Your Monday morning thoughts…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.
~ Germany Kent

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let’s setup this morning for a great week. 

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

That’s a good thought right? 

Be thankful.
Be happy. 
Smile.

Walk forward with confidence into this brand new amazing day. 

Get your exercise in. 
Be bold.
Do hard things. 
Be nice. 

Thank God it’s Monday!  TGIM!

Let’s have a great week!

From Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I am my truest self and that is enough
2) My true self is inherently beautiful
3) I deeply accept my wonderful and unique self. 

Count your daily wins…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Count your wins! Celebrate the little victories!  


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

This first thought is paraphrased from a recent post from Rich Roll.

I’ve maintained a fairly positive attitude throughout this global pandemic. 
For good reason — I am very blessed and have a lot to be thankful for. 
But as of late, I find myself struggling.
With the community displaced by screens, my enthusiasm wanes.
Church services are online.  Zoom for Sunday school.  Zoom for my Camp Gladiator classes.  
Even as an introvert, I miss being with people.
I suspect you do as well.
Which brings us to a choice — descend into a darkness or rise to the occasion.
We can’t control the unlimited externalities.
But we can control our response.
So here is my reminder to myself:
Breathe.
Be gentle on yourself and others.
Move your body.
Eat healthy.
Rest.
Let go of expectations.
Accept what is.
Go inward.
Make a list of things to be grateful for.
And tell your loved ones how you feel.

Additionally, I recently watched a video message that asked us to count the wins in our life.  I don’t know if I have mentioned that on here or not.  Count your little victories.  It feels applicable.  Anything can be a win right?  I woke up and got a workout in. WIN!  I helped out people at work.  WIN!  I ate some healthy foods.  WIN.  

You get the idea right?   So this week let’s as always, be thankful and count our wins and celebrate our little victories!

Reply and let me know what some of your wins are this MONDAY or throughout the week. 

TGIM FANS!  Let’s do this!

From Coach Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) Every day I count my wins.
2) I celebrate my little victories.
3) I count my blessings. 

You Are a Rock Star!

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!! 


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is no one like you.  You are a rock star!  There is no one else who has the same unique fingerprints as you.  There is no one who can put thoughts and ideas together quite like you do.  Own your own uniqueness.  You are special.  The world needs your uniqueness.  You are amazing.  You are wonderfully made.  You are a rock star.  Follow your own internal wisdom and your own internal radar.  Live this day as if it were your last day.  Let’s rock this day.  Did I tell you, you are a rock star today?  Because if I did not then I meant to.  I tried to say it a couple of different ways. I hope you get the idea. 

Happy Monday! TGIM! 

With thanksgiving and gratitude,
From Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) God has my back
2) I radiate positive energy
3) I am a rock star


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

“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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Life is an adventure – go live it!

Find your purpose and run towards it with all that you have!  Attack the day with vigor and enthusiasm.  Tell yourself you are amazing and you can accomplish amazing things! 

You are a rock star!

Life can be an adventure if you believe in the beauty of your dreams.  Do not give up on those dreams that are inside of you and that you can not stop thinking about.  

Be grateful that you get to live another day.  Today is a great day to be alive.

Now go out there and go after what is yours in the universe.

Your playing small does not serve the world.  

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  
How are you going to show up in the world today?

Think of one small step you can take today to accomplish your goal or dream.  Go do that one thing today. We only get to live so many tomorrows.  The time will pass in the same way whether you are pursuing something amazing or not.  

Go live today’s adventure that is waiting for you and go become the person you were intended to be. 

Happy Monday!

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1. I am a unique child of this world.
2. I have as much brightness to offer the world as the next person.
3. I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters

You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Taking care of myself is important, not selfish and is actually a gift to my loved ones. Taking care of myself means I’ll have the energy and ability to love others better.  ~Shannon Long

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  I get up in the morning extra early before the family does and have some time for myself. 

I exercise to help me feel better and as an act of self-love.

I used to kind of think this idea was selfish.  Take care of yourself first?  Why would I do that when I have so many other demands and other people who need my attention and love?  I have work to do and I have a family to care for and give attention to.  How could I possibly justify more time to myself? 

