The Alexander Technique

With Lisa DeAngelis

Inside Jobs

Living our best life. Walking our walk and talking our talk. We are fortunate to be surrounded with many current trends (like yoga, the "mindfulness" movement, a shift in cultural views related to exercise and activity, even organic and sustainable products and food) that support wellness in efforts to help us lead a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life. 

So, some food for thought: 

"We speak about being healthy and our well-being, but we act more like human doings rather than human beings, and therefore instead of to-do lists, we need to-be lists. Do you want to be more self aware? Do you want to be more conscious? ...it's actually an inside job."

I love this quote. It's taken from a Huffington Post article about "happiness" featuring motivational philosopher Jay Shetty. (Full video can be found in the article.) He puts it so eloquently and really, so simply. And it really makes me think. 

"Inside Job" is an interesting way to phrase our call to action. More interesting to me is what that phrase actually implies. Sure, we can change our approach or our thinking. Maybe even start to address the way we approach The idea of an "inside job" means we can and should come back to the tools we possess to be in control of our lives and our choices, and by doing so, understand we have the ability to influence the result.

The temptation is to identify the 'thing' that's missing and then do more. Effort more, or work harder. Sometimes, even having accomplished something, things still just don't seem to "fit." So, we do more. Make another list and get to it. And so the daily, weekly, or even yearly grind continues on. What does this do to our growth as individuals, aiming to reach our full potential?

Do we ever leave time to stop, look inside and really assess the situation? What is we could realize that we don't have to make any more to-do lists, but actually focus more on being.

So this week, make it an inside job. Scrap your to-do list and ask yourself how you can access the "to-be" list. My guess is, if you stop and notice it, it's already there (along with what you need to achieve it). Tapping in might actually might be the most powerful tool we can draw upon to allow us to achieve life the way we want and deserve. 

To be or not to be: that is the question.