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Your Calling

July 31, 2013

What happens when you start something? No really. Think about it for a second. What happens when you really go ahead and take the time out of your busy life and schedule to sit down and start working on your new project, business, calling, etc.

 

IStock_000013887628XSmallIf you are like me, then you find a few things that seem to always come up.

 

First, there is that little feeling inside that asks, “Can I really do this?”. Typically this is followed by the next question which is, “Why me?” or perhaps “Who am I to try to tell others about this? And, why would they listen to me?”

 

Now, I will be quick to tell you that over the years I personally have harnessed quite a bit of self confidence, sometimes almost to the point that it could become a fault, yet, even still I hear these questions in my own mind. And, I hear them all the time from friends, family, patients and clients that are seeking my guidance, and probably more importantly in this particular scenario, seeking someone to believe in them.

 

You have to realize that when you are about to sit down and start something, there will always be something that will try to attack your mind, and in the process attack your life. Call it the Devil, call it Murphy’s Law, or any other name that we can come up with, but the fact still remains, that it’s there. And, unfortunately it gives off the persona of power. This is the part that trips up most people. They just can’t get past the idea that there will always be things that are going to come up against anything that makes their life better. And, even more if it makes the lives of others better. The greater the impact, the bigger the challenge. It’s just a fact of life. Get used to it.

 

But, for those souls that dare listen to that burning voice inside that  tells them to step, this is the moment of do or die.


When you feel truly led to a cause, a belief, a challenge, an enterprise, etc. that you genuinely feel is the direction God is leading you in your life, then when you see the resistance against you start to mount up, it should not phase you. It should make you feel all the stronger in your mind that the journey you are about to embark upon is yours and yours alone. No one else can do it quite the way you can. If they could, it wouldn’t be your calling.

 

So, you take the first step, and to your great surprise you all of the sudden see a path starting to open in front of you. You can’t see far down the path, but you can see the next step and even at times the next couple of steps.

 

You think to yourself, “What is happening here? Just a little bit ago, I couldn’t see anything here, but now I see steps. Where are they coming from? And, more importantly, where do they lead?”

 

You go on a little further. Then further still. And, eventually, you start to understand that this is God. He put the idea in your head for this project or this enterprise because He wanted it done. Still, He is not the type to force you to do anything against your own will. It’s against His nature. So, when He finds someone that actually listens to what He has to say and starts walking in that faith, then He opens steps up as they go. That, is His nature. He opens doors that appear shut. He builds bridges where the waters look too deep. All this for the sake of blessing those who hear his purpose in their heart and go in the direction He steers them.

 

So again, what happens when you start something? Which forces do you listen to? Do you see the path begin to open for you? If so, then good, keep moving. If not, keep looking, and trust in the fact that God will never put a burning desire in your heart, a purpose, unless He is willing to walk with you through the fire that is bound to come.

The Day It All Changes

June 3, 2013

There are many different parts in the making of a champion life. We try to cover the major categories in life from which we believe everything else is a spinoff, whether it’s Physical, Mental, Social, Spiritual, or Financial. But, at times there are things that we like to cover that don’t necessarily fall into one of those categories, at least not a single one specifically. And, this is one of those:

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The Day It All Changes

Have you ever had a time in your life when you just finally reached the point where you said, “No More!”? Have you been pushed by people, circumstances or situations until you finally felt like you were in a corner?

Well good!

There is tremendous power in that day!

You see, when you get backed into a corner, you only have 2 options. The first is to lie down, feel sorry for yourself and just keep letting life hit you. Or, you can take option number 2, and pick yourself up, look whatever is putting you there in the eye and saying, “You know what, I’m not afraid of you anymore! If that has been the best that you could do to me so far, you are in trouble. I’m still here and I’m still breathing. Now, it’s time for you to take some shots from me!”

When you get pushed to that point where you are no longer afraid, but more “ticked off”(I was trying to figure out the nicest way to say that, this wasn’t my first choice), you inherently find the strength and abilities you have to change your situation.

Suddenly, you lift your head, you look up and ask God for some guidance, and then you fight back.

It’s from situations like this that people go on to change the world.

It’s from situations like this that people go on to become millionaires.

