Tag Archives | Dreams

Courageous Patience

It has taken me four years to understand what I am about to share with you. In the summer of 2013, I discovered a newfound passion for writing and speaking that had previously laid dormant. Filled with excitement, I couldn’t wait for this dream to become a full-time endeavor. I was writing daily and striving like crazy to make it happen. I was effective and productive. As people began following along, my excitement grew. But hindsight often affords us the clarity we […]

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I Wrote One Song That I Never Shared With Anyone, Until Now

Listen to this post on the latest episode of my podcast, Whole Life Matters, or read below. For future podcast episodes, you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play Music. Why Are You Running? When I was in college, I developed a love for playing the guitar. Looking back, I’d say that pushing through the pain of callouses served me well. My guitar became a refuge, and a handy resource to pay the bills when I was going […]

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Getting Your Ducks In A Row

There’s one thing that sabotages my dreams, our dreams. It’s a great excuse that often disguises itself as a legitimate culprit, but it’s a lie. Here’s a hint: it’s not financial, it’s not circumstantial, it’s not experiential, and it’s not age-related. While all of those things can and do come into play, they’re not the reason for your dream remaining, well, just a dream. And if you’re not careful, this one thing may just keep your dreams paralyzed for life. But […]

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Daring to Move Mountains – Conquering Your Everest

The Himalayan peak of Mount Everest rises an astonishing 29,029 feet above sea level—the highest point on Earth. The audacious task of reaching its summit was first attempted in 1921 and, for more than thirty years, unsuccessful attempts were common-place. It left a swath of defeated pioneers in its wake, leading many to believe that it was simply unscalable. That changed in 1953 when a thirty-three year old Englishman set his sights on doing the unthinkable. As the ninth British expedition launched, there […]

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Dreams Don’t Start On Stage

So there was this one time when I got on stage and played guitar with Edwin McCain… And there was this one time that I guest posted for Jon Acuff… Very excited to share both with you today. Jon Acuff, New York Times Bestselling author and blogging pro, has given me the opportunity to tell you about the time I played guitar with Edwin McCain and a few things I learned. I’d love for you to check it out. In […]

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Pursuing Your Dreams vs. Being a Good Spouse/Parent

On this edition of Monday Matters, we’re tackling a doozy! Last week, I received this question from Jim Woods – www.jimwoodswrites.com (Ya’ll go pay him a visit!) “Matt, the struggle between building a business/pursuing a dream and being a husband and parent is a topic I would love to see discussed.” I loved Jim’s question so much because it hit right at the core of my own experience. So many of us have our own pursuits as well as our […]

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The Dream That Changed My Life

Have you ever ridden an activity bus? Playing three sports in high school, I rode these 45-foot beauties quite a bit – no seat belt, seats as comfortable as a block of concrete and sounds that make you think they will fall apart any minute. When you load one full of high school boys, it’s a testosterone-packed adventure.  Dull moments do not exist and half of the stories that emerge are sworn into secrecy by those present. However, one experience […]

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