In this episode of Hoots on The Ground, Being Present with Yourself, Lean Builder Nation gets an introduction to the man behind the stories on LinkedIn, Mr. Matt Ohley! (Note: Not OH-LAY!, Oh-lee!)
Being Present with Yourself
Matt talks about the challenges he faced growing up in the legal system! He talks a lot about living in the present time, not in the past and not in the future, but in the present. He goes through how he discovered the importance of the concept of Being Present with Yourself and how he goes about accomplishing this difficult principle.
Matt discusses the real life of working in the trades and giving your body for the project’s sake. He gives us an example of when he was HIM! Hoots prompts Matt to talk more about the time he built an intricate drainage project that he had to take over from someone else.
Matt talks about how he broke through some of the things he suffered. He gets vulnerable about discovering common patterns in his life that he wasn’t fond of and how he challenged his 43-year-old self to make some changes. When he started talking to a professional, he was able to have success with making positive changes in his life.
From there he started to read and learned how to be human and navigate this thing called life! Matt lets the viewers better understand how he was able to deal with his big issues. He recommends a book called The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. “You are not your mind” is one of the major takeaways that Hoots has and is still thinking about as these show notes are being typed up! You are not your thoughts. You can observe and control what you think about. This concept gets easier with practice.
Matt runs us through a practical example of what his days look like. The first thing he does is hit the snooze button at 3:30 am, so don’t confuse him with Jocko or David Goggins! His meditation routine is the most important part of his day to get it in the right mindset and place to take on the day! From barefoot standing on the ground to breathing techniques and cold shower treatments, he has experimented with it all! No matter what, he starts the day by being present with himself!
Hoots and Matt discuss the Hawthorne Effect to increase production within the construction industry. To better understand, tune in to the whole episode to catch some of the wisdom that Matt is laying down.
ABOUT HOOTS ON THE GROUND PODCAST:
The Lean Builder’s absolutely, positively NO Bullshido podcast. Join Host Adam Hoots and his guests as they dig deep into the topics that are relevant to those of us who “get it”: the men and women with the dirty boots, the ones who work in the field, doing the hands-on business of construction each day. Listen in as we keep it real while stories from the trenches are shared along with lessons learned and some laughter along the way.
RESOURCE LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- theleanbuilder.com | Our main blog, book, resources, news & events website
GUESTS FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Adam Hoots | linkedin.com/in/adam-hoots-4645519/ | podcast host for “Hoots on the Ground” and Lean Construction Shepherd with ConstructionACHEsolutions
Matt Ohley | https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-ohley-a89769107/ | Construction Manager, Tampa Division, Ajax Paving Industries of Florida