I Got PUNCHED in the Face…

Ever noticed how whenever you try to break out of your comfort zone, there’s always someone who wants to criticize and tear you down?

The more you break out of your shell in life, the more people will be threatened by seeing you reach your true potential.

In this week’s video, I’m going to show that you can FIGHT BACK and choose your own identity once and for all, without having to stress about other people’s opinions.

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42 Replies to “I Got PUNCHED in the Face…”

  • Hi Matt,

    I absolutely love watching your Sunday videos. They are witty , insightful, entertaining, practical, chock full of wisdom, and helpful on so many levels. I’ve come to look so forward to waking up to them on Sunday mornings, So thank you so much for that!

    But I must admit that on this week’s video I think you were slightly off the mark.

    While I do agree with your comment:

    “Most people aren’t comfortable with seeing you make the changes necessary to achieve your dreams.”

    And I also agree that oftentimes the reason is that it robs them of their own excuses. However, I think your boxing example didn’t really tie in with that reason at all.

    As a mother, and as someone who has developed a deep gratitude (and resultant fondness and affection for you,) I hated seeing you with that black eye! I’m with you Jameson! Matt, you’re getting in a ring with someone who’s sole purpose is to bash your skull in and rattle your brain. Twenty percent of professional boxers suffer from CTBI (chronic traumatic brain injury.) In other words, getting hit in the head repetitively ain’t good for your brain. And Jameson and I really like your brain!

    Now, I do believe that a life without passion is not a life worth living, so of course you should continue to pursue your dream despite Jameson’s (or anyone else’s) discomfort with it. All I’m saying is that in this particular example the reason that people in your life who love you, such as Jameson, are trying to discourage you from this particular dream is not to avoid their own excuses. It comes from a place of caring and concern for your well-being. And I think that should be acknowledged before Jameson gets a reputation for being an evil dream crusher ;-)

    That’s about it. Heaps and heaps of thanks for helping me, and women all over the world, to live a happier life. You are a shining star!

  • I said the very same thing to my son the other day ” we can have many different lifetimes within this lifetime”.
    I had an enormous black eye once, I might as well had it tattooed on my forehead this was the state of my relationship. Physically was not so bad, even though I have a small pretty face and it was all you could see, but psychologically awful. Like I was being forced to carry this burden round with me, a stark reminder when I looked in the mirror.
    I’ve moved on and I am happier than ever doing lots of things I love and getting a sense of self back.
    It takes a long time but it’s worth it in the end and it can be done. Be strong everyone out there. And Matthew is a wonderful support with his amazing outlook on life and rare ability to connect with people.
    Kate xxxx

  • Hi Matt-Candy from Omaha
    I’m really not one to post much but I can’t help myself. My goodness you look sooooooooo hot (oops, I mean handsome)in this film. Love the hair!! You kind of told my life story. I’m INFP (Meyers-Briggs) so 96% of the world doesn’t understand me and is constantly trying to change me or tell me there’s something wrong with me. I’m one of those that needs a partner that is extremely intelligent, but also needs to be funny, caring, kind and humble (among other things). There are not that many men that I’ve met that are even close to being in the race(accept for you of course). So I have decided to go about my life, improving myself, believing that there would be someone, someday that I feel is worth putting the effort into. This idea is so foreign to my friends and family but makes perfect sense to me. Can’t wait to see you in Dec. at the retreat. I’m excited but I’m also scared to death of what I’m going to have to face about myself-I’m ready though. As I told you I trust you. Martin’s a hoot and I’m jealous that he’s going to be in San Diego. Hope you can bring him to Florida in December. Can’t wait to see you there. Jamison does a fabulous job in these videos, especially this one. It really touched me.

  • I LOVE the contents in this video! Why? Because I am in a similar place with myself…and Matthew, you just gave me inspiration from this video on my next step, which I feel I’ve been doing for quite sometime now, without realizing it! I HAVE BEEN and continue to move beyond my own boundaries in my life for the last couple of years…and I’ve just recently, in the last season or so, let go of all relationships that no longer resonate to me and through your video realized my commitment with myself is to consistently push myself BEYOND my own comfort zone in ALL areas of my life, ON MY TERMS, and not allow anyone to judge me, etc, unless I allow it…Thank you for sharing yourself and parts of your life! It is INSPIRATIONAL to me!

