When you focus…


“When you focus on being the best person you can be, you draw the best possible life, love, and opportunities to you.”
~ Germany Kent

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I want to say that last week’s experiment of writing down the things that went right in my life was a success.  I had a lot of things that went “right.”  I had some other things that did not go as well, but I was able to use the term at least I still have “____” in my life.  I was able to reprogram my mind a little bit just for that week and say I improved on one aspect of my mental life. 

Here is your exercise tip of the day: 

Consistency is key when it comes to exercise. (Or any other habit for that matter)    

Consistency can make or break you.

You can choose to get your exercise in every day.
Or you can choose not to.

You are 100% responsible for your life right now.

Are you meeting your exercise goals?

It’s up to you. It’s in your hands. You can decide right now when you get this email or via this blog to change your goal by getting up and doing something about it. You don’t even have to wait another second. You can get up from your desk or work area or wherever you are and walk around right now.  You can move your body right now.  Try it.  How does that make you feel? 

You can set out your workout clothes the day before, so when you wake up in the morning you don’t have to think about it.  I have heard some people sleep in their workout clothes, but I have not done that. 

You can make this life into whatever you want it to be.

Reach for your goals. Reach for your dreams.

Step it up. Step it up right now.

You can do this.

Always cheering you on,

From Coach MATT


1) I am growing into the person that I want to be.
2) I am doing the things that the best version of me would be doing.
3) I am amazing and I love myself. 

Jigsaw Puzzle Motivation – Part 2


“There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.” ~ ~ Deepak Chopra

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This week I am continuing my jigsaw puzzle motivation.  Welcome to part two. 

1) In our family, almost every time we put in a piece to the puzzle we celebrate it.  I usually give or ask for a high five.

I love the idea of celebrating small wins in your life.  Whenever you go through a struggle or a challenge and you get to the other side, celebrate that.  When you work on a puzzle, every piece can be a bit challenging and so finding a piece is worth a small celebration.  I usually say out loud, I got a piece! 

How cool is it when you find that pieces of your life are coming together? 
Do you celebrate that?  When you have something cool happening in your life, do you share that? 

I find this small practice is very rewarding.  When you end your day with all of your wins, it feels more positive. 

2) In our family, the lighting in the living room is not that great.  At one point in the puzzle, we got out another small light to illuminate the puzzle. 

WOW!  How often do we need to shine our light in order to see the puzzle pieces in our life go together? I am often surprised at other’s perspectives on things.  I often find myself saying, “Wow I never thought of it that way.”  Or “That is an interesting way to look at it.” 

I think shining light on a dark place in your life, and sharing that with others ultimately brings healing.  In fact, a lot of the times when I run in the early mornings I title my runs, “Shine your light in the darkness.” 

3) Finally, to bring it all the pieces of the puzzle together you often need help.

I say this often.  If you need help with a certain area of your life, ask for it.  Seek medical help.  Seek a professional licensed counselor to talk through your issues.  Seek emotional help.  Seek physical health.  They all matter when it comes to your full puzzle of health and for the full puzzle of your life to make sense.   

That’s a wrap for today folks. 

Happy Monday!

Let’s be the light that shines in the darkness.
Let’s help others with their puzzle pieces in life. 
Let’s love ourselves and help others. 

From Coach Matt


1) The love I have for myself spills over into my love for others.
2) I am taking good care of my body today.
3) I treat my body with care and respect, knowing that it is the home of my soul.
4) Today I dare to be with me and all that I am.
5) I know I am making a positive difference in the world today.

Jigsaw puzzle motivation..



“Life is like a jigsaw puzzle, you have to see the whole picture, then put it together piece by piece!” ~Terry McMillan


I was sitting down this weekend to do a jigsaw puzzle with my family.  And on Sunday morning I came up with the following thoughts:

I thought of several analogies that go along with putting a jigsaw together.

1) Sometimes in a jigsaw puzzle we try and put the same piece into the same place where it does not fit over and over and over again.

How many times in life do we do this?  We keep trying to put the wrong piece of our life into place where it doesn’t fit.  Maybe you keep bumping up against the same wall in your life.  You keep trying but it doesn’t work.  Maybe we should try something different.  Maybe we need to keep trying until we find the missing piece and put in correctly and then we can move forward in our life.

2) Sometimes getting a different perspective when viewing the puzzle helps. 

I found that if I view the puzzle from the couch I was able to find a couple of different pieces.  Sometimes we need to stand back in our life and look at it a little differently.  Sometimes I was on the right side of the puzzle.  Sometimes I was on the left side of the puzzle.  In each case, I got a different perspective and that also helps us in life. 

How many times are we looking at life the same old way?  Maybe we need a new perspective from the right or left.  Maybe we need help with life from a friend or a professional or expert in a certain area of our life. 

3) It took teamwork to put the puzzle together.

Sometimes it takes teamwork to figure out your life.  Grab a friend for coffee or lunch or a run or whatever you like to do.  Figure out life together. 

4) You often need to keep referring to the big picture. 

How many times in life do we need that reminder?  I like a big picture view of life and to see what is going on.  I forget to look at life from the big picture.  Let’s try and do that this week. 

5) It took us about a whole week to finish that puzzle.  And it took everyone in our family to do so. 

How often in life does it take several weeks or many weeks for a new habit to stick?  You know what I am saying. 

So this week let’s tackle the puzzling situations in our life together. 

Let’s get a new perspective and just keep trying. 

Let’s keep going. 

Let’s keep trying. 

Are you with me? 

From Coach Matt


1) My life is a puzzle and I don’t have to figure it out all on my own.
2) I love my life and all the twists and turns it takes.
3) You never know what kind of day you might have, so enjoy every special moment you get. 

Happy New Year in 2021!


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” ~ Saint Irenaeus

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Welcome to the year 2021 and the first Matt’s Motivational Monday post of the year! 

This quote is one of my favorites and it rose to the surface as I was thinking about it this morning.   To sum up a book I highly recommend – Wild At Heart by John Eldridge, do what makes you come alive, because this world needs more of those type of people.  

This world needs your dream.  

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman  

Now is the time for it. Your circumstances will never be perfect.   If there is something you want to do, go do it. You never know when your last moment on this earth will be. The thing does not need to be perfect for you to try it. Try it and make a mistake. You will probably learn more from trying and making a mistake than from doing nothing.  

Rise up and take advantage of the new year’s energy. There are lots of things to do. Lots of programs out there to encourage you to do this or that.   Personally, I am doing a just run challenge inspired by Rogue Running. The challenge is simple: 

Run or walk 1 mile a day for every day in January.  

One of my friends also posted this:  

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.   You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.   So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself.   Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.   Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year. Don’t QUIT .” ~ Neil Gaiman  

Happy New Year!   And oh if you have not heard my new rap song check it out here:

The Fitbit Champions Song 2021

I coach a virtual Fitbit class for the City of Austin and this is a song a little about that. 

Happy Monday!
Let’s do this day with joy!
From Coach Matt

1) I will step into this new year with peace and love.
2) You’re already amazing…the one doing your thing, making your difference, being a glorious mess that God can use. 
3) I will fill each day with joy and laughter.