Happy MONDAY! TGIM! QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I started a program called Optimize Coach this year. In it, the creator Brian Johnson takes you through a wealth of wisdom and philosophy from many different books and sources. I listened to a high-level overview from a book called, “Letters from a Stoic.” And that’s where I got today’s quote of the day! Almost every day I try to get in a workout and move my body. And at some point during the workout normally it becomes hard. I train my body for every day health. I also train my body for a couple of big races every year. I have one coming up on January 23rd. It’s the 3M Half Marathon. This year I decided to do something different that I have never done before. If you know you me at all and have been reading this blog or e-mail for any length of time you know I am an early riser. I typically get up on weekdays at about 4:00 a.m. and then go workout at 5:00 a.m. or 5:15 a.m. and I log into work at 6:30 a.m. I start my day early. And I end it early. On days where I do a long run, I start around 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. and run for an hour or two to do a run. Now on race day, things seem backward because I would wake up at the same time at 4:00 a.m and wait until 7:30 a.m. to start to run. NOT THIS YEAR! This year I will wake up at 4:00 a.m. and start running around 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. to get in about 10 miles. I will return home and eat breakfast and then run 3 miles to the race start by 7:30 a.m. and then run the 13.1 miles of the 3M Half! 13.1 + 13.1 = 26.2 WOW! Does that sound difficult? YES! Did I train enough and run as many miles I should have? MAYBE! Do I dare to run the race? YES! What dream of yours have you created a big old story around? You know the one that says your dream is too hard to bring to life. That it’s impossible. Yeah right?!?!? Let’s dare to dream BIG in 2022! Let’s dare to go for it in 2022! Let’s dare to do difficult things in 2022! Send me an email if you have a difficult thing you want help with. Maybe I can help. Happy Monday! Let’s do this day with joy! From Coach Matt AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 1) I love and accept myself completely 2) I accept myself unconditionally. 3) I accept myself exactly as I am now. Share the Matt’s Motivational Monday love: 1) Support Matt’s Motivational Monday here 2) Or share this e-mail with a friend who might need some motivation or encouragement this day!