It’s from situations like this that we raise up a whole new generation of people that will dramatically change the landscape of the world we live in.

These situations are that powerful. And, they only come along so often in life. Don’t waste them.

Question:

Have you ever reached the end of your rope with your circumstances? What did you do to change them?

As I have mentioned mutliple times lately, I have really gotten into listening to a bunch of different podcasts as well as finding new blogs to check out, etc. And, yesterday as I was listening to Amy Porterfield’s podcast(find it here), I was introduced to a lady that I had been hearing some about through various other blogs and podcasts. This woman apparently has had a huge impact on many of the up and comers in the business world, so I was glad to finally hear her in an interview. Her name is Marie Forleo.

IStock_000016390963XSmallMarie has quite a resume behind her in that she has literally built an empire from scratch. And, the best part of this is that she has done it her way. She has been true to what she is all about and has had tremendous success as a result. She has been featured on Oprah. Richard Branson is a huge fan. Tony Robbins is a fan. And, on the list goes. She has written a book, done seminars, consulting and even has her own business online training program called BSchool. She also has what she calls Marie TV, which from what I have been able to tell so far is primarily a YouTube show in which she gives great advice on personal development, business, etc.

I checked out her site, watched a few videos, and I have to say I am impressed. Marie has a great energy about her and just seems to make useful information easy to learn and accept. So, I will definitely be checking out more of her content.

As much as I love coming across new sources of information and new people to listen to, read, etc., what makes me even more excited is when I have someone that I can relate to a little bit.

There’s no doubt that several of the other bloggers and podcasters that I have mentioned on this blog recently I can relate to, but this one seemed to have hit me a little different. I think that there are a couple of reasons for that.

1. Honestly she reminds me in alot of ways of Penny. Penny is also high energy and has a way of connecting with people that makes you just want to sit and listen to what she has to say. Also, both ladies backgrounds are similar in alot of ways. And, from what I can tell so far, they have very similar passions. So, with Penny and I getting this business up and running, it’s exciting to see someone is already successful doing some things that are similar to what we are wanting to accomplish.

2. The other reason that I was struck by this particular interview was that she mentioned a phrase she has coined as a “multipassionate entrepreneur”. She went on to explain that when she was trying to get her business going she kept listening to all the “experts” saying to find one thing you are passionate about and focus on it. She went on to say that it just didn’t work for her. She was passionate about too many different things. So she moreless went against the norm and branched out a bit more.

Penny and I both can totally relate to this. That has been one thing that I think made Designing A Champion a little hard to explain at first, because although there is one primary goal, which is helping people to become more and to bring back the human spirit that made this country great, we approach this from multitude of ways. We are too passionate about too many different things, all of which impact the spirit of a person, and in turn their life, to just focus on one area. We want people to learn to think well, be fit, be sociable, be spiritual, and be financially sound. All of these impact every other area of life in one way or the other, and they intertwine even among themselves. All of these are important, and all are places we want to help touch people’s lives.

Sometimes it pays to go against what the “experts” have to say. Sometimes, we have to be willing to be different from the average. The “average” lifestyle in America is killing us physically, but even more important, it’s killing the spirit of our country.

We need more people that aren’t willing to settle for the average life.

We just aren’t willing to be average. And, we are searching for others that don’t want to be average either.

Questions:

What are your passions? Are you pursuing those passions?

Make Time to Fish

May 5, 2013

Last weekend, I finally took the time to head out to the lake for a few hours. One of my very favorite things to do since childhood is to go fishing. Some of my favorite memories growing up were out by the tank(that’s a pond for those not from Texas) that sits on my grandparent’s land. My Papa(pronounced Paw Paw) used to take my brother and I out there fishing from the time we were just little kids. And, from there my love of fishing grew and has never stopped.

IStock_000001694007XSmallHowever, in the last few years, I have spent so much time on the run. It seems I always have some place to be or something to do, even to the point that I have had several years that I only mananged to fish once a year. And, that has finally come to an end.

As stated, I decided last weekend that I was going to put everything else on hold for a few hours and go do something that I deeply love. I didn’t even have much more than a nibble on the line, but that wasn’t the point. The point was just being there. It was taking a few hours out of my busy schedule, just to focus(or not focus) on something besides all the hustle and bustle in life.