Well, think about it.  You can’t pour from an empty cup.  If you don’t have anything left to give you, you really don’t have anything left to give.  I think especially as an introvert I need extra down time.  Extra time to myself to recharge.  I find that doing that daily fills my cup daily and hopefully I can find some extra time on the weekends to unwind a bit.  

I want to show up at work and with my family with love.  I want to show up with energy.  I want to show up with my best self.  Now some days of the week that is not easy because you are tired or something causes your day to be off.  But for the most part, I try to do this.  

What are some of your self-love practices?  Do you believe self-care is important?   

On this Monday be thankful for blessings and take time for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be a lot of time.  Just enough to fill your cup.  Happy Monday!

With thanksgiving and gratitude,

Matt Bryant

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1)
I make time to nourish my mind, body & soul.
2) I value myself
3) I am worthy of love & fill myself up with love first

Two Wolves

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second, then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

You have been given new life today. 
You have been given the gift of today. 
Every day that you are above ground is a good day. 

Which wolf will you feed today? 

Will you be kind to another human today?  Will you share something funny with someone else to try and help them laugh?  Will you share a story with another to help them have hope? 

This week may you feed the good wolf.  May you fill your life and soul with a couple of awesome and amazing things. 

Happy Monday!  Let’s make this a great week!


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:

1) “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive―to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” ―Marcus Aurelius
2) “Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it.” ―Mary Pickford
3) “This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.” ―Maya Angelou

4) “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ―Roald Dahl
5) “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laughter is the best medicine.

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Laughter is the best medicine.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Laughter is so good for the 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:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456

One of my friends says – don’t take yourself so seriously.
So enjoy some laughter in your day today.

May you fill your life with laughter and be able to laugh at yourself and your life.  May you feel the benefits of laughter too.

Matt’s Motivational Monday Members:

1) What are your favorite ways to laugh? 
2) What brings your laughter? 
3) Do you have any good knock, knock jokes to share?

I read everyone’s response so hit REPLY and let me know what is making you laugh lately.

From Coach Matt 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 1) Spontaneous laughter is the joyful soul’s pure delight.
2) It is natural for me to love and laugh
3) Every time I laugh or smile I create positive healing and energy

If you’re always trying to be normal…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
— MAYA ANGELOU

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You have probably been spending more time on the internet and Facebook lately right?  You might be  spending more time at home too.  Is that true for you? 

And quite honestly it is a mixed blessing.  I am spending more time with my wife and two children and that has been a good thing.  It is good to be with them for sure.  But it has also been hard to work all day in the same house and try and help my children with their homework.  

And then there are the zoom calls.  Need a laugh? Watch this 3 minute Zoom Call parody we can all relate to right now.  

Let’s face it.  Sometimes I think I’m a little crazy.  I enjoy waking up early in the morning, doing a little meditation and praying, and then going to work out.  I am a dreamer.  I am a creative type.  I enjoy doing half marathons and running and doing triathlons.  Actually, those are normal things for me to do.  But more than that I am a one of a kind masterpiece created by God all mighty. 

I am unique just like you are unique in your own way.  I am amazing just like you are in your own amazing way.  However, I have unique dreams and visions and goals that are not yours.  You are unique.  You are special and you are amazing. 

 When I think about this quote, it makes me wonder and think about how being myself is great.  God created me with unique fingerprints like no one else on this planet earth.  God shaped me and formed me to have a certain way of thinking and certain tendencies.  And I believe he created me to have a purpose. 

Don’t be normal.  Be uniquely you.  Be uniquely you and shine your unique light.  Be the light in the darkness this week. 

Strike up a conversation with a stranger.  Give some money to the poor.  Live outside your comfort zones.  Ask for things you think are silly.  Ask for help.  Be assertive.  Ask for things that you think are audacious.  Read a good book.  Feed your mind positive and motivational things.  Hire a coach to help you out.  Go to a therapist if you need that kind of help.  Be thankful.  Join a challenge.  Challenge your friends to do a race.  Call a friend.  Call your family.  Tell them you love them.  Life is short.  Don’t waste it.  I will end with another quote that I thought was good this week. 

 

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.”

― Sophia Bush

Finally, how are you doing? 

