EVERYTHING I DO FROM NOW ON, WILL BE FOR THE TWO OF US
In this week's podcast, we sat down with Carpenter and founder of the Human Connection Project, Matt Boyce. Boycie made the move over to Brisbane from Perth in his late teens chasing a professional football dream. However, Instead of an NRL contract, Boycie found himself a best mate, Justin, who very quickly became like a brother. Over the course of five years, the pair forged an incredibly strong mateship. However, a tragic surf trip accident led to Justin sustaining a head injury that ended his life. This tragedy was the catalyst for taking Boycie into an emotional decline, battling grief and depression at the same time. In the two years following, Boycie realised just how important having a solid and genuine human connection was to his state of mind and how desperately he was missing it in his own life.
Boycie recognised through his own mental health struggles that Australians are spending increasingly less time connecting with one another which is gravely impacting our mental health. As we have become busier and more digitally connected than ever, we have become the most socially disconnected generation in human history. The act of connecting and enjoying a conversation with family, friends and acquaintances has become somewhat of a lost art. The Human Connection Project exists for one simple reason, to bring back the art of connection.
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WHAT KOKODA IS ALL ABOUT
For Glen, completing the Kokoda Trail 79 times is not about fueling his ego. It's about the people. Connecting with the people on the experience with Glen became the ultimate goal.
Second to this, mindfulness is the second best thing. Sitting in your thoughts and being detached from the outside world allows you to make decisions on things you probably already have the answer to. Kokoda forces that on you.
SMALL FIGHT, SMALL FIGHTER
For many, social media is a way to escape a shitty situation in their own lives. Whether that be a bad work situation, relationship or whatever it may be.
f used well social media an be a good thing, but if you aren't feeling good about yourself, it can have the reverse effect. There are plenty of good people you can follow who can light your fire. If your fire isn't blazing with the people you follow on social media, cut them out now, the Kardashians won't even notice.
Change is bloody uncomfortable. The biggest addition in the world is not drugs, alcohol or sex, it's comfort.
In this modern world, we have become so accustom to technology and how easy everything is. Food delivered to your door, online shopping, you don't even have to switch a light on anymore, just ask Siri, Alexa or ole mate Google.
The best thing you can do to counteract this right now is to get off your arse and go and pick your dinner up from the restaurant that is 400m away.
IT'S NOT MY FAULT!
Everything that happens to you, is your responsibility or you had a responsibility in that happening. By taking responsibility for everything that happens to you, you have control on your outcome.
Taking ownership is the first step of learning from a situation, looking at your reaction and questioning your decisions is the next.
You can't make the same mistake twice because the second time it is an informed decision as you already know the outcome.
HERE IF YOU NEED!
I don't know what I want? I don't know what my goals are? I don't know what I want to achieve?
Alot of people are not clinically diagnosed with depression or anxiety however can feel sad, depressed or anxious and this can cause them to be what is most commonly described as "being in a rut".
Glen Azar encourages you to just take an action. - within in the next 24hours. Just take a small step to make a change, it doesn't have to be a big one. Just move forward in any positive decisions you make.
WHAT IS THE SCORE BOARD THEORY?
On a daily basis Matt uses the scoreboard theory, one he developed himself, that works for him. The Home Team is you and the positives in your life and the Away Team is everything else in life that is seen as negative.
WHY IS HUMAN CONNECTION SO IMPORTANT?
For Boycie, his darkness was caused by a lack of human connection. He was struggling with grief from the death of his best mate, Justin. He pushed everyone away and lost all connections and friendships, leading to his deep depression.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PURPOSE AND MEANING?
Well this might rub people the wrong way...
Boycie effing HATES the word purpose. Media, parents, self help book have told us to find your purpose. Instead of purpose, we should be pushing for passion.
MATT BOYCE TALKS US THROUGH HIS WHY
Born and raised in Perth, Boycie was the one facilitating the positive mental health convos during the tool box meeting.
After moving to Brissy, chasing the footy dream before realising he wasn't that good, he met his soul mate in a best friend, Justin. Tragically, Justin lost his life due to a surfing accident and that kicked off a very steep spiral downwards.
Suddenly, Matt wasn't the one facilitating the positive toolbox chats.
WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT TO GET YOU OUT OF THE HOLE?
'"F*#k, I'm not going to be a level 3 person sitting here in my cave!"
For Boycie, a conversation with Justin before he passed away pulled him out of his downward spiral and stopped him from taking his own life.
A LITTLE ABOUT BOYCIE
Matt Boyce, 27, left school in year 10, and now is the driving force behind a multi-layered enterprise seeking to lower suicide statistics in Australia and get people talking about mental health.
“I didn’t learn a single thing around mental health at school, I learnt capital cities of places I will never go to. Eight Australians take their lives every day and it's creeping up to nine. Now we are seeing kids as young as five take their own life, I couldn't sit around and watch that grow.”
Five years ago, after the death of his best mate in a surfing accident, the Brisbane-based Boyce hit rock bottom himself. “I found myself in a socially isolated place, I lost everyone in my life,” he said.
His salvation grew out of initiating small catch-ups with people, connecting through shared meals, and slowly restoring relationships with friends and family.
CHECK OUT THE HUMAN CONNECTION PROJECT HERE.
ALL ABOUT CHRIS MCINTYRE
After finishing high school, Ollie moved to Northern India where he taught English within a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. While here,he was enchanted by and immersed himself into the Tibetan and Indian culture. This is where Ollie developed his passion for Yoga and Meditation practice.
Upon returning to Australia, Ollie started a business economics degree at Melbourne Uni however it wasn't long before his true passion of learning about the human body pulled him back in made the decision to switch degrees to Physiotherapy.
Ollie now is both a practising Physiotherapist and yoga instructor and is still passionate about learning and mindful living.
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