Take a look inside.

All that is needed for evil to prevail, is for good men to do nothing

This quote has always been a favorite of mine. The main reason is that I am amazed by the level of apathy in the world today!

I watch every day as good men and women do nothing!

They hide behind phrases

“It is not my job.”
“I’ll get to it.”
“Maybe later.”
“Have someone else handle it.”

And the list goes on and on.

We have become apathetic in our approach to life. We sit back with a sense of entitlement waiting for good things to happen.

Let me tell you a bit of my story. A little over 4 years ago I went to a Dr. for a physical to qualify my adoption paper work to start the process of adopting my son. I stepped on the scale. 6’2″ tall and 415 lbs. This was the shock of my life. I had alway been athletic and big but this was crazy. I went on to have my blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. I failed both tests. I was told I would not qualify for many international adoption programs. I was also told I’d be lucky to see age 65. Keep in mind I was 28 years old. This was a moment I will never forget.

There was a measurable result to my apathy. I was waiting for weight loss but not doing anything about.

How many things in our lives would we love to see change and instead we sit back and wait. Wondering why things have not changed.

I was not given the chance to loss weight and get healthy by sitting on the couch and eating double cheeseburgers. Over the last 4 years filled with many hours of exercise and watching my diet, I have lost over 155 lbs. I do not get to make this claim because I sat back and waited for life to “give me what I deserved”. The way that I treated my body it is a good thing that I did not get what I deserved. My life was out of control and the only thing that could change that for me, and the only thing that can change it for you. is a willingness to take action.

What are you willing to do to see your dreams come to reality?

What in your life would you like to see change?

Why do you want to change these areas of your life?

What aspects of your life will be better if you take action in these areas?

Who will be positively impacted by changing this part of my life?

These and more are questions we have willingly ask ourselves. Our society loves to look out at the lives of others with envy and discontent. What we fail to do, is to look internally, so that we can identify, and change areas of our lives that need to grow and change.

Looking inside is far more difficult then looking out. It requires us to be real with where we are and where we want to go! The willingness to go through this painful process is crucial to success in life. If your goal is to be a pro athlete you must be willing to analyze shortcoming and develop strengths. If you aspire to be a real estate guru you must be willing to assess and manage the portfolio. This process requires a self-focused honesty that can be very difficult for many of us. often we spend more time lying to ourselves than anyone else.

I encourage you today to ask these questions and many others. It is time to get very real with ourselves on where we are and where we want to go.

Once this is determined, I challenge you do something about it!

Once you start, keep starting everyday! chase down your dream and wrestle it to the ground!

I want to be a “WAYmaker” and I want you to become one as well.

Go make a way in the world and change the world around you as you go!

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4 thoughts on “Take a look inside.

  1. Trent Hendricks

    Matt, thank you for sharing this. I have great aspirations, but I have allowed disappointment and fear to hold me back from chasing my dreams. I dream of being a trainer, writer, and public speaker, but I always settle for the safe and the average path. My release from my job back in May was the catalyst to look at my life and dreams differently, make the determination to take risks, and get started. My present problem is not knowing where or how to start.

    • Matt

      Thank you Trent! Let me know if I can help you in any way.

  2. Trent Hendricks

    Well, now that you mention it…I have been a lifelong student. I recognize that I have dabbled much and mastered little. At this point in time, even at my age, I believe I could benefit from having a mentor.

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