🧬 You are SENTIENT ⚖️ Fulfilment is Your Endgame ❤️ Define, Weight, & Apply Your Values ♾ 184.2 Years / $4.7 Billion Saved for Individual & Organizational Clients 👤 Allen Funston, P.Eng, MBA, LSSBB 🌎 Sentient Process Network Theory
After having been the first person in the world to track their Macro-Attention 24/7 for over a year (as of Aug 15, 2019), I’m committing to tracking my Micro-Attention. I am studying my own attention to support others through the emerging Attention Economy, as part of my much larger effort to eradicate the problem of Regret from our lives.
Mike Pratt (a good friend) and I reflect on what I learned from tracking my attention 24/7 for 1 full year (Aug 2018-2019). We then brainstorm what should be next, and conclude the following evolutions: micro-attention (thought) tracking instead of macro-attention (context/action), regular documentation of my journey and how I'm feeling emotionally (the whole point, really), tracking my emotional state (thinking 4 daily scores for 4 core emotion dimensions: Joy/Sadness, Trust/Disgust, Anger/Fear, Surprise/Anticipation), creating free self-guided documents to help others achieve "Good" results while scaling my impact and generating interest in Mastery (paid consulting services for individuals and organizations), then reflecting on what's working and iterating. Let's see how this goes!
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*** “How much longer would you need to live to be willing to forget these insights on fulfilment and this process of making regret-proof decisions?” ***
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On July 3, 2019, I returned to the University of British Columbia (UBC) to deliver a talk titled, “Save Years with Sentience” to current students in the program from which I graduated in 2007, Engineering Physics. The talk achieved two goals: 1) teaching the audience how to think about fulfilment in each of their lives in a practical, actionable way, and 2) guiding the audience through a process of defining/weighting what each valued in life such that they could use it to make regret-proof decisions and balance their short-term schedules in a fulfilling way.
Hacks won't make you do
What you don't want to do
Tactics, Techniques, Technologies
Save minutes here and there.
But not for long.
Eventually, hacks will not work,
Because you don't care about the work.
There is a better way.
Do what you love.
Do it on the side at first.
Cut your expenses.
Practice until you're a Pro.
Feel happy starting today,
with the process,
of doing what you love.
It will you save you years.
You always have.
Your most important tribe,
is not the most exclusive;
It is the most inclusive.
You are Sentient.
We all are,
yet we each value different parts of life,
to different degrees.
Your unique combination,
of skills, experiences, and values,
are useful to achieve,
our tribe's shared goals.
We NEED you,
to BE you.
Learn your self,
Practice your self,
Be your self.
#love #life #time #selfawareness #empathy #video #motivation #inclusion #diversity
WHY are you here?
The ONE and only decision you must make.
- Who you are;
- Where you're going;
- How you'll get there; and
- What will you do...
... will ALL evolve with time.
Once you decide why you are here, every decision you encounter will already be made, because your criteria will have already been set.
Rise above temptation. Rise above the drama, the noise, the irrelevant to why you're here. Live intentionally or suffer the excruciating pain of regret.
Why are YOU here? 👇
#sentient #process #network #theory #time #coach #consultant #why #decisions #regret #give #service #video #future
A story about my 3yo son's whining phase, how we as adults can mature out of it, and how we as parents can support our children's development through it.
Did you whine? Do your kids?👇
#sentientfuture #sentient #process #network #theory #intentionalliving #love #life #time #empathy #emotions #emotionalintelligence #coach #consultant #kids #children #parent #teach #whine #complain #anger #sadness #support #growth #selfdevelopment #mature #video
Today I interview Sydney Centell, a California-based life coach who shares what coaching is (and is not), what problems it solves, and how it's her version of employing her natural skillsets. I really think you'll enjoy how thoughtfully she speaks, how empowering her "conversation with yourself" approach is, and her engaging Instagram presence where she regularly asks questions that will get you thinking!
My 2.5yo son exclaimed this morning, "My pants are not on backwards!", taking stock of the simple things in his life that were going well and how they foreshadowed a good day. What simple things ARE going well for you? What do they allow you to focus on?
The dangers of crying wolf, as a reflection of my 2.5 year-old twins' development. Let's break down exactly why crying wolf is a poor idea. #intentionalliving #sentient #process #network #theory #trust #life #love #parent #kids #toddler #twin #truth #trust #honesty #lies #danger #coach #consultant
Saved 7 YEARS in others' lives, Life Goal 1: "Fully Intentional Life" DONE!
As of Jan 1 / 2018, 81% of my life since birth had been scheduled. I'd lived it intentionally (per my values). 19% (55,203 hours) had not. Having had no plan for that time, it became my Intentional Living Deficit.
