Last blog post of 2020! Happy New Year!


“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 blog post of 2020 for Matt’s Motivational Monday 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 2021 you can find some hope.  I hope that in 2021 you can find community.  I hope that in 2021 you can make new friends and strengthen your own support network.  In 2021, 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

Merry Christmas from Matt’s Motivational Monday



“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, the traffic was really light, and I did a whole lot of my Christmas shopping online. 

I actually wrote out some goals for 2020 and I just went back and crossed several off the list.  Cool huh? 

As a whole, the year 2020 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 or blog and spreading the joy. 

So 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.  And 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) 

Dale Carnegie was once quoted as saying “Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today.”


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.

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God Bless and Merry Christmas!

From Coach Matt

Your playing small does not serve the world.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “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.  You have greatness within you.  You are amazing. 
If you have a goal or a vision, go do it.  Do something about it today right now.  Because maybe you are the person that needs to get that thing done.
Don’t play small.  You have greatness within you.  You are amazing!
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.  You are AH MAZE ING!
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. 
Don’t play small.  You have greatness within you. 
Over the past three years, I have been doing Camp Gladiator and Camp Gladiator has some free codes to get camp for free for the month of January.  But you can start now if you want.  I have free codes.  Let me know if you would like one to try out a great workout for free with great trainers and to make some new friends.  Camp Gladiator has helped me get into the best shape of my life. 

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

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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God Bless,

From Coach Matt

Never underestimate the heart of a champion.



“Never underestimate the heart of a champion.”  ~ Rudy Tomjanovich.  


Never under estimate the power that one individual can have!

My friend and running buddy Eric Calder trained for a full marathon in 2020 but his April goal race got cancelled. So he said he still wanted to run. He organized and led the effort for a local neighborhood run named “The Done with 2020 run”. It was a 6.5 mile loop around the Balcones Woods neighborhood in Northwest Austin. You ran the loop twice for a half marathon and four times for a full marathon.

I ran the half marathon (13.1) mile version of this. And about 20 other people ran this as well. There were 3 full marathon runners.

It was a very chill and well done event. But so much fun! My wife Christy and our kids (Anna and Emily) came out as well as my mom to see me.  It felt just like an easy going run through the neighborhood. The temperature was great. It was about 40 degrees at the start.

It was so cool! The route was agreed on before hand from a Strava map and we all ran that. The turns were nicely labelled with short arrows in the ground. (a nice touch for sure!)

 The first three miles I was running mostly by myself until I missed a turn ha! I circled back and found a fun group of about 8 people all running a good 10 minute mile pace. I knew a couple of them and talked to them for a while and met some new people! Then I sped up and eventually caught B Mo and C Mo.

I came to find out that C Mo has just started running during the pandemic to deal with it all. And eventually found some people who were going to run this run and got a 7 week half marathon plan. She finished with flying colors at about the same time I did.

At the half way point (6.5 miles) I saw my beautiful, loving and supportive family. That was a great treat to have them there and I looked forward to seeing them. Thanks for coming out to see me and support my run! I took some pictures and talked to them for a minute and then headed back for my 2nd loop. They brought out race signs and everything!

B Mo went by his house and picked up his girls (4th grade and 1st grade) and they rode their bikes with him the rest of the run. I eventually caught back up to C Mo and B Mo at about mile 11 or so and ran the last 2 miles together!

It was a great event that had two water/food stations. How cool is that ? I grabbed a banana and some water at them.


Turns out Eric Calder absolutely killed the marathon 26.2 miles in under 4 hours (3:52:23 on Strava)!! That is a truly incredible super great effort for his first marathon attempt. His running partner Jason Buhro had a marathon PR as well.

I hit my goal time by running 10:00 minute miles!!

That just goes to show you how cool of a running group this truly is.

So never give up on your goals and keep on running 🙂 

Happy Monday!
From Coach Matt

1) When I plan my goals and reach them I can celebrate them.
2) A goal is a dream with a deadline.
3) I have amazing potential with in me.