It should come as no surprise that I believe very much in working hard, and of course, trying to do everything we can in life to grow ourselves. That is the primary purpose of Designing A Champion. To help people become all that they were created to be.

Still, often in the pursuit of such worthy goals, we can take our eyes off of the balance that has to happen in life. We can become so sidetracked by a busy schedule, by work, by goals, etc., that we don’t stop to realize that alot of the time a big part of growth comes by just taking the time to pause and enjoy where we are today.

I have seen many people that spend more time focused on always relaxing(Did you know the average American watches over 30 hours of TV a week?). And, then there are people that can be more prone to being a workaholic(I hate to admit, but I can be prone to this if I am not careful). Either extreme takes life down a road that is not only unhealthy, it’s also destructive.

Work is important. Money is important. Relationships(family or otherwise) are important, but it’s vital that we take make the time to enjoy where we are in life. Make the time to smell the flowers. Make the time to read the book. And, in my case, make the time to fish.

 

At Bible study last week, our Pastor was teaching on the law of sowing and reaping. In Mark 4, Jesus taught the parable of the farmer, and explained that we plant seeds in our life, and everything that we have, get, etc. comes from the seeds that we plant. The specific seed that Jesus was talking about in this parable was the Word of God, but for a believer, everything else in life springs from the Word.

IStock_000017548120XSmallBut, even if you are a non-believer, or just aren’t sure, this story still teaches us alot about human life and the way that we “come into things”. I can think of very few people that will state that we don’t reap what we sow. It’s just one of those basic laws of nature that is accepted as true.

So, just think about this: Can you imagine a farmer planting seeds, and then not expecting for something to come of them? Or, can you imagine the farmer planting seeds, and having no idea what type of crop he is expecting.

Yet, somehow, we tend to do these very things in our own lives. We spend years neglecting our bodies, neglecting our minds, neglecting our family or friends, neglecting our finances, and even neglecting our faith. Then, we tend to expect that things will turn out the way that we envisioned in our dreams. We want the nice house, with the nice car. We want the little family playing in the yard behind the picket fence. And, we want money to travel, etc.

In other words, we spent a big part of our life planting seeds that were not necessarily what we were wanting to end up with, and then we expect something different.

If we want our lives to go the way that we desire, we have to consciously make the decisions to do the things that will take us in the direction we want to go.

If we don’t like the harvest we are reaping at the moment, we just have to start changing the seeds we are planting.

And, here is the beauty of it: Most of your life results can be intentional, and you can start doing the small disciplines necessary at any point. If you want a result, then plant the seeds for it. If you are not sure which seeds to plant, then ask someone who is where you want to be in life. Study what they plant. Then, and this is the key, go out and plant in your own life. You will reap what you sow. So, make it something special. And get started today.

“Change takes time. The restoration of health takes time. The regaining of prosperity, whether by a nation or an individual, takes time. And the changing of one’s attitude, circumstance, and lifestyle takes time. You cannot demand your share of the American dream today, or this month or even this year, when the previous thirty or forty…or more years have been devoted to the planting of seeds which were clearly destined to produce just the opposite result come the time of harvest.”-The Gift by Ron Reynolds

Question:

What are some seeds that you have been planting in your life recently?

The Power of Habit

March 31, 2013

We are officially kicking off our Spring into Summer Challenge today. We are extremely excited to be doing this, and we hope that we will see some lives change dramatically as a result. It’s really amazing to me how much just doing a few small things will make a such a huge difference in your life.

Complete jenga towerAs Penny and I were putting the Point List together, we discovered some things we take for granted. We also noticed that we included some things on the list that had made a huge impact in our lives at some point, but we had for some reason just let them slip out of our lives. Very often life gets in the way it seems, or the Law of Familiarity sets in and good habits can go by the wayside.

One of the best parts of making a list is that it really forces you to take the time to sit down and focus on your life. I mean, when was the last time that you looked at all of your habits? When was the last time you took a personal inventory of the little things that you think or do daily in life? Did you realize that your habits make up the majority of your life?