As of Jan 1, I stopped adding to the deficit, having begun to schedule and track 100% (24/7/365) of my Time (and now Attention!).
Life Goal 1? - Live a "Fully Intentional Life" by creating 55,203 hours of intentional time in OTHERS' lives, per what THEY value, and reduce my deficit to ZERO.
In less than ONE (1) year, I've saved over SEVEN (7) years (61,395 hours) in others' lives, per what THEY value, reported by THEM! In this progress report, I'd helped my client Stefan save 2 YEARS (17,520 hours) of his life over the course of a deep, 3.5-hour conversation, according to him.
This milestone means SO much to me that I'm crying tears of JOY! 🤧
But I'll NEVER be done.
Life Goal 2? A "Fully GIVEN a Life":
Create an 80-year (~700,000-hour) SURPLUS of Intentional time in others' lives (roughly my Life Expectancy). TIME is our universal currency, and I'm giving all of YOU the equivalent of my life, for what YOU value, by offering guidance on how to define what YOU value and live accordingly.
Thank you for your time and attention. I will ALWAYS strive to be worth it. Until next time...
I discuss three issues often present in the programs offered by MLM / Network Marketing firms as it relates to living intentionally (i.e. per what YOU value). Woukd this be a positive chapter in your life, or not? What are you optimizing and is this the best you can do?
Document or Create? BOTH! The Sentient Process Network Theory intentional living framework is a huge source of original content and it allows me to comment relevantly on trending topics as well as create evergreen content. Documenting is useful to show examples, successes, and struggles in my own life related to living intentionally. I'm hoping these stories bring us closer together and that they inspire you to want your life to be intentional badly enough too!
My foundational body of work, the "Sentient Process Network Theory" Intentional Living framework, is done. You can download the full PDF for free on my website: SentientFuture.Earth. Its scope is immense, and that's why there is so much detail. Over the coming months, I'll explain each part and it will make increasingly more sense. The integrations and connections were too valuable for me to not give you the whole idea for free, upfront. I hope that it opens your eyes and mind to what it means for you to live intentionally per what you value such that you live life without regret. Thank you for your time and attention. Live intentionally.
EP 69 - Sentient Intention Project. Inaugural results. Reduction of my 55,203-hour intentional living deficit (19% of my life so far unscheduled) by 779 hours by creating intentional time in a client's life. New deficit: 54,424 hours. Connect for free consultation. I can help you create intentional time in your life too, asking nothing in return but your reporting your achieved number to me. Until next time, live intentionally!
EP 68 - AI and How the Sentient Worldview Prepares Us for It. We need to get good at controlling our time and attention NOW. AI will get increasingly better at capturing it in the future because of the war for it that the attention economy will create. Please think about what you value! Write it down. Focus on it. For the sake of your future self and those you care about, focus on it!
EP 67 - Soul = Network of Selves at Different Times. A breakthrough in v2.0 of the Sentient Worldview. Initially struggled with soul's seeming indivisibility. Added dimension of Time to resolve the problem. See our Selves at Different times as different from our present Selves, worth knowing, and worth doing right by. Can be done specifically/practically while maintaining the major themes of the "soul" in philosophical literature. Reminder, "soul" used as a category name here for simplicity/familiarity regarding personal parts of life often associated with individuality/personality. Makes no assumption of an actual soul, as that is not currently a widely accepted scientific belief.
What if, by extending the idea of the Sentient Worldview and applying scientific methods/research from a variety of fields, empathy and giving could be PROVEN to be optimal long-term behaviours? Would that convince people to collaborate? Could it dramatically shift the direction of our global culture towards peace and understanding? Would love your thoughts!
Kurt Smock, from the "Life with Kurt" Anchor.fm station was very kind to take the time to interview me on the Sentient Worldview and how its neutrality has the power to unite us while preserving the personal identities we hold so dear.
Pride is to your goals as Fulfilment is to your process. Rather than maximize it like you do fulfilment though, pride is about balance. Balanced pride is self-confidence and self-reinforcing. It boosts your rate of progress through positive feedback without you slowing/stopping either due to basking in your own glory or due to wallowing in self doubt.
Regret is the pain we feel when we reflect on our past and wish we had done something differently. It can come from your decisions or your actions, but these are separate from the outcomes. Regret CAN be eliminated. Learn how!
How is gratitude practical? Our mood/optimism, our continued work ethic because we realize we aren't owed anything, and an improved bond with others by demonstrating we do not waste what we have been given or what we have earned.
A deeper look at common time-management advice... When it makes sense and when it doesn't. The importance of mindfulness in your decisions to spend time. Email, Energy Management, and Multitasking. What behaviours create the most value?
