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What Matters?

September 20, 2013

Not long ago, I started listening to podcasts. I mean, I had been listening to a couple here and there for a few years, but now I actually took the time to look and see what is out there. I went in search of shows that were not only going to fit my interests, but also that would in some way be of benefit to me.

 

IStock_000000306141_ExtraSmallCurrently I seem to be spending most of the time listening to 2 shows in particular. One is a Chiropractic show called Spinal Column Radio. And, it’s really helped me shift my mindset on how I want to practice and want my office to run. It’s also tied me into some new doctors to listen in on, or read their books or blogs.

 

The other show is what really got me to thinking about this particular post. It’s called The Fizzle Show, and it’s 3 guys that actually in some ways remind me of myself and 2 of my best buddies. Their personalities just seem to match ours in a lot of ways.

 

Anyway, there was an episode that I heard the other day in which one of the guys, Corbett Barr, talked about a list he has of What Matters.

 

They discussed this list on the show, and how he came up with it. Apparently a while back there was an article circling the web talking about the top regrets of the dying. The list of regrets gave Corbett some inspiration to actually make a list of what’s important in his life. You can find the list here.

 

So, now they had me hooked. I couldn’t help but think of all the different things going on in my life. Ask my wife, and she would tell you that I am always coming up with something to do or some place to go. I very seldom take the time to “stop and smell the roses”.

 

Truthfully, I have had a lot of thought on that recently, and want to make some changes. Nonetheless, it’s part of who I am. And, I could no easier just start to turn my mind off than I could change the direction the wind blows.

 

But, this list gives me a different perspective. It helps me narrow down what is important to me, What Matters. And, I can use it to help me make decisions on what I really want to get involved with doing.

 

Now, of course, this exact list may not be what helps me to decide anything. After all, these are the things that matter to Corbett. So, I have a challenge ahead of me. First, I need to sit down and make my own list. What matters to me? Once, I come up with that, most of my decisions, and all of the big decisions, will have to stand up to the test. Will ____ stand the test of What Matters to me?

 

Question:

Do you have a list of What Matters to you?

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite articles from the last week or so:

What’s Keeping You From Being Great? : This is actually from about a couple of weeks ago, but I just got to see it earlier this week. If you aren’t inspired by this, you don’t have a pulse. 

The Jordan Effect: Where can politeness and genuine concern for others get you in life? This is a fascinating article told in a way only Andy Andrews can teach.

 

The Art of Settling: Great article from Todd Durkin on how we tend to settle for less than the best in life, and some insight on why we settle.

 

Be sure to check out these articles. And, if you find them useful, please pass this post on to your social circle. Also, if you have any resources, questions, etc., please leave a comment or shoot me an email a drmatt@designingachampion.com. Have a great weekend.

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?

Here are some fantastic articles and sources I have read in the last week:

3 Reasons Young Females Athletes Should Weight Train: This is an article from super trainer, Todd Durkin’s website. This is something that I have been preaching about for years, and I am glad to see that there is actually starting to be some people taking notice of the fact that young female athletes need to strength train. It will not only improve their athletic ability, it will also help prevent injuries.

 

Habit Mastery: Creating the New Normal: This is a great article by Leo Babauta over on ZenHabits. People think that changing your life has to be some big dramatic thing, but what I have found is that most of the time, it’s just making small changes over time that makes the biggest difference. As Leo states, it’s just a matter of creating your new normal.

 

The Power of Counting and Speaking Your Blessings: This was actually a guest post on Jeff Goins website. Jeff has an awesome blog on writing, creativity, inspiration,etc. This particular article was about blessings, and how we should not only count them in our lives, but also pass the blessings to others.

 

These were some of my favorite articles that I have found in the last week or so. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And, if so, please share this post within your social circle. Have a great weekend and God Bless!

For years I fought the urge to get into the podcasting and blog world. And, truthfully I can’t even really give a good reason why. There are so many great resources out there, and one of the things that I love about the Blogosphere is that the information never stops.

IStock_000013078634XSmallMaybe that is part blessing and part curse. There is literally more information being put out everyday. And very often the info is very good and the podcasters/writers are able to back up what they speak or write about. Still there is always that small percentage that actually give wrong, or just flat out bad information.

The trick is to know which ones are the quality podcasts/blogs. So, here are some of my criteria:

  • Considered by many to be an expert in their subject. Often showing success in an area before they ever podcasted/blogged about it.
  • Consistently put out high quality material. I value my time too much to read or listen in to something that I feel is a waste of time.
  • Someone I can relate to in some way, shape, or form.
  • This is probably the most important: They are recommended by someone else that I either know personally, someone that I follow/read/listen to, and someone that I trust. If they fit these criteria, they have my attention, and I will always at least check them out to see if they fit me.

That being said, I have now really dived headfirst into the Podcasting/Blogosphere world, and I am finding lots of quality sources out there. Personally, I spend most of my time looking for sources that are going to help me improve my life and in turn help me to help others. That being said, here are 3 Podcasts/Blogs that I have been taking in and highly recommend them to you:

1. The Entreleadership Podcast-This was really the one that I started listening to on podcast first. It’s put out by Dave Ramsey’s company and is hosted by Chris Locurto(you can find his blog here). Chris does an awesome job taking you through Dave’s principles, and he interviews authors,leaders, business people about how they run their businesses and daily lives. If you want to become a leader, or a better leader, you need to listen to this one.

