To be or not to be

Hamlet, deciding whether to be or not to be

At the core of Inner Leadership is an idea, a pattern, a meme that runs invisibly through almost every aspect of our culture. It drives our advertising. It shapes the products and services we buy. It determines the work we do, the careers we choose, and the people we select as our friends, lovers, and life-partners.

This is the pattern that gave Shakespeare his most famous line, “To be, or not to be.” It is the idea that summarises the defining mantra of the most powerful nation on Earth, the American Dream that “You can achieve anything you want to.” It is the universal structure of the Hero’s Journey that runs through Star Wars, Casablanca, Breaking Bad, and almost every spellbinding, bestselling story ever told: the idea that one day we might grow to fulfil our destiny, our identity.

Who we think we are determines the clothes we wear, the cars we drive (or don’t), the foods we eat, the friends we choose, and the way we vote. It shapes the actions that we choose to take: whether we follow the road less travelled or the well-worn path.

And in a time of churning, when so many things are changing all at once, the reason we can find life difficult is less because we have so many changes to deal with and more because some of those changes seem to threaten our very identity. Who we are in the world.

Hamlet struggled with handling only one question: whether to seek revenge for his father’s death. So when we are faced with so many major changes, in technology, politics, society, the economy, and environment, it’s no wonder if we feel stressed.

Inner Leadership provides a framework and a set of tools for working through these changes: deciding what matters and what does not, and how to address it. Inner Leadership enables us to decide “whether to suffer the slings and arrows” of our outrageous fortune or “take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.”

Inner Leadership helps us turn this time of change into an opportunity: to get clearer on what matters most to us and then become stronger and more focused at achieving it. A framework and tools for deciding and becoming whatever you want “to be (or not to be).”

Would you like to learn not just how to survive this time of change but to how thrive because of change?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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