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345. 3 Surprise Gifts from the Manger
We’re doing a DEEP DIVE this week on 3 surprise gifts from the Manger story. That’s right! You and me. We’re talking about a story that may feel “familiar,” BUT there’s a danger when something feels familiar… right? The danger is that we might tune out or we may miss some of the surprise gifts that can still be tucked inside. I was reminded of this recently, when I was asked to teach on the shepherds from the Nativity story and the birth of Jesus. Specifically, I was asked to dig into Luke 2:8-18. As I did… and I went deep… I uncovered some elements I’d never seen or thought about before… even though it was a very familiar story. And wow… they were good surprises. Whether you’re a big fan of reading the Bible or not… this episode has something for you. At the VERY least… you’ll hear some things you can use to impress your friends at Christmas parties! But… if you listen in and stay open… I think you might really appreciate unwrapping these surprise gifts as much as I did! So let’s get to this!
RELATED POSTS & DREAM THINK DO EPISODES:
This post helps to explain some of why I believe what I do: mitchmatthews.com/our-6-miracle-story/
Melissa (my bride) joins me and we talk about some fun prayer stories: www.mitchmatthews.com/207
I talk about 3 Keys to Having Your Best Holiday Season Yet: www.mitchmatthews.com/105
MORE ABOUT THE EPISODE:
We’re diving into a familiar (awesome) story from Luke 2:8-18. Yup. We’re talking about the Shepherds from the Nativity story and the birth of Jesus. Here are the specific verses we’re referring to from the New Living Translation (emphasis added):
The Shepherds and Angels That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished…
In the episode, I also refer to one of my other favorite stories from the Bible. It’s the story of David and Goliath. Now, THAT is also a “familiar” story… so it might be easy to dismiss. But trust me… it’s stories like this that kept those Shepherds (and us) inspired and OPEN to the crazy cool stuff God was going to invite them into.
And since I’m referring to elements of it in the episode, I’ll include the full story here too.
1 Samuel 17-12-51 - New Living Translation… emphasis added.
Jesse Sends David to Saul’s Camp Now David was the son of a man named Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Jesse was an old man at that time, and he had eight sons. Jesse’s three oldest sons—Eliab, Abinadab, and Shime—had already joined Saul’s army to fight the Philistines. David was the youngest son. David’s three oldest brothers stayed with Saul’s army, but David went back and forth so he could help his father with the sheep in Bethlehem.
For forty days, every morni
344: Travis Crutcher - 3 Keys to Breaking FREE from the Past!
Travis Crutcher is my guest. Travis is a Success Coach and Speaker who helps dynamic people get clarity, increase impact, and live a life they love! He’s a Retired Army Ranger - with some amazing stories of heroism and leadership thanks to multiple tours in the Middle East! After retiring and spending some time in the corporate space as an executive… he launched his coaching and speaking business. I’m VERY proud to say that he’s a member of Acceleration… my mastermind for coaches and speakers. And that’s given me a front row seat to see him killing it with his business and more importantly… he’s making the world a better place! His podcast “The Above Average Podcast with Travis and Jess” is now in the top 1% of all podcasts! (By the way… his bride Jess is pure awesome!) Travis has a true passion for helping people live their best lives… and as you’ll hear… he’s had to make some decisions to let go of some things in order to live HIS best life. So we’re going to talk about 3 KEYS TO BREAKING FREE FROM THE PAST! Because… let’s be honest… we ALL have things we need to let go of and move past… in order to live our best life! And this DREAM THINK DO episode is going to help you do it!
RELATED DTD EPISODES:
GUEST: Jilian Michaels “This Might Surprise You” https://mitchmatthews.com/323
A Deep Dive with Mitch: “Dealing with the B.S. of your Blessings” https://mitchmatthews.com/339
GUEST: Amanda Zwanziger* “Busting Free From Paralysis” https://mitchmatthews.com/338
NOTE: I’m honored to say both Amanda (Episode 338) and Travis are amazing members of ACCELERATION - my Mastermind for Coaches and Speakers.
If you’re interested in finding out more about ACCELERATION send us a note here.