2. This Is Your Life-The Entreleadership Podcast turned me on to this one by Michael Hyatt(find his blog here). Michael is the former CEO of Thomas Nelson publishing. But, in the last 2 years, he has decided to go out on his own and has built up a huge following as a speaker, business leader, as well as being an author himself. Michael’s podcast is about leadership, business, and life. He gives loads of great information on ways to improve yourself, your business, your family, and just about anything else. I have gotten so much from Michael’s content, that I couldn’t even write about all of it here. Definitely check him out.

3. The Smart Passive Income Podcast-Guess how I found out about Pat Flynn(find his blog here). If you guessed Michael Hyatt you are correct. I just recently started listening in to Pat’s podcast about a month or 2 ago. Since then, I have had numerous ideas on how to design the life that Penny and I want to have. Pat’s content is primarily about how to generate a passive income with online business, and he has loads of great information about the various ways to do so. Another thing that I really like about Pat is that he is very transparent about how he makes money on the web. In other words, he not only shows you various ways to make money, but he shows you the proof of how he is doing so. While the info is primarily about internet business, it’s valuable in businesses that are not on the web in a number of ways as well. So, be sure to give it a listen.

Although these 3 are primarily leadership/business oriented blogs and podcasts, they provide a huge amount of information that is just helpful in all areas of your life. I can’t recommend them enough.

In closing, I think that this may possibly be a regular post for me periodically as well. When I come across some new info out there(involving any area of life and/or business), I will be sure to let you know. Until then, be sure to read our posts on More Great Resources(Formerly called Things You Should Read), and again, make sure to go check out the guys listed above.

Question:

What are some of your favorite sources of information on the web(blogs, podcasts, etc.)?

 

 

Sorry I have missed these posts the last week or so, but we are definitely going to get back on it. There are some awesome resources out there and here are some of the best articles I have read in the last week:

Is Positive Thinking Stupid?: Jon Acuff almost always makes me crack a smile with his writing. This was a great post about the power of the mind and the way we think.

Think Spice: 8 Spices with Health Benefits: When we start teaching someone how to eat healthier, we always make sure to tell them the benefits of using spices to make food more delicious. Here was a great article on several spices, some of the benefits, and how to use them.

 

5 Ways to Get Paid Multiple Times for the Same Work: I wrote an article this week about Passive Income and here was a fantastic article written by Michael Hyatt just a few days before on some ways to get paid over and over again for work that you have already done. I love Michael Hyatt’s work. Make sure to give it a read!

 

As always, if you have any new sources or articles you would like to suggest I read, please give me a shout! Have a great weekend!

Here are few of the more awesome articles I read this week:

Where You Need to Live: Great article by Jon Acuff on living life where we should be.

Regrow Fresh Heads of Romaine Lettuce From Chopped Down Romaine Hearts: This is a neat little trick to keep some healthier food coming back multiple times from one purchase. I didn’t realize that you could do this, but I think I will try it out.

My Fitness Journey: Here is an article from one of Todd Durkin’s employees. She gives a breakdown on what got her into fitness, but more importantly gives some ideas on how to stay committed to your fitness.

I hope you enjoy these articles. I am always looking for new information and sources, so if you have any ideas, questions, suggestions, etc., please leave a comment below.

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

Here are a few articles that you may find interesting and helpful this week:

Kids Need to Step Up Physical Activity, Report Says: This a recent article from USA Today talking about a new report that talks about the physical activity level of kids in schools. From what I have heard in recent years, it seems that many schools have pretty much almost done away with PE. It’s ok if the kids are involved in athletics, but most often the ones not involved in athletics are the ones that most need to have some Physical Education in schools. You don’t have to play sports per se, but you do need to move. We need to be teaching this to our kids.

Actions Speak Louder Than Feelings: Wisdom in this article from Andy Andrews as he talks about a lesson he taught his own kids. Your actions will take you where you want to go, not the feelings you have on any given day.

7 Reasons I Picked Feedly to Replace Google Reader: Some of my best resources of information are various blogs that I subscribe to through Google Reader. It allows a quick easy glance, so you will know if you want to read further or skip on to the next article. However, if you haven’t heard Google will be getting rid of Reader in July, so many people will be looking to a different reader. One of my most trusted sources is Michael Hyatt and here he explains why he would recommend Feedly. I also will be switching to Feedly myself over the weekend.

Hopefully you will find some usefulness in these articles. Also, if you have any suggestions on more places to get great info on nutrition, fitness, finances, self development, spiritual growth, entrepreneurship, and even just some useful sites for info on tech, please leave a comment or email me. Have a great weekend!

Bucket List: 225 Things To Do Before You Die:-I actually read through these about a week or 2 ago. I am proud to say that I have managed to do several of these. I still would love to do a bunch more. What about you?

Parenting and Watching Children Struggle…There’s Nothing Worse:-This is a great article written by my friend TJ over at DadFirst.net. He gives some great perspective on watching your kids grow through circumstances, and gives some insight on how God does the same with us.

20 Ways to Prepare Young Athletes for Success in Sports and Life:-Awesome article by fitness guru, Eric Cressey on how to help your kids succeed in life through the field of sports.

How to be Awesome in Only 2 Steps:-Jon Acuff packs his blogs with so much great material. Here is a great post on how to improve you life quickly doing only 2 things.