Don’t Let Focus on Failure Get in the Way of Progress

looking up at a circular staircase

I read a very interesting blog post on a zero-waste site recently regarding failure. More specifically, our tendency to focus on our (perceived) failures instead of celebrating our successes when trying to make changes in our life.

At first glance, adopting a zero-waste lifestyle and learning and incorporating the Alexander Technique into your life may seem like they have absolutely nothing in common. Continue reading “Don’t Let Focus on Failure Get in the Way of Progress”

The Sensible Tailor

tailors chalk and measuring tape

The only man I know who behaves sensible is my tailor;
he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me.
The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

George Bernard Shaw

I was talking to a fellow swimmer in the hot tub at my local Y this week.

I run into this guy in the pool from time to time and we often chat about various things. He knows that I teach the Alexander Technique but we haven’t talked that much about it.

This week however, he was particularly curious about the Alexander Technique. He asked me, “after enough training is it just on autopilot? Do you automatically adopt proper alignment and stand up straight?” Continue reading “The Sensible Tailor”

Push the Button

Finger pushing a button

I was talking with a student during her lesson the other day. She was lamenting the fact that she often noticed herself slumped forward toward her computer. She wanted to know how to stop herself from doing that.

I started by asking her a bunch of questions about her office setup. Turns out she had an adjustable height desk.

Great! I said.

My standard follow up question when I find out that a student has an adjustable height desk is:

How easy is it to adjust?

All she had to do was push a button and it went up and down. She could stop it anywhere along the way.

Fantastic! I replied.

My next question was:

So, how often do you push the button and adjust the desk during a typical day?

Probably once during the day, she said.


I get absorbed in my work and I forget that I can push the button, she sheepishly explained.

And this is the crux of the problem.

You can have the most wonderful equipment in the world, an office outfitted to allow you to work in a myriad of different positions, to move throughout your workday. But none of it matters if you don’t choose to change your behavior. Continue reading “Push the Button”