Core letter for Hintsa Performance

This is my core letter. It is self-centered. It is supposed to be.

As part of the Hintsa philosophy, they encourage you to write a core letter to help define your Identity, Purpose & Control. It is a very useful task and you can learn more about the Hintsa Circle of Better Life here.

I recommend giving this a go if you’re interested.

Matt Dickens

I am a generalist, an explorer, a student of life and a coach to some highly skilled individuals.

The more I learn the more I realize how little I know.

I’ve not mastered a single craft or trade; instead I pursue knowledge and skills in all areas that may enrich my life; and hopefully the lives of others.

In coaching I encourage people to find their own way and offer them tools and guidance when needed.

I believe in making the most of life’s opportunities. I believe in pushing the limits and breaking the rules to become the best person I can be.

I embrace failure. It is the best way to learn, improve and grow.

I seek flow states as often as possible, mostly through physical activity, extreme sports and mindfulness.

I am athletic but not an athlete. My body is my temple, my vessel, I only have one and I will make the most of it.

I am vegan because I choose not to contribute to the exploitation, suffering and slaughter of animals. It is lonely when few other people share your views. It is tough knowing how many animals suffer and die at our hands. It is hard facing ridicule for something that matters so much. It is uncomfortable having conversations with people who try to justify their actions or ignore the truth. I struggle every time I sit with people eating meat. Yet I am happy with the choices I make because it makes a difference.

I believe our actions shape the world around us. The world’s moral compass has steered off course and it’s important that we live more consciously and compassionately. Reduce consumption, reuse things and recycle waste. Smile, be kind and connect with people.

I believe in being selfish but not greedy. I also believe the best version of me will be the greatest benefit to those around me. I want to be a positive influence on others and I believe that is where my skills lie.

My life is what I make it. It is a choice. I do not believe in fate or a pre written destiny. I am who I choose to be. I will become the sum of my actions and experiences.

I like the idea of free thought but I understand that everything we say is just an opinion and everything we see is just a perspective largely dependent on a lifetime’s conditioning through our environment & education. I try to see different perspectives before choosing my own.

I have a circle of control and don’t worry about what’s outside of that. There will always be obstacles along the way and unwanted circumstances. I’m prepared for that. Shit happens and bad people do bad things. Life would be boring if it was easy. However my thoughts and actions are totally within my control. I choose how I act and respond to whatever life throws at me. I’ll find a solution to every problem and learn as I go.

I appreciate my life everyday. I appreciate my fiancée, she is beautiful inside and out; she makes me a better person and I’m stoked to spend the rest of my life with her. I appreciate being able to walk, run, jump, and swim; to see, hear, feel, taste and smell. I appreciate living in a nice home with more stuff than I truly need. I appreciate living close to the people I love. I appreciate having so many people in my life who I really care about and who care about me. I appreciate having the time to spend with those people doing the things I enjoy. I appreciate having a job that I love and the journey I’ve taken to get here.

I believe I am one of the richest men on Earth. I have my health; loving relationships; a rewarding career, I eat delicious food and enjoy awesome new experiences every single day. I am glad to be me. I will continue to be a positive influence on those around me, enjoying every step of my journey and hope to one day have children to share it with.

Thank you.


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