MORE ABOUT TRAVIS CRUTCHER:
Travis’ Website: www.TravisCruther.com
The Above Average Podcast with Travis and Jess: www.traviscrutcher.com/aap
Travis on the Instas: https://www.instagram.com/travis__crutcher
PHOTOS OF STRYKER BRIGADE:
Travis mentioned that BEAST of a vehicle the Army Rangers were tasked with learning and maximizing! Well, here it is! BOOM! (Literally!) CLICK HERE!
The 3 Keys To Breaking Free are:
“Question everything” Be sure to listen to the interview to find CRITICAL ingredients you have to add to the “Question Everything” strategy to make it work! (It might surprise you!) “Decide” This might sound TOO simple… but listen to the episode to find out how to walk it out... no matter what! “Rewrite the script” Travis and Mitch both had to apply this KEY and it made all the difference, but be sure to listen to the episode to hear about a potential pitfall to avoid! I want to hear from YOU!
What do YOU think? What’s something that stood out to you from what Travis shared? Heck, what’s something that has helped YOU to let go of the past? Let me know what YOU think! Drop a comment below. I can’t wait to hear from YOU.
343. Chandler Bolt: Write YOUR Bestseller
We’re welcoming Chandler Bolt BACK to DREAM THINK DO!
If you know him… you love this guy. Chandler Bolt is the host of the wildly popular Self Publishing School Podcast and he’s the author of 6 bestselling books including his most recent book titled “Published.” He’s also the founder & CEO of Self-Publishing School… which is an INCREDIBLE online resource for writing your first book. And in recent news… Chandler was just named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list due to SPS’s success with helping more than 6,000 authors to write… publish and market their books! He’s doing a lot of good in the world… and since I know A LOT of you want to write books… I wanted to have Chandler back to help us to dig in and figure out the steps needed so you can finally get your BEST SELLER done!
The first 50 People can grab their FREE copy of Published here: www.publishedbook.com/published
Check out Self Publishing School here: http://self-publishingschool.com
Watch Self Publishing School training videos here: http://bit.ly/SPS-YT
OTHER DREAM THINK DO EPISODES MENTIONED:
3 Keys to Publishing your FIRST BOOK (with Chandler Bolt): www.mitchmatthews.com/160
Write and Publish YOUR Best Seller (Part 1): www.mitchmatthews.com/061
From Sky Slopes to Bestseller (An interview with Chandler Bolt): www.mitchmatthews.com/006
New Perspectives, Simple Truths & Tree Houses (An interview with Chandler’s brother, Seth Bolt from NEEDTOBREATHE): www.mitchmatthews.com/043
0:02 Spoiler Alert! We have a gift for you. 2:11 Welcome back Chandler Bolt 4:07 How Chandler and Mitch met 5:22 Who? not, How? 8:20 Why Chandler is republishing his book 12:51 The best advice for beginner authors 16:36 How to overcome overthinking in your writing 18:00 Never deal with imposter syndrome again 21:38 The importance of niching down 28:43 Chandler ideal writing day 33:30 Start before you’re ready 34:44 Mitch’s minute I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
What did YOU think? What stood out to you? What helped? What got you thinking you could do this (which you can!!!)? Drop a comment below and let me know. I can’t wait to hear from YOU!
342: The Gratitude Secret Weapon
This week we’re talking about GRATITUDE! Why? Well… gratitude is our brain's superfood. If we can feel gratitude... it helps us to feel happier, less depressed, more creative, and more abundant. Heck… it can even work in our brain’s memory centers to help us remember more!
ALL the good stuff! BUT... how do we stir it up? Especially on those days when it might be a little hard to feel grateful? On those days circumstances make it a real stretch to feel gratitude? We know we want to… but how do we get there?
In this episode, I share some science and a few of my own favorite strategies. BUT I also share 12 tips from YOU…
Dream Think Doers who answered the call… “How do YOU get to gratitude?” It makes for a very special episode that I think you’re going to love. Most importantly… we’re going to help YOU to find YOUR “Gratitude Secret Weapon!” So let’s get to this!
