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 and shapes the products and the services we buy. It determines the work we do, the careers we select, and the people who we choose to be our friends, lovers, and life-partners.

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

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

Hamlet struggled with deciding how to answer only one question: whether to avenge his father’s death. So in this time of churning, when so much is changing all at once, it’s no wonder if we feel stressed.

But having so much change happening together can actually become an opportunity for us. Because when we can’t hold on to everything it forces us to decide what we really care about and what to let go.

Inner Leadership provides a framework for making those choices, consciously. It helps us decide when to “suffer the slings and arrows” of our outrageous fortune and when to “take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.”

Inner Leadership is a framework for deciding and becoming who we most want to be (and not to be).

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

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

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