I am a real human being writing this to you and I know you are a real human being reading this right now.  
Reply and let me know about the following:

A) Are you doing well? Or are you struggling? 
B) Do you agree with today’s quote of the day? 
C) Or if you can’t think of anything else, just tell me what city or state you’re reading this from.

With gratitude, love, and thanksgiving,
From Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I am amazing.
2) I am unique.
3) I am loved.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — MARK TWAIN

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I thought I would give you some resources that I listen to that fuel my dreams and my goals. 

1) https://www.darrendaily.com/ – This guy has a video message every day of the week Monday through Friday that is sent straight to your email box.  He also has an apple podcast – which I prefer because I can download them and listen to them in the car. 

2) I listen to the Rich Roll podcast pretty frequently too.  He interviews guests in a long-form format.  The episodes are often about 2 hours or so.  Each week Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward-thinking, paradigm-busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality. Intimate, deep and often intense, these are not interviews. They are conversations.   They are a weekly aural dance designed to provoke, educate, inspire and empower you to discover, uncover, unlock and unleash your best, most authentic self.  

3) Fearless Motivation is another great resource I watch frequently.  They have a ton of videos to watch on the website and I am on their email list too. 

So there you have it.  Three more resources to add to your weekly list of things to subscribe to or listen to. 

Finally, I wanted to say one other thing.  Honestly, I am not always motivated to go work out or go do something I know I should.  I am human like the rest of you.  I have days where I wake up and I think I do not want to go work out. 

For instance, this past Saturday morning when I woke up it was 45 degrees and raining and I thought ugh, I do not want to go running this morning.  I would rather just sit here on the couch.  But I was meeting a friend for a run and I went anyway.   

Go anyway.  Do the thing anyway.  Face the fear anyway.  Give that speech anyway. 

And 90% of the time I feel better after I do it.  So face your fear or do your workout anyway.  That’s my tip of the week. 

What is one thing you will do this week that will stretch you out of your comfort zone?  Stayed tuned next week to hear what mine is. 

Happy Monday! TGIM!

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I believe in myself and my ability to succeed.
2) I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself.
3) My courage is stronger than my fear.

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Peace

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT)


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How are you doing today? 

I am doing mostly well considering the circumstances.  That is what I have been telling people lately.  Why might I be doing well today and another person is not? 

I can’t say for sure but one of the things that brings me peace is quiet time or meditation time.  To that end, you have heard me talk about the insight timer app that has 1000’s of meditations on it.  And I still recommend that.  (https://insighttimer.com/)


This week I want to offer up one more tool you might find helpful and I will share another meditation I recorded this week as well.

The first thing that has helped along with regular meditation and prayer and listening to God is this app by John Eldridge. 

https://www.pauseapp.com/

It is pretty cool.  It has a one minute, three minute, five minute and ten minute pause in it.  It is a simple practice of giving everything over to God and asking him for more of him in your life.  There is also time for further reflection and listening during this time. 

I also created a little meditation as well. This meditation is done to a track called Everything’s a Cycle from Spencer Brown’s Album – Stream of Consciousness.  It reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3 which I read in this meditation.  Enjoy.  

Matt’s Motivational Meditation 2

Other than that I have been staying active and exercising when and where I can.  I have watched some pretty funny youtube videos from the Holderness family.  OMG, they are super funny.  This one here is Emily’s latest favorite.  And it is pretty funny as well about it being one week since they canceled school and how they are coping with it.   

One Week – Barenaked Ladies Parody


Lastly, I wanted to comment on Philippians quote of the day.  I feel what it is saying is when you fix your thoughts on the positive, worthy, and honorable things, then the God of peace will be with you.  So try that this week. 

What are you thankful for today?

1) I am thankful for my hands that can write this message.
2) I am thankful for my life and the gift of today. 
3) I am thankful for friends and family.
4) I am thankful for ways of keeping touch via Facebook, texting, and emails. 
5) I am thankful for this time to slow down a little.
6) I am thankful for laughter. 
 

May your life be filled with peace, laughter and love this week. 

From Coach Matt


QUOTES ON PEACE  FOR THE DAY: 

1) Inner peace is like a clean and spacious room, empty of unnecessary, old, or broken stuff.  ~Remez Sasson
2) Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.  ~ Epictetus
3) The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside. ~Tenzin Palmo


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