Hello March!  March is usually associated with New Beginnings. Instead of focusing on the external, we are going to focus on the internal and our MINDSETS.  After all, it is the mindset that drives behaviour. Your daily life is made up of moments and before you enter each moment, the brain creates a thought or a belief or feeling or attitude. This in turn creates a certain response to the way in which we react at that moment in time.

Let us look at an example:

Your leader or boss or even co-worker gives you critical feedback in respect of your performance. The mindsets that could trigger could be any of the following;-

  1. I think that my work or attitude is perfectly okay, and no further improvement is needed.
  2. I do not think that my deliverable was great, and I need to improve on that.
  3. I think my deliverables were acceptable, but I also think that I can improve on that.

Taking the above responses into account, what could the response be in terms of each of the above thoughts? Which of these mindsets do you think will take you to the next level of self-improvement and self-development? It will most definitely be the 3 rd mindset. This is the mindset that will bring about growth and further long-term development.

It is important to take moments to look internally and to be self-aware to prevent negative behaviour or less productive mindsets. The good news is that we can override the tendency of primal emotional reactions. There are 8 primary emotions. You are born with these emotions wired into your brain and it causes your body to react in certain ways and creates certain urges when the emotion arises.

These primary emotions are:

  • Anger: (fury, outrage, wrath, irritability, hostility, resentment and violence)
  • Sadness: (grief, sorrow, gloom, melancholy, despair, loneliness, and depression)
  • Fear: (anxiety, apprehension, nervousness, dread, fright, and panic)
  • Joy: (enjoyment, happiness, relief, bliss, delight, pride, thrill, and ecstasy)
  • Interest: (acceptance, friendliness, trust, kindness, affection, love, and devotion)
  • Surprise: (shock, astonishment, amazement, astound, and wonder)
  • Disgust: (contempt, disdain, scorn, aversion, distaste, and revulsion)
  • Shame: (guilt, embarrassment, chagrin, remorse, regret, and contrition)

Other emotions could be a combination of those mentioned here, and there are many more, which are not wired into our bodies and brains but are learned from our families, our culture, and others.

The key is to figure out what the primary emotion is or what is at the root of your reaction so that you can take an action that is more constructive. This is not an easy task and people often fail because the focus is too much on behaviour rather than the main driver, which is MINDSET. A mindset shift needs to take place first before a change in behaviour can occur.

How can Pilates help improve your health?

Incorporating Pilates into your fitness routine can