As some of you might know I am an introvert. And as an INFJ, I need lots of alone time to recharge. I like setting goals and I like to continually work on myself. Going back to say 3 years ago I had an idea of Matt’s Motivational Monday blog. I had an idea that every Monday I would post some inspirational, motivational, helpful information, quotes and ideas. And along the way that has turned into this email list and this blog and a Facebook group. And it has turned into me having an outlet to share my ideas and share my life in this format.
Change takes a long time. It does not take 21 days to break a habit. It takes more like 66 days to 90 days to really make it stick.
My friend Tim Kaderli put it like this: The only real limits on what you can do or be or have are the limits you accept in your own mind. You should know that YOU have within you, right now, all the talents and ability you could ever want or need to achieve any goal or dream you can set for yourself. The only question you have to is “how badly do I want it?” If you want anything badly enough and you’re willing to persist long enough nothing can stop you from achieving it. Determine what want and then take action.
AFFIRMATION OF THE DAY:
1) My life is an adventure worth living. 2) I am willing to try new things out of my comfort zone. 3) Amazing things can happen for me if and when I put my heart and soul into my dreams.
With thanksgiving and gratitude to each and everyone of you,
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I really like
Mondays. Monday is a fresh start to the week. Monday is another chance
to get the week right. I just like the feel of starting over on
Monday. It’s like a restart of your focus, of your goals, and of your
everything. After Saturday and Sunday off you get to go at it again.
That two days off helps Monday feel fresh and new again. You don’t need
a new year’s resolution to set a new goal. All you need is a Monday.
I hope you have a really great Monday and you can knock out some great
work at your job this week. I hope that in your relationship goals with
your friends and family and significant other you can find more love
more understanding and hope.
Happy Monday and TGIM!
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:
1) My Monday begins with gratitude and joy.
2) I choose to have an awesome week.
3) Each new day brings new possibilities, experiences and opportunities.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let’s live this day as if everything was a miracle. The human body is a miracle. The way our eyes see color is a miracle. The fact that we have life and exist today is a miracle. The sounds we hear with our ears are a miracle and the delicious food we can taste with our mouths is a miracle. Every breath is a miracle. A hug is a miracle. Human touch is a miracle. I could go on but you get the idea right?
Here is a video I watched this week that inspired me:
1) Born Different- Lindsay was born without limbs, but that’s not stopped her becoming a weightlifter
SONG LYRICS OF THE DAY (The lyrics below don’t come in until about 2:45 into the song)
Every day’s a gift just take it as it comes. Embrace it through the mist Whether rain or sun. Every day’s a gift You got air up in your lungs. Be grateful rain or sun Every day’s a gift just take it as it comes. Embrace it through the mist Whether rain or sun. Every day’s a gift You got air up in your lungs. Be grateful rain or sun.
So, on this amazing Monday, on this cherished gift of a Monday, let’s be kind to others. Let’s see the miracles all around us every day. I know life is a mix of good and bad and sometimes ugly. Let’s choose to see the good in life. And acknowledge the other stuff too. Today is another amazing opportunity to change someone else’s life. Today is a great day to lead others into the life you want to live by example. Life is so short. Let’s find time to meditate, to exercise, to take care of ourselves and our bodies and keep sharing the love to other people. Let’s be the way-showers and the love-givers in this world. Monday let’s do this day with joy!
AFFIRMATION OF THE DAY:
1) I am open to miracles in my life 2) I am open to love 3) I am open to transformation
QUOTE OF THE DAY: The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream. ~ Les Brown
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I was creating this audio message here and this quote came to mind. I think it was because I am thinking about launching a fun and new exciting idea.
If you died today, what dreams, what ideas, what gifts, what talents, what voice, what stories would die with you?
If you have a dream, don’t give up! Don’t settle for life as it is! You can live your dream. You can do that thing. You are unique and you are an amazing creation. Go for what is yours in the universe.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
~ Steve Jobs
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurman
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:
1) Every moment of my life is amazing.
2) Absolute determination and motivation will help me reach my goals.
3) Today is the best day of my life.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Decide today that you will eat only food that loves you. You know better than anyone else what is best for you. ~ Louise Hay and Robert Holden from a book called Life Loves You.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I stumbled across this book a while ago and got a discounted audiobook version of it. I mostly listen to it when I can’t sleep at night. It’s an interesting book. It also comes with some affirmation cards which you know I am a BIG FAN of.
Speaking of nutritious food, I wanted to post my current smoothie recipe for you. I call it Matt’s Motivational Monday Power Smoothie!
The ingredients are the following:
1) A small chunk of cucumber
2) Half of an avocado
3) A small scoop of peanut butter
4) One scoop of PURE Greens
5) One dose of PURE multivitamin
6) One scoop of protein powder
7) One scoop of dark chocolate cacao powder
8) About 3 or 4 slices of frozen banana
9) A handful of frozen blueberries
10) Fill the rest with chocolate almond milk
PURE Greens and PURE multivitamins available for purchase from me! Comment below if you are interested….
I drink this smoothie every morning to kick start my day with a good nutritional kick of awesomeness!
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:
1) I enjoy the foods that are best for my body. I love every cell of my body.
2) Water is my favorite beverage. I drink lots of water to cleanse my body and mind.
3) I am grateful to be alive today. It is my joy and pleasure to live another wonderful day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: To intentionally pass on opportunity is to intentionally pass on living.
