest wish!

From Coach Matt

1) Success is internal. Not external.
2) Pursuit is everything. Enjoy the journey.
3) We need not so much more answers, but rather, more imagination.

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Stop Worrying. Start Living.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Stop worrying and start living” ~ Dale Carnegie.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I was listening to this youtube video the other day and it has some great stuff to say.  It’s kind of long, but even listening to the first couple of minutes is really good. 

The video is here:
START WITH GOD | 1 Hour Powerful Motivation – Inspirational & Motivational Video

Some of the things the video says in the first 10-15 minutes are things like this:

Worrying proves that you don’t believe God can take care of you.  
Worry is faith in fear.  
Worry is a polluted stream that flows through your brain draining hope and optimism.  
Worry is believing in your own personal defeat and despair.  

Even the Bible has something to say about this.  

Matthew 6:25-34 NIV “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Fear not.  

Believe in the power of your dreams.
Believe in yourself.
Believe that you are making the right choices.
Believe that things are going to work out for you. 
Believe that you are doing your best.
Believe in God.  Trust that He has the best in mind for you. 

Let’s stop worrying and start living.

From Coach Matt

1) I will stop worrying and start living.
2) I am my own unique self: special, creative, and wonderful.
3) My potential is unlimited.
4) I am capable, competent, and in the perfect place.
5) I am centered and focused. I feel more secure each day.

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Changing the world one person at a time..aka helping Juan call a cab


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “With one kind gesture you can change a life.  One person at a time you can change the world.  One day at a time we can change everything.”  ~ Steve Maraboli


How do you change the world?  
You do it, one person, at a time.  

How do you have a big impact? 
You do it, one person, at a time.

How can you make a big difference to someone?
You do it, one person, at a time.  

At 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning I had the chance to help one person out.  

I went to bed on Friday night thinking that it was going to be cold and rainy out in the morning.  I said to my wife, “I don’t know if I am going to go running in the morning.”  She said, “That doesn’t sound like you.”  I said, “Well I might just do a Peloton ride on the bike.”  And she said,” Well when are you going to be done?” I replied with, “About 7:00 a.m. and she replied with “Well that bike is louder than you think can you start at around 6:30 a.m. when the kids get up?” I replied with, “Yes. I will be done around 7:30 a.m.”  

When I woke up around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning I heard a voice that said “Go for a run.” I could only assume it was the voice of God and I said OK but let me sleep until like 4:00 a.m. and then get up and go.  Again the voice I heard was “Go on a run.” I was like OK I get.  I will go on a run. 

I got up and I took a peek at the weather and it saw it was only going to be slightly sprinkling.  I thought to myself,  “Well maybe I am going to run to beat the rain.”   

I listened to and downloaded some music I thought would be good for the run.  I listened to some songs and was ready to go and out the door at about 4:45 a.m.  This is not unusual for me.  I planned to do maybe 12 miles.  I said I will do two loops of 6 miles and placed my banana and water on top of my car in my driveway. 

I ran toward the Domain which is a normal route for me.  As I was running I went down Altera Parkway.  I saw a guy in a gray hooded sweatshirt walking along the sidewalk and my first thought was to try to avoid him.  I was running with my music and my headphones on but this guy flagged me down.  

He said something like, “I am trying to get a ride home but my phone died and I can’t call anyone.”  And I was like OK.  “He was like can you get me an Uber?”  And I said, “No I don’t have the Uber app on my iPhone and I can’t download it right now.”  

We proceed to talk.  I introduced myself and his name was Juan.  He needed to get to South Austin.  He said he was out drinking last night and then either blacked out from drinking too much or got jumped.  He did have a bruise on his forehead above his left eye.  

I called 311 which sent me to 411.  The 411 call got dropped.  I dialed 411 and when I asked for TAXI service – they rattled off – two different TAX preperation services.  LOL.  And that was not what I needed.  I talked to a live human who directed me to a TAXI service.  

When I called it went to voicemail but the voicemail was not set up.  I tried again thinking something was off, but still got the same thing.  

So I called 411 again and got through to a live person, after trying TAXI services again and getting two of the same, TAX preparation services.  I asked the live person for a different TAXI service and that went through.  I talked to a person and told them my location and address.  They said they would call me when they were sending a driver.  

All this took about 15 minutes.  After we got the TAXI service to send a TAXI to our location in the DOMAIN I told Juan that I would check on him in 30 minutes.  

At this point I am thinking to myself, I guess that was why God woke me up at 3:30 a.m. and told me to go on a run,  It was His divine plan to have me run into this guy to get him a TAXI service.  I smiled inside.  

I ran another 15 minutes and turned around and was thinking I should tell this guy Juan about how God loves him or something like that.  You know share the whole gospel with him.  But by the time I got back all I could get out was, “You know I heard a voice that said I should go running this morning and I think it was to go run so you could get a ride.”  

He replied with, “Yes you know not many people would stop and you were the first person I saw out here this morning.  And that was nice.  Not many people are that nice.”  We chatted for a minute or two more about if the taxi service was going to show up.  

He asked me if the runner’s high was a thing.  I said it was and started to explain something about exercise but right at about 6:00 a.m. the taxi service called to say they were here.  

We motioned to where we were.  He said thanks.  I said God Bless you and we went on our merry way.  

This felt like a good deed.  It felt like God was just using me on a run.  I was a little annoyed at this person interrupting my normal running routine at first.  But, in the end, I was really not that mad at all.  How could I be?  What if the same thing had happened to me?  Would I not want the same kindness in return?   

I was the right guy for the job.  

And so maybe my one act of kindness could just change the world.  It sure made a difference for Juan.  And maybe just maybe we can change the world, if we do it, one person at at time. 

~ Happy Monday ~ 

From Coach Matt 


1) One act of kindness can change someone’s life.
2) I believe that God has a plan for my life.
3) If we listen to the voice of God, he will direct our paths.  

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The winner is…………


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P.P.P.S – I did finish my run on Saturday morning with a total of 10 miles that morning….in case you were wondering. 

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Happy Monday!

 I have a special contest I wanted to let you know about. 

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Gratitude and thankfulness



“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~ Melody Beattie


The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up soon.  

Here is a short article about the benefits of gratitude.  Gratitude really can change your life.  It is an easy practice that anyone can do.  You can do it anywhere.  You can do it in any situation, and November is the perfect time to do it.  We are about 11 days before the actual Thanksgiving day holiday.  

I have been doing a gratitude challenge on Facebook where I post three things a day I am thankful for almost every day.  It’s fun to share the gratitude with each other. 

What are you thankful for today?  

Another question or way to put it is, what if you woke up tomorrow with the only things you were grateful for today?  

The three things I am grateful for today are:

1) I am thankful and full of gratitude for the gift of today.
2) I am thankful and full of gratitude for the gift of my home.
3) I am thankful and full of gratitude for the gift of my wife’s companionship.  

Here is a gratitude meditation full of gratitude quotes that I listen to often.  In fact, it’s where I got today’s quote. 

Try it.  Reply and let me know what you are thankful for today.  

It just might change your outlook for the rest of the day.
It just might change the course of your life.  
It just might change your heart. 

Melody Beattie also said, “It’s so easy to look around and notice what’s wrong. It takes practice to see what’s right.”

TGIM! Happy Monday!

From Coach Matt


1) I find deep pleasure in the human existence.
2) I am grateful for each day, but leave each day behind so I can welcome new ones with open arms.
3) I find thankfulness is the little things in life.

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