Silence is the language of God…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. ~ Rumi

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It’s Thanksgiving week.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s continue our practice of gratitude by naming three things you are thankful for.  Mine are below: 

1) I am thankful for being alive.
2) I am thankful for nature and it’s healing power.
3) I am thankful for my family and friends who I will be spending time with this week as part of our Thanksgiving celebration. 

I am thankful and grateful you are part of Matt’s Motivational Monday!

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I will listen to the silence and learn from what it teaches me.
2) I will look forward to what God is doing in my life.
3) My body and mind are a temple of the Holy Spirit and I will treat them that way.  
 

Peace be with you.

From Matt

Gratitude again (really?)

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 


“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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Matt, you have mentioned gratitude for the past three TGIM posts.
Isn’t that enough?  

It might or not be.  I am not sure.

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 10 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.  My mom is also emailing me three things she is grateful for.  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.”

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

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.

TGIM! Happy Monday!

From Coach Matt

Birthday week + keep the gratitude…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I am the kind of guy who likes celebrations.  I am the kind of guy who likes to celebrate my birthday.  So in case you didn’t know this Wednesday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day is my birthday. 

I plan to go to Camp Gladiator from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and then I have a birthday run scheduled at 7:00 a.m. for 5 miles.  I anticipate that it will be a good day.

What kind of things do you like to do to celebrate your birthday?


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And since it’s still November let’s continue with the gratitude. 

What are three things you are thankful for today?

Some of mine are listed below:


Playing ping pong with my sister Jenny, Eric, and Ashley.
Laughter with my family.
Watching Emily and Anna do gymnastics.
I am thankful for walks in nature.
I am thankful for a good night of sleep.
I am thankful and full of gratitude for running water at my house.
I am thankful and full of gratitude for Bethany United Methodist Church.
I am thankful and full of gratitude for our calm and quiet neighborhood.

Let’s have a great Monday.  TGIM! 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I accept my wonderful and beautiful self. 
2) I love myself unconditionally. 
3) The love I have for myself exudes out to others. 


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Gratitude!

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.”

~ Richelle E. Goodrich
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I have always had a slight fascination with smiley faces.  And so this quote made me smile inside.  I might have even chuckled out loud when I read it. 

November has always been a special month for me.  My birthday is in November.  Thanksgiving is in November.  And it looks like the weather is finally getting cooler here in Austin, Texas, which is a general plus as far as I am concerned. 

November signifies we have two months left in the year.  And what a CRAZY year this has been. 

November also signifies a focus on gratitude.   In the past, it has been beneficial, fun, and meaningful to focus on gratitude for most of the month. 

What are you grateful for today?
What is on your gratitude list? 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) Gratitude grounds me to the present moment.
2) Gratitude reminds me of all of my blessings.
3) I joyfully embrace each new day with gratitude. 

Do you love your body?

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:


“Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.” — Ashley Graham

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Do you love your body?

 If our thoughts are powerful enough to affect everything we do, then how do we think about our bodies?   Do we give them enough love? Do we give them enough rest? And finally do we give them enough healthy foods, water, exercise and fresh air?  

I think if you do you will find that your body can be a pleasant place to live.  Happy Monday!

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1. I love my body, just the way it is.
2. My body is the perfect size, shape and weight.
3. I give my body what it wants.
4. My body is healthy, strong, and radiant.
5. I treat my body like royalty.

Don’t be normal…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”  ~ Maya Angelou


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This quote simply reminds me to be myself.  I am unique and so are you.  Everyone else is already taken so you might as well be you, because you are amazing.  If you tell yourself you are amazing you will be amazing.  God does not create junk.  He created you with special talents and abilities that no one else has.  Go celebrate the gift of today and go out into the world and be your amazing self. 

Does anyone have any more thoughts on this quote?


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) My life is a gift. I will use this gift with confidence, joy and exuberance.

2) I approve of myself. I love myself deeply and fully.

Motivation is what gets you started….



Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 


Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going. ~ Jim Ryun

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let’s face it, I am not always motivated to workout, to write this blog, or to do what I need to do with my life.  But somewhere along the way, I developed some discipline. 

I am disciplined in my workouts in that I go to workout even if I don’t totally feel like it.  I usually end up feeling better even if the workout was super hard.  It helps me feel accomplished for the day. 

I am disciplined enough to send you this blog every Monday.  I thank God for this brand new day and this brand new Monday.  I thank you for this opportunity to share this with you today. 

One of my friends says, “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” 

I hope on this beautiful Monday you have some good habits in place to get you through the day.  I hope this Monday you have some good habits in place that will help you feel good about yourself and your life. 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:

1) Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.  
2) I am disciplined and motivated today.
3) I have healthy habits that guide my life. 


Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.  ~Pablo Picasso 


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: One of my gifts is the gift of encouragement.  I can generally encourage people pretty easily and in a way that they specifically need it.  I try to generally do this every time I send out an e-mail.  And it is my hope that you are encouraged when you read this every Monday.  If you need some additional encouragement send me an email. 

Do you know what your gifting is?  Do you try and give it away?  Let me know your thoughts on this quote or any of the others I send out. 


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) Every day I expand and share my special talents with others.
2) I acknowledge my strengths and use these daily to my best ability.
3) I am incredibly grateful for all my talents and abilities.

A walk in nature…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

“A walk in nature, walks the soul back home.”

~ Mary Davis


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: On Saturday, my friends and I and our children went on a 2 hour hike.  Oh my gosh, that was so good for my soul.  The trail was a pretty cool trail that I had not been to before.  It has some nice views but there is something about being surrounded by trees and just walking in the nature that was healing and grounding.  The distance we traveled was not that important although we did go about 3.5 miles.  It was a great low-impact exercise.  I got to talk to my friends and the kids loved it as well.  They joyfully ran ahead most of the entire hike.  They wanted to be the leaders. 

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything that was good for your soul?  Reply back and share it with me. 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) A hike in the woods heals my soul.
2) Walking is a great form of exercise.
3) Nature is a great healer. 

Your beliefs…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.

~ Mahatma Gandi

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Count your blessings today.  Be kind to yourself and others.

Smile and show the world what you got today!

Every day you get a brand new 86,400 seconds to live. 
Let’s do this thing called Monday! Turn up the awesome in your life and let’s have a great week!

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I become what I think about the most.
2) I feed my mind with positive thoughts.
3) I pay attention and dwell on things that matter.