Thursday, October 4, 2012

Walt Hampton Motivates Crowd to Live a Life That Matters

On Wednesday, October 3, the Farmington Libraries hosted author and motivational speaker, Walt Hampton, for an evening of inspiration and encouragement on living a life that matters.

Walt set the stage for the talk by telling three stories that left the audience with three compelling factors in which to consider our lives:

1. Saying No When We Can Say Yes
We are often over-scheduled with professional, personal, familial, and social obligations. At heart, most people are people pleasers and do not want to say 'no.' He emphasized the point that saying no to what does not work in our lives makes it possible for us to say yes to the things that do. He also stressed the importance of knowing our own core values, which further supports saying yes to the things in line with what we value.

2. Find Happiness and Success
At different times in his talk, Walt introduced statistics and other research about happiness. One study has shown that what we think will make us happy -- what we continually strive for -- keeps getting pushed beyond our cognitive reach. The key is to choose happiness in the here and now and not "out there." He says when you choose happiness, success will open up before us.

3. Death 
He struck home with everyone in the audience when he said that we tend to think that we have time to get stuff "right," to lead lives that matter. But those some days and soons never come. At the ends of our lives, what will matter will be our relationships, love, friendships, to feel as though we have lived with no regrets. Every day matters, and we need to make the most of them.  This quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes sums up the idea: "Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out."

Another statistic he shared during his talk claims that nearly 80% of the workforce is unhappy with their jobs, and over 100,000 million people are dissatisfied with some aspect of their lives. He cautions about being so inundated that we do not take the time to design our lives and he stresses the need to create and weave the things that matter to us into our daily activities, which will help sustain us and make us happier in what may feel like the mundane drudgery. "Listen to your heart, it always knows the way."

"Our dreams define us -- it is our essential mission to achieve them."  As an adrenaline junkie who engages in extreme mountain climbing, he emphasized that most of our lives are not lived on the summits, they are lived in the valleys. Living on the edge, taking on the challenges of the summits, is powerful but it is important to be present in the valleys.

His message is this: Live deeply. Live fully. Love well. Find adventure and joy. Revel in audacious possibility. Rediscover the fun in your life. Don't let your dreams die. Give to the world the gifts that are yours alone to give.

Copies of Walt Hampton's book, Journeys on the Edge: Living a Life that Matters, were available for purchase at the event but can also be purchased or downloaded on Amazon.  For more motivational tips or questions for Walt, please consult his web site:

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