Hello friends,

This is the second monthly update. It feels like it should be the 72nd. Mindwalker Training is the result of years of work, so maybe that’s fitting.

December’s theme was habits. This is the best time of year to start thinking about yours. Whether or not you write New Year’s Resolutions, the holiday period was a chance to mix everything up. Spending time with your loved ones away from work – it’s enough to break old habits and make new ones (whether you meant to or not). If you feel like you’re in a rut, the good news is that you can always change – and just because it’s January, that doesn’t mean it’s too late.

Habits are powerful. They already control your life. They get you to where you need to go safely and quickly. Your expertise comes from habits telling you what’s important and what’s not. You communicate differently with different people – something you rarely have to think about. Since they are so influential, taking the time to master your habits pays off.

Successful people have great habits. This is not a coincidence.

New courses

No new courses for December. This isn’t because I’m slacking off – I’m busier than ever. One of the courses I’m working on is a huge body of work. Another is not the sort of thing you launch in December, when everyone is winding down and thinking of the holidays.

Let me just say: 2017 is going to be huge for Mindwalker Training. I can’t wait to experience it with you.

New blog posts

The Habits series tells you everything you need to know about analysing, stopping, changing and starting habits.

Every new skill you learn… talks about the clear link between skills and success. Yet if it’s so obvious, why don’t people pursue learning with the same vigour they use to imagine success?

Book recommendations

One habit that I have is reading. I devour books, especially the sorts of books that improve your life. I share a few books each month but I’m not worried about running out – I have dozens of amazing books on my shelf.

I have mentioned Duhigg’s The Power of Habit many times, and I shall do so again. It’s thorough, well-researched and – above all – entertaining. I cannot recommend it enough.

Talking of habits references the idea that our brains run on autopilot. We always feel like we’re in control, even when we’re not (which is most of the time). If this idea is new to you, or if you’re still not convinced, there’s a book you need to read. If you recall this idea when prompted, but don’t live as if it’s true, it will especially help. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a fascinating tour of human decision-making. It will explain human behaviour – including your own – in a way that assuming everyone is rational fails to do. What could be more valuable than learning how people think?

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December was a thrilling month. Here’s to January, whose theme is PURPOSE. Stay safe and learn well.

William Batten
January, 2017