There are many mindsets we can each decide to employ in a given situation. What are some examples and pairs of opposing mindsets? Is it possible for your mindset to be your goal? Initially I was skeptical but a younger person may have changed my mind. Listen to find out why and whether that is how you think!
What is our mindset? Can we influence it or is it predetermined? Is it necessarily a means to different ends in our life, like our goals/journey, or could our mindset possibly be an end unto itself? This question has changed my opinion. Will it change yours?
Legacy is leaving value for others. Our universal currency is time. To maximize your legacy, measure how much you 1) increase others' life expectancy, 2) save others' time, and 3) increase the quality of others' time. My target legacy: 1) unlock enough of others' time to offset the 6.3 years of my 33.2 so far that were not scheduled/intentional = "net positive life" (good legacy), or 2)... to offset my entire life expectancy (~80y) = "fully gifted life" (better legacy), or 3)... to offset as many equivalent lifetimes as possible = "multi-gifted life". Think about your legacy in the context of the time you will unlock or improve for others. What will your legacy be?
Why filling your calendar with what you care about is less scary than leaving blanks and leaving your finite time to chance. Also, my personal commitment to filling my calendar, tracking my time in detail, and measuring how much they match to measure how intentionally I am living.
Paying attention to what has our attention, instead of paying attention to our actions. Explores attention as the measure of the quality of the time we spend. Time differs from money, as currency, in this concept of quality. There is a huge opportunity in mastering our attention, when everyone else wants it.
Is our default working speed optimal? Can we afford to speed up our mundane routines and unlock time for accomplishing the goals we truly value? Working faster is more time-efficient, but is it necessarily less energy-efficient? If we control speeds downsides, what might it's upsides be?
Accountability is owning your behaviours and results. Failure is a mistake in your behaviour, not a disappointing result. Failure occurs when you don\u2019t apply one or more of the six fundamental life skills in the Sentient Worldview, a structured version of the popular, modern growth mindset idea. This cultural shift permits greater accountability from individuals and improves collaborative bonds which are inherently fulfilling, the point of intentional living.
What is the difference between mentorship, coaching, and therapy? When would a mentor benefit you? How do you show respect and gratitude for a mentor\u2019s time? Consider learning how to mentor from your mentor (among other things), so that you can pay it forward in time.
Utility is not practicality. It is a measure of how useful something is when compared to what you value. You can value far more than objective, hard achievements. You can value play, joy, family, yourself. Have you thought about what you value? Have you ranked your values? Are you acting intentionally in alignment with them? Have you noticed how great you feel when you do?
Rant - Frustration with math errors in an important app\u2019s average calculations. TL;DL - Check your work and get comfortable with vulnerability and get your work peer reviewed. Measure twice cut once.
Thoughts on maintaining functional strength using body weight exercises and tests to intelligently minimize the time spent exercising. Unlocks time to be spent on other priorities while avoiding diminishing returns that come with pro-level commitments, which don\u2019t apply for most of us. Setting of personal strength and endurance goals in this episodes as well, specifically for push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats, and running.
Summary of the Sentient Worldview intentional living framework. Concludes content Phase 1. Phase 2 will be more social, interactive, and focused on others\u2019 examples of intentional living. Stay tuned!
3rd topic of 5th skill in Sentient Worldview (Making Decisions): Risk & Uncertainty. Known vs. unknown \u201cunknowns\u201d. Using \u201cexpected values\u201d of risks to make option scoring more accurate.
1st topic of of 5th skill of Sentient Worldview (Decision): Decision Methods. Describes 6 methods, their pros/cons, typica uses, and how \u201cdeciding how to decide\u201d helps us live more intentionally.
A heartfelt and encouraging call-in from Kurt Smock, an early and avid supporter who\u2019s mission is also to help people win in their lives and was kind enough to deliver the 1000th clap on this podcast.
5th topic within 4th skill of Sentient Worldview (Interpreting with Reason): Probability. Know the basics. Guard against risks. Understand the \u201cgame\u201d you\u2019re playing. Don\u2019t bet what you can\u2019t lose.
Interview featuring Domo Sama, US college basketball player-turned-coach, on living intentionally. In Domo\u2019s words, acting \u201cOn Purpose, for a Purpose\u201d, and how he inspires players on and off the court
Today we cover Joy and Sadness, the first of four pairs of opposite emotions in Robert Plutchik\u2019s \u201cwheel of emotions\u201d model. The goal is to better identify these emotions to improve our empathy.
Self - Soul - Part 1 \u2022 Self - Soul - Part 2. Final part of the Sensing Self step within the Sentient Worldview, aimed at understanding how your soul operates and living your purpose intentionally.