RELATED DREAM THINK DO EPISODES:
The “Christmas Carol Method” of getting to Gratitude: https://mitchmatthews.com/304/
The “Rest vs. Restoration” Experiment: https://mitchmatthews.com/330/
DREAM BIG… No Matter What (with Amberly Lago): https://mitchmatthews.com/310/
The FIVE Non-Negotiables for an Ideal Day (with Sarah Yourgrau): https://mitchmatthews.com/294/
MORE ABOUT THE The Gratitude Secret Weapon EPISODE: Gratitude is our brain’s SUPERFOOD. (The upside is that it doesn’t taste nasty like Kale. LOL!) There’s PLENTY of science to show that when we intentionally stir up Gratitude… it makes a BIG difference IN our bodies and WITH our perspective on the day and our world! BUT the question is: HOW do you get there?
With this episode, I’m going to walk you through 14 different strategies to help you fill your Gratitude ToolBox! The extra-special part of this episode is that 12 of those ideas come from YOU! That’s right! I posed the question on Facebook and you guys BROUGHT IT! (By the way… if we’re not connected on Facebook… make sure to reach out there! Let’s friend it up… friend!)
The "Gratitude Secret Weapon" is a simple two-step process:
1.) Acknowledge the importance of Gratitude
2.) Find YOUR way to stir it up!
My GO-TO Gratitude Strategy: “Gratitude… NOW!”
Listen to the episode to get the full story, but I like to ask the simple question: “What can I be grateful for... RIGHT NOW?”
Melissa’s GO TO Gratitude Strategy: “Gratitude for YOU!”
Again… listen to the episode to get the full story, but my bride finds that her “Secret Weapon” for stirring up true gratitude is to relay her gratitude to someone else. She LOVES to tell others how she’s grateful for them. It’s a true gratitude win/win!
SO… I asked YOU what YOU do to stir up gratitude… to get your brain some of that superfood! And you BROUGHT it!!! You submitted ideas… and I’ll admit I added names to make them a bit more memorable! But here are the ideas… in your own words. So… here we go!
1.) "Snooze Bar" Gratitude
Denise Griffitts: “What a lovely idea! I used to be one of those people who would hit the floor running and as my mom would say, oh crap she’s awake. But over time I have learned to stay in the bed, breathe, and examine what I am so grateful for. It starts the morning in a perfect kind of way. There’s a lot to be said for quiet moments of reflection.”
2.) The "Tuck the Day Away" Strategy:
“Honestly I think it was realizing it is good and bad in every day- and what you focus on is made bigger. I heard that how you end your day is how you “tuck it away” in your mind- so I ask the questions:
What good thing happened today? What am I grateful for tonight? It helps me to tuck each day away as a good day!
It is truly a practice - and when life SUCKS is when I am more mindful of finding what I’m grateful for.”
NOTE: A LOT of people suggested keeping a Gratitude Journal. Chuck Thuss brou
341: WHAT’S YOUR MISSION - Strategies for Life and Leadership
Dr. Mike Patterson is a lifelong learner dedicated to helping leaders and teams get stuff done! He’s the author of the book, “Mission First, People Always: The Definitive Guide to Balancing People and Performance.” I can say that Mike is a leader you want to learn from… because he was actually a leader for me when I first entered the corporate world YEARS ago… and his leadership style had a huge impact on me. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce him to YOU! In addition to an impressive pedigree in education, Mike has also been an officer in the Army; and he’s been a leader in sales, marketing, and training with the corporate world. More recently… he’s teaching doctoral programs AND doing consulting and speaking… that allows him to work with leaders and teams from many of the world’s top organizations. We’re talking about what it takes to be “Mission Focused” and how we can get there as individuals and as leaders!