Science tells us that we tend to repeat the same set of habits every 7–10 days at a minimum. We repeat our diet. We repeat the clothes we wear. We repeat our exercise routine. We repeat our work routine. And, if you are anything like me, you very often end up at work in the morning not even sure how you got there. The path you take is so ingrained that you could almost make it blindfolded.

So, if this is the case, doesn’t it make sense for us to re-evaluate the habits that got us where we are today? I believe this challenge is going to help Penny and I, as well as many others start to see some of the small things that we all do daily that are good, bad, or neither. But, more importantly, I think that it’s going to spur us on the right track and allow us to achieve a whole new level in our lives.

Join us for the Challenge and see what your life will look like during and after the next couple of months.

Question:

What is one daily habit that you have that makes a huge difference in your day?

 

IStock_000013494357XSmallLast week I had the privilege of being interviewed by Marcus Aurelius live on VoiceAmerica.com. Marcus has a show called I Don’t Want to be Fat on Friday’s at 10am Central. We spoke about how I as a Chiropractor communicate with my patients to become as healthy as they can possibly be. We also touched on topics of training, and part of the purpose and vision of Designing A Champion. Listen in and please give us some feedback. Also, if you or anyone you know would like to do an interview or have me come speak for your group or organization, email me at drmatt@designingachampion.com. Thank you and God Bless!

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/68074/chiropractic-enhancement

Several years ago I remember hearing a talk about the value of learning from others that are already where you want to go in life. In this particular talk, the speaker gave a great analogy that has stuck in my mind ever since. He stated that he had a group of mentors that he moreless thought of as his own personal “Board of Directors”. They would each have a part in guiding his decisions in life to help him get to the place that he wanted to be.

Not long after hearing that, I sat down and thought about who I wanted to be on my own personal “Board of Directors”. I thought about who I looked up to as far as how they did business. I thought about who I would like to be more like from a health standpoint, from a social standpoint, from a spiritual standpoint, from a family standpoint, and of course from a financial standpoint. And, I wanted to make sure that I only picked the very best for my “Board”, as I planned on sticking with them for the long run. I would look up to their guidance on decision making, but also on how to just live in different areas of my life.

IStock_000002428558XSmallWhy is this important? The answer is really quite simple. There are truly very few things that you can do in life that someone else is not already doing, at least to some extent. Therefore, if you have a direction you want to go in life, doesn’t it make sense to learn from watching someone else already there? Doesn’t it make sense to use their experience to help avoid some of the various pitfalls in life that would otherwise be inevitable?

So now that “why” is answered, let’s get to the how. How do you come up with this group of people? And, do you have to be able to talk to them on a regular basis, or even personally know them, etc? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Think Big-If you are wanting to do big things in life, then find people that are also big thinkers. One of the most freeing things here is that you actually don’t even have to know the person. Say, for instance, you wanted to be able to become a fitness guru. You could find out everything you wanted to know about Todd Durkin. You could sign up for his blog. You could watch his YouTube videos. You could attend conferences where he is teaching. The list goes on, and you could do the same thing with any other area of your life.
  • Pick a Variety-Many times we tend to focus in on one area of our life, leaving everything else to start crumbling or at best just stay the same. If you want to truly grow, you have to develop every area of your life. Yes, you can focus on a specific area or 2 for a while, but if you never pay attention to the rest, you will quickly become unbalanced. This leads to decline eventually, and then even burnout. So, the key here is to pick a variety of people to guide you in different areas. For instance, you may pick Donald Trump for his business acumen, but not for his spiritual life. For that you may look to your pastor or Joel Osteen for example.
  • Be Adaptable-This is an important key for any form of success in life. You have to be able to always look at where you are and where you are going, and then make necessary adjustments at times. I personally have found that I have about 7 core people on my “board”, and as I am reaching out and learning, I have added a couple of new people along the way. Sometimes, as you go through life experiences, your view changes. Sometimes your priorities change as well. It’s a great idea to always be on the lookout for new people to help you along your journey.

Question:

Do you have a personal “Board of Directors”? Who are some of the people that hold that honor in your life?

