How Michael Hyatt Changed Everything For Me

Michael Hyatt changed my life.

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I never thought it was possible for a blogger to have the impact on me that Michael Hyatt did last month. I knew the moment I read it that it was going to change my life, but I had no idea how much. The post was entitled A Question That Changes Everything.

I’ve tried to and tried to excerpt his post or to condense it down and cannot. In order to understand this post, you must read his post first.

Now that you have read his post (you haven’t you?), you can begin to understand my comment on his blog that I left two minutes after reading it:

Wow Michael. I have never had that perspective. In fact, it’s hard for me to even imagine right now. I prefer to think of all the negatives.

I KNOW intellectually that everything happens for a reason. I know that God can bring good out of the most absurd circumstances. But it’s easier to wallow in self-pity.

Thank you, Michael. You’ve given me something very important to consider and work on. Your post may very well have changed my life and vastly improved my marriage and more…

I believe I owe you eternal gratitude.

You may be thinking: “Eternal gratitude? C’mon Matt, you’re taking it a bit far aren’t you? No disrespect to Michael Hyatt, but that is not exactly a new concept.”

You’re right, it’s not. But there was something about Michael’s particular story that hit me hard.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a negative person and an over-reactor. Everything bad that has happened to me was clearly an unfair and unnecessary event as if God Himself had decided (cue up deep, slightly British, overacting aspiring thespian, God-sounding voice), “Matt will now stub his toe, which will lead to him cursing me, kicking the car door, and thus, ruining his morning.” I’ve spent more time mad at inanimate objects than I care to recall and more time mad at people than I care to admit. I’ve allowed whatever joy, whatever positive feelings, whatever love I’ve felt to be stripped away by circumstances. By circumstances!

Michael says to ask the question, “What does this experience make possible?” When I was thrust into an unwanted role when a friend stepped down as CEO, it wasn’t fair. But looking back on it, it set me up for what I am doing today, which is greatly benefiting my family. When I was laid off because of financial mismanagement, it gave me the opportunity to leave the safe job for my own consulting business paying twice as much (and that I enjoy much more too!). My pain made those things possible.

I haven’t even begun to fully grasp this concept. I certainly haven’t perfected the practice of it. I’m pretty sure any change that has resulted from reading his post hasn’t begun to show to the others around me. But Michael’s words are ringing in my ears and I am trying to remember his question every time something that I perceive as negative happens to me.

Michael, I am truly eternally grateful for your post. I do believe that your words started the process of making me a new husband, a new father, a new friend, and a more devoted follower and lover of my Creator. Thank You.

Two Questions today:

What is something you’ve read or heard that completely changed everything for you?

How do you react to negative events or situations? Do you apply Michael Hyatt’s question, “What does this experience make possible?”

OK, that was technically three questions.

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  • I was convicted by that same post and also the book QBQ: The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller. It can be automatic to sink into the “why me?” mentality, but some of the most wonderful things in my life have happened as a result of something I perceived at the time as awful. And I’m a better, stronger person now because of it, just like you. Thanks for the great post and perfect Monday reminder!

    • QBQ was the same for me.

      This post and the original from Michael are going to be re-read many, many times each month for me. I have a feeling I am going to need the reminder a LOT!

    • Same for me too. Great book.

  • At the risk of sounding cliche, the Bible changed my life. So has pain. I have learned so much through failure and miscomings. We all gain wisdom if we keep perspective in mind.

  • The Prayer Circle by Mark Batterson had a profound impact on me – changing the way I apply prayer to my everyday life.

    • I’ll have to check that book out Jon!

      Thanks for sharing.

  • I remember that post as well. I can’t say it impacted me quite as much as you. Thanks for sharing!

  • Funny how these things happen. This week I will present a mini-version of EntreLeadership at my work. It’s a very condensed 1 hr session for the members of my team and our manager. It’s not ONE thing I’ve read or heard. It’s 30+ books, hundreds of blog posts and 30 some podcast episodes from EntreLeadership and it’s connecting channels that definitely have changed everything for me.

    I have a pretty positive outlook in life. In the past eight years I’ve moved to a foreign country, lost my father-in-law, was unemployed for about nine months, moved six times and lost my dad to cancer and my mother-in-law to complications of an injury. Talk about lots of change in a little period of time!

    These situations are painful, but they are also part of life. Most of them were beyond our control. How do I react to them? With trust and faith that God knows what he’s doing and I’m not anyone to tell him otherwise.

    These experiences have made possible for me to witness the depth and width of my Father’s love, who weeps with me and wipes my tears away.

    Thanks for a great post!

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  • I wrote it on a post it note and I will carry it with me to remind me to reprogram my first reaction when I have an oportunity to be negative.

  • Sorry for the type o typing to fast

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