Expanding on Tuning Into Self, and How I almost ran out of Gas!

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Last week I was driving the Center for Social Change. I’m just about 7 miles driving distance away. I was happily going along my commute, listening to music, enjoy this wonder weather. I did what I normally do when I get in the car: I check how many miles I have left to drive with the tank of gas. It looked like I still had more than a quarter left which was about 170 miles of driving. About half way to the office, the range of gas showed that there was 120 miles left. ‘How could this be?’ I think to myself. “Why is this car wasting so much gas?” I stopped at a gas station and realized that my front tires were almost flat. I took about 5 maybe 10 minutes to put air in them. The car began driving better that before. And now… I was saving myself gas… and energy.

As I drove off I started thinking about how this can apply in life. Life and our bodies showing us indicators and cues that some slowing down is needed to address a need, and sometimes we stop or sometimes we choose to keep driving and complain that there’s a bunch of gas being consumed by the car. We point the finger somewhere else for whatever reason. Perhaps it’s because of not making the time to slow it down and check. Perhaps it seems easier to just keep driving until another more impactful event occurs to totally stop us in our tracks.

In the last video I shared about tuning in and listening to what’s being communicated to us through our senses. How many of us are stopping, even if just for 5-10 minutes to address the signs of a need, the wasting of energy & resources ? What would our energy level be like if we addressed our needs with the level of attention of just 5 possible 10 minutes? What happens when we don’t slow down to check-in?

We can speculate on several what would happen if not, but instead of spending time doing that, I’d like to invite you to check out the assessment for the upcoming Wellness by Design Program. This is the opportunity to do a check-in for yourself.

Here is the sheet where you can access the 7 areas of your wellbeing, and rate yourself on how you are doing in that area now. You can also rate how important it is for you to make changes in that area.

Copy and paste it in a doc or email. After you’re done, feel free to share with me if you’d like.

Wellness By Design Assessment

STEP 1 : In each of these areas, write a rate from 1 to 10 (10 being you feel great about how you are in that area of your life)


  1. How happy are you with your overall health, wellness, and the general state of your physical body?

  2. How would you like to feel about your overall health, wellness, vitality and energy?


  1. How would you rate your overall peace of mind, emotional stability, and minute-to-minute psychology?

  2. How would you like to feel emotionally and psychologically every day?


  1. How would you rate the overall quality of your current intimate relationship? If you are not currently in an intimate relationship, please rate your past or most recent relationship.

  2. How would you like to feel in your intimate relationship?


  1. How effectively do you meet and complete each outcome you set for yourself each day?

  2. How would you like to feel about your personal productivity and performance at home or in your workplace every day?


  1. How happy & fulfilled are you by your work?

  2. How would you like to feel about your career or business?


  1. How comfortable do you feel about your financial situation -- both present and future?

  2. How would you like to feel about your financial status?


  1. How happy are you in your ability to lead, help and contribute to the lives of others?

  2. How would you like to feel about your ability to lead others and contribute to society?

Wellness By Design Assessment

Tuning Into Self