  • This happened to me growing up. It happened to me in my marriage and it happens to me in some of my friendships.
    I don’t buy into it anymore. BTW I have been boxing for 3 years and I love it! Something I wanted to to do a long time ago when I was married. but was discouraged to do it. When I was a kid I wanted to be a singer but was shut down. When I got older I took lessons and learned how to use my voice. Recently I started grappling because it looked like so much fun. A friend I had at the time was very rude to me about it. She isn’t a friend anymore. I’ve been through too much to put up with immature behavior.
    Ya know what? I’m moving forward to do some other cool stuff like Tango lessons and more!
    I like your videos. Keep on keepin’ on!
    Miss Melanie

  • I really love your videos and articles! I feel like they are always a breath of fresh air in a world that often worships all that woo-woo spiritual weirdness. What appeals to me is that your content is raw, real and honest – you never sugarcoat anything but promote open-mindedness and intelligent discussions. Putting others in boxes or judging someone excessively is ignorant and boring. Rather than seeing the world as black and white, we should embrace that grey bit in the middle much more. That’s what makes a person interesting – a multi-faceted and dynamic personality is a lot more interesting than a one-sided expression of your character. Thanks for the inspiration and keep on creating that amazing, funny and thought-provoking content you already do (The History of ‘The Dick Pic’ is a personal favourite by the way, haha. It’s hilarious!)
    Jess xo

  • OMG! Talk about synchronicity! Thank you for what you do! Ironically enough, I’m not even searching for a man in my life anymore. No, no, it’s not b/c I already have an amazing boyfriend or husband, it’s b/c I have pressing things to deal with right and truly just cannot even make room for a guy right now. However, I still watch the videos that come to my email b/c I always seem to get something out of them because you, Matthew, don’t live inside that “box” that people want SO badly for you to stay in. You simply don’t and I’m very grateful for that and for you! I feel the same exact way right now with MANY people in my life trying to keep me in that colorful, yet oppressive rubix cube of a life…nope…not happening…no way! Going to continue marching to the beat of my own drum. So thank you a million times over for that very insightful video and for all of your videos!!!!! xxxx

  • Loved the video. How many times do people hear that said to them: ‘I didn’t think you were like that/ would say that/ are that type of person; (and a personal favourite) you’re so quiet ‘. I never underestimate anyone. :) xx

  • Different and refreshing video!

    Good for you that you didn’t let people deter you from exploring different avenues for you to express yourself within your work ! I think that most of the time when people try to stop us from doing things differently or going against the norm, it’s connected to their own fears and limitations which they are just projecting onto us.

    Interesting to hear that people thought you shouldn’t be a public speaker or write… wondering where those beliefs came from…

    I hope that your eye gets better very quickly!

  • I liked this video! You made me miss boxing with my brother and dad. :-)
    Boxing is amazing exercise for women as well! You don’t need to do the hardcore version.

    Thank you guys!

  • Hey, I just wondering, what if breaking our stereotype can get us in trouble in our profession. For example, when we are trying something outside of our box like boxing maybe, then it happens that we got that black eye ;). The next day we show up to work and your boss (or in my case,the senior doctors or our patients) have a thought in mind saying this people got themself in trouble. Thus, they send you out or our patients get scared to come again to you because they think that we got into a fight or something .

  • Great advice, Matthew. I love that you don’t let others define you and that you encourage us to be the multifaceted individuals that all of us truly are rather than let ourselves be shoved into narrow, little boxes. I’ve gone to your retreat and it was the most wonderfully, refreshing, and re-energizing experience. Thank you for these videos which re-inspire me because it can be hard to stay on track. And we all need reminders and encouragement.

  • A quick check in the bathroom mirror disabused me of the notion that I was going to be Happy Gilmore. It looked like Predator had stopped over at my place to take a whiz. My lower jaw was hanging in two different directions and most of my lower teeth looked like they were gone.

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