~ Craig D. Lounsbrough
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Wow. That quote really hit me in the gut. I was like wow. It goes along the same lines as don’t give up! If there is something that you feel you were put on this earth to do, go for it. Do it now. Don’t waste any more of your precious life and your precious time on this earth. Give yourself to that experience. Every day is a precious gift. This awesome and amazing moment right here followed by this awesome and amazing moment. It’s all a gift from God. Be blessed. Be awesome. Just Be. Just be yourself and don’t apologize for it.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: The thing about meditation is you become more and more you.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I have learned a lot about myself through meditation. I use a lot of guided meditations in the morning when I first wake up. I typically will wake up, drink some water, go to the bathroom, and then throw on my headphones for a guided meditation. There is a definite calming effect from this practice. There is definitely a way that things that you listen to over and over have a way of seeping into your subconscious. I will often repeat to myself some of the things that I listen to in the morning throughout the day.
I would highly recommend insight timer. It has literally thousands and thousands of different meditations to chose from and I love that about that app.
Now I am not an expert on meditation in any way shape or form, but I do enjoy guided meditation. Other forms of mediation which I don’t practice as often, but have done in the past is simply just sitting quietly and listening to your breath. If you just try that you might learn a lot about yourself and your life. Start with 5 minutes of just being with yourself and in your body and listening to your precious breath.
In addition, I think running for me can be a meditative practice as well. When I run my mind works out a lot of problems and has new ideas and goes to a really interesting and creative place.
What lessons or things about yourself have you learned lately? What experience have you had with meditation? Have you ever tried meditation? What kind of questions do you have about it?
This week may you be well, may you be healthy and may you be centered and feel alive more with every breath. May you cherish the gift of today. May you learn more about yourself through meditation. May you love yourself and love others. Happy Monday and let’s have a great week!
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:
1) Meditation improves my health and well-being
2) I will release all stress and tension when I meditate
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Imagine if you improved one thing in your life for the next year by 1% a day. What if you just took one little step towards that goal every day? Consistent hard work over time equals improvement. It equals amazing. It equals a better you. It equals better nutrition, better mental health, or a better relationship. Or whatever else that goal is.
That is exactly what I have done with Matt’s Motivational Monday email list and website and now facebook page. It is consistently taking the time to do what you are passionate about and continue to keep doing it time and time and time again. Eventually, you will see the results you are looking for.
I recently did the lifetime indoor triathlon where you have 10 minutes to swim as many laps as you can, and then 30 minutes to bike as far as you can and then 20 minutes to run as far as you can. The last time I did that race I swam 15 laps in the pool. This year I did 17 laps in the pool. That was improvement. I would dare say that is a little more than 1% improvement. Maybe it’s not 37 times improvement either. It is somewhere in the middle, but then again I did not work for an entire year at the swimming. But you get the idea right?
This week may you improve 1% in your steps taken, in your miles walking, in your healthy eating, in your meditation, in your journaling efforts, in your exercise, in your dreaming or in whatever area of life you want to improve.
Never give up.
Follow the path that is in front of you.
Keep trying. Keep improving a little each day.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today’s message is going to revolve around laughter. On Friday night my wife and I went to see Tim Hawkins who is a hilarious comedian. You can check out his stuff on youtube here or his website here. Please do for a good laugh. He also has a podcast which I listen to on my way home from work in the car. I find I laugh when I do that and arrive in a better mood when I pick up the kids and head home. That link is here for his podcast called Poddy Break.
Laughter is so good for the soul. We laughed so much and for so long and it was so good for the mind and body and soul.
In short, according to the Mayo clinic laughter can stimulate organs and increase endorphins, sooth tension, improve your immune system and improve your mood, and increase personal satisfaction. The whole article is here:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Even small waves make it to shore. Use the potential you have through intention and action and enjoy your journey. ~ Tony Curl THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I am going to take this quote a little at a time. To me the first part of the quote, even small waves make it to shore, symbolizes that your small everyday efforts matter. Your small habits matter. Sometimes choosing a big goal like losing 50 pounds is overwhelming. But when you break it down into monthly goals and then weekly goals and then daily goals then big dreams and big goals can seem more doable and less scary.
The second part of the quote, use the potential you have through intention and action and enjoy your journey, to me is also about habits and intention and action. So it kind of ties back to the first part. If you have a goal in mind to overcome your fear of say public speaking, then the first step might be to go to a Toastmaster meeting. Once you go to a meeting or two or three or twenty then you can work on giving your first speech. After you give your first speech and get comfortable being uncomfortable then you experience growth, and give your second speech and third and so on and then you are less scared of public speaking. That’s what I did for example with my fear of public speaking. And then additionally enjoy the journey to your goals. Enjoy the journey. We are all on a journey. Let’ have fun with it.
I have also been listening to this video series https://kylecease.com/love/ – It’s a pretty cool thing. Kyle Cease is funny and entertaining as he explains how life transformation can work. It’s only $20 for the entire 10-hour video series. It is pretty cool.
I also have been working with a life coach and that has been going well too.
So push back your fear. Do that thing that scares you. And have a great Monday making small gains on your weekly goals, daily or monthly goals.
Who is working on a daily goal? Or a weekly goal? Or a goal for January?
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:
I am fearless.
I am limitless. I am calm and mindful. I am compassionate with others and myself.