ignore this muscle at your peril

With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), many of the tasks we do will be replaced by machines. Even higher level tasks because AI will be able to do them better, faster, and more reliably.

One thing will remain as our currency.

How are you doing with yours?
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this is where your power is

Space: The final frontier.

Those of you who are Star Trek fans may think I’m talking about outer space.

But what I’m really talking about this week is inner space.

There is perhaps no more important frontier for us than to connect with that still point that dwells within each of us. It is the seat of our real power.

How will you carve out space for you this week? Where will you find the silence?

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it week

Yup, it’s that week. The week you’ve been telling yourself lots of stories about. For at least the last month and a half.

I’m talking about “it” week.

Books are written one page at a time. Businesses are grown one relationship at a time. Marathons are finished one stride at a time. Cathedrals are built one stone at a time.

It’s the small steps over time that lead to the amazing outcomes.

What “it” will you begin to work on this week?
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What Will YOU Build?

I was jarred by his words.

I had stopped along the road to chat with my neighbor. Sean was building a stone wall across the front of his property. He had been at it for months; and it was quite beautiful to behold.

He wiped the sweat from his forehead with his dirty hands. “I’m building it to last for 400 years,” he said. “Maybe more.”

400 years? I find it challenging to think about a single day. And planning for the next quarter or just the year ahead? That involves (what I think of as real) heavy lifting.

But isn’t creating something that lasts what we all really crave?

There’s a reason that Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life has sold 32 million copies in more than 50 languages.

We seek purpose.

We want our efforts to have meaning and import.

We want to create a lasting impact in the world.

We want to be remembered.

We want to leave a legacy.

Yet, most of us live out our days reacting to other people’s emergencies, floating across the surface of things, dipping into social media, surfing the web, ticking off endless to-do lists, and using our email inboxes to drive us until we drop.

We’re interrupted or cause ourselves to be interrupted every 3 minutes of the day.

We’ve allowed ourselves to become addicted to the forward motion; we keep on going like hamsters on a wheel.

We’ve allowed ourselves to become addicted to the stimulation and outside input, checking and re-checking our smartphones and our tablets and our emails; responding incessantly to the phone calls and messages and notifications and alerts. Overwhelmed and inundated by the expectations and the deadlines and the demands, we endeavor to pay attention to everything. But succeed only at dwelling in a state of continuous partial attention.

We spend our days – we subsist – in the shallows.

We’ve lost the capacity to do deep work, legacy work, work that lasts.

So my challenge for you as you stand on the threshold of this New Year is to consider Sean’s wall. What work will you do that will last 400 years?

  • Perhaps it’s not about building a stone wall; but rather mending the wall that grown around a relationship.
  • Perhaps it’s the book that you’ve told yourself you’ll write. Someday. Or the art that you want to create; or that song that’s been waiting in your heart for decades to be sung.
  • Perhaps it’s about that experience – that magic moment – you’ve been meaning to create for your child or your partner or your spouse.
  • Perhaps it’s about finally taking the leap into that new career or job that you know will touch the lives of others for generations to come.
  • Perhaps it’s about committing to simple acts of kindness that, like pebbles dropped into a pond, ripple out to touch shores you cannot see.

Whatever it might be, commit this year to move beyond the shallows.

  • Get clear again about what you value most.
  • Connect with your heart (because your heart always knows).
  • Create a clear plan for yourself (understanding that your inbox is someone else’s plan).
  • Reclaim and protect your focus.
  • Abandon once and for all the myth of multi-tasking.
  • Set aside dedicated time to do your legacy work.
  • Have the courage to say “no” to what doesn’t serve what matters most.

The days may be long; but the years are short.

What will you create this year that will stand the test of time?

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When the time is right, when you’re ready to create intentionally the work and the life you absolutely love, let’s connect. Email me: walt@walthampton.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Play

We tend to take our lives very, very seriously. We forget the power of play.

Joy is the gateway to creativity; and play opens us to joy.

That’s what this week’s video is about.

What is pure play for you? And how will you play in the year ahead?

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where your best life is

My photography mentor, Galen Rowell, said that the most compelling images were made on the edges: on the edge of day and night; on the edge of land and sea; on the edge of the clearing storm.

The same might be said for how we live. We are most alive out on the edge. That’s what this week’s video is about. Check it out by going here:

What edges will you explore in the year ahead?

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sabotage

Sometimes we talk ourselves out of doing that one thing that would help us most in the moment.

That’s what this week’s video is about.

It’s curious. It’s one thing to self-sabotage with behaviors like stress-eating or self-medicating. It’s a whole other thing to actively avoid the very remedy that will renew us.

What do you avoid? Scroll down and leave a comment.
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that sucking noise

It’s nearly December. And we’re being pulled into the vortex of time. The maelstrom is all around us! Can you hear it? Can you feel it?

Perhaps it’s just me. But after Halloween, the year just seems to accelerate. And after Black Friday, the days move forward at warp speed. The commitments and the demands and the lists and the expectations and the projects that need to be done – have to get done – before the end of the year seem to mount at a logarithmic rate. And then there are the card lists and the gift lists and the shopping and the holiday parties… .

It’s enough to make one want to jump ship… .

What to do?

Wrong question.

The question is what not to do.

That’s what this week’s video is about.

How will you take care of you during this holiday season?

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