You'll Never Be Given More Than You Can HandleIn order to succeed in anything, you must first grow yourself to the point where you can handle the “success”. Put another way, you are only able to achieve goals in direct proportion to the person you become in the process. This is true in anything from athletics to business to health. Take some of my past history for example.  When I was student at Texas A&M, I was on the Powerlifting Team. I would spend usually 5 days a week in the gym, and usually up to 2 hours at the time. I didn’t realize it then, but I was “growing myself” in the most basic sense. What happened when I started letting my ego get me beyond the point to which I had grown? Well, I hurt my neck at one point, had shoulder injuries at another and then developed a severe low back problem that took me out of the sport that I loved for 2 years. However, when I came back, I had matured in my thinking enough to know that I had to grow myself. I went on to become part of a small group of people that could deadlift over 700 pounds. Here is the interesting part though:  When I initially hurt my low back, I was trying to deadlift much less than I eventually lifted later. I had not allowed myself to grow to the point where I could reach the success I wanted. At that point in my life, I wanted success “right now”. I thought I could just “will it” or force things to happen by sheer desire.  As a result of my not learning to be prepared, I was knocked back down until I could learn that lesson.

So athletics is a great teacher, but how does this carry over to real life. My wife and I have a couple of businesses, one is our Chiropractic office, which we recently have decided to combine with Designing A Champion, and another business that involves nutrition and self-development. Several years ago, I decided I wanted to reach a level that would put me in the top percentage of income earners in this particular business. I boldly stated that we would be making such and such amount of money in a short amount of time. Well, we didn’t quite make that. In fact, we didn’t even come close, and after a while I began to understand why. I hadn’t allowed myself to grow the point where even if we had been successful, that it would have lasted. My focus was on the end result, not the process or growth that it would take to sustain that goal. What I learned was that until you are the person that can handle and sustain success, you will not reach it.

I sometimes am amused by how we don’t see how relevant this is to every single area of our lives. I am a Christian and I have told people, and have been told by people that God will never give you more than you can handle. Very often this statement comes out when someone is going through “tough times”, but if this principle is true, doesn’t it work both ways. If God will only allow us to have the amount of sorrow or troubles that we can handle, wouldn’t He likewise only allow us to have the success that we are ready to handle as well. In the Bible, He states that He would make Solomon wealthy and honored among men, because he first asked for wisdom. God knows that without personal growth, we will become frustrated and eventually bring ourselves back down to the level at which we are comfortable. This is why most people that come into “instant money”, ex. winning the lottery, or young athletes suddenly making millions, tend to go broke after a short while. The growth needed to sustain their income hasn’t happened.

Years ago, I didn’t understand this principle, but now I am striving daily to grow myself into the type of person that can handle success. I have always had the feeling that God has extraordinary plans for my life and that I am supposed to do something great in this world, so I am trying to grow.

How do you feel you have to grow in order to achieve your goals?

Suggested Reads of the Week

November 15, 2012

Take Ownership of Your Life in 4 Steps One of my favorite blogs belongs to Michael Hyatt. He has really helped me figure out how to work more on my writing and my businesses. Here is a guest post on his blog that will help you take a good look at your life, and show you some ways to make it more of what you want. Although I haven’t had a chance to go through her blog much yet, I can clearly tell she has a great story and some good material.

The Tyranny of Motivation Here is a great article from Dr. Jonny Bowden on what motivation is and what it can and cannot do for you. Sometimes you can’t worry about how you feel about something, you just need to take the action you know to be right.

Documentary Reveals How the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry Conspire to Maintain a Failing Business Model This movie will only be available for free on Dr. Mercola’s site for a short time, so make sure you go watch it. It partly has to do with Chiropractic and all of the nonsense that people believe and have bought into over the years due to the AMA’s false allegations in the past, but it also give you more of an idea of who is really running “healthcare” today and hopefully lead you to understand some ways it can be fixed.

Don’t miss it… oh wait… shoot there it goes… Maybe it’s because I just became a dad last week, or perhaps it’s because over the last few years, through a series of events I will eventually share on this blog, I have truly learned to appreciate every single second of my life, and I want to live it for all it’s worth, but this post on my friend TJ’s site really hit home with me this week.