Mike’s Website: drmikepatterson.com
Mike’s book: https://www.missionfirstpeoplealwaysbook.com
Mike’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdrmikepatterson
OTHER RELATED EPISODES:
Lindsay Strage: Someone who’s living her MISSION: https://mitchmatthews.com/337
Is being a SPEAKER part of YOUR mission: https://mitchmatthews.com/332
Jess Ekstrom: Someone else who’s LIVING her MISSION: https://mitchmatthews.com/242
MORE ON ARTHUR GUINNESS:
During our conversation, we mention that Mike pointed to the founder of the Guinness Brewery as an example of someone who LIVED true to his MISSION. Here’s a few fun (and inspiring) facts you probably didn’t know!
MORE ON MIKE PATTERSON:
Mike teaches in the doctoral programs at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and California Baptist University.
Wheaton College on a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship While on active duty in Germany, Mike earned a MPA from Troy University. A few years into his business career, he earned a MA in organizational leadership with high honors from Biola University. Followed by a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology. Then Mike completed his doctoral work at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His consulting firm is Ambassador Associates. Their goal is to help clients bridge the gap that sometimes exists between people and performance.
MINUTE BY MINUTE:
0:02 What to expect today 1:20 Conversation starts 2:17 How Mitch and Mike met 6:23 The importance of “seeing” people 9:55 Why your mission truly matters 18:27 You are blessed to be a blessing 19:42 How to get more clear on your vision 24:48 Conflict triggers and how to use them 31:09 Help your team (and yourself) staying on mission 38:31 What Mike wishes he understood sooner 40:05 Mitch’s minute NOW… I want to hear from YOU!
Comment and let me know what stood out to YOU from my convo with Mike.
More importantly… what might be your MISSION for 2022 and beyond?
Here’s some questions to guide you:
What do you want to see more of in 2022? What change do you want to be a part of in 2022? What’s a small but significant step you can take towards THAT… today? Comment and let us know.
What’s YOUR mission for life and/or leadership? And/or why do YOU think it’s important to get clear on your mission? Or… why do you think it’s not? Or… how do YOU get clear on your mission? What questions do you ask yourself? What questions do you suggest for people to help them get clear on THEIR mission? Let me know your thoughts. I can’t wait to hear from YOU!
340: Stop Overthinking and Get It Done! - Jon Acuff
Jon Acuff is a creative force for good. Heck, I’d even call him a creative juggernaut. He’s written 7 NYT bestselling books in the last 11 years… including “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done,” and “START: Punch fear in the face, escape average and do work that matters.” His most recent book is “Soundtracks - The Surprising Solution to Overthinking.” (It’s crazy good!) Guys… 7 books in 11 years? Creatively… that’s like having 7 babies in 11 years. Not only that… but he’s talking with and creating content for a lot of people. He's an INC Magazine Top 100 Leadership speaker and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences and companies around the world. Plus, he’s creating content for his “robust” (total understatement) social media following. Oh… and he’s got his podcast too… “All it takes is a goal.”As he delivers all of this amazing content… he brings powerful tools and strategies… with some serious doses of humor… truth and hope. During our conversation… we’re going to talk about how he creates all of this content AND how he has to apply the strategies from his own book… to bust through the overthinking trap that can shut us all down! It’s a powerful and fun conversation I think you’re going to love! So let’s get to it!
FIND JON ON THE WEBS:
EPISODE MINUTE BY MINUTE:
0:02 What to expect today 1:27 Episode begins 4:30 A look into Jon’s creative process 10:02 Why speaking is perfect for introverts 15:41 Jon’s journaling routine 20:36 How Jon sets his week up for success 27:11 Your key to stop overthinking for good 32:02 Finding your “broken soundtracks” 41:12 Jon’s Doppelganger 42:48 How to add more honest humor to your life 44:43 A new project Jon is working on 50:26 Mitch’s Minute I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Okay… so I shared some of my biggest takeaways during my Mitch’s Minute (which may have been a little bit more like 10 minutes!). How about YOU!? What’s something that struck you from this conversation? I want to hear from YOU!
Somewhere you’ve been overthinking and you need some new “Soundtracks” Something you needed to hear Something that resonated (big or small) Something you TOTALLY agreed with Or… something you DIDN’T agree with at all Or… what’s a NEW “soundtrack” that you’re playing after listening to this convo
Leave a comment and let me know. I can’t wait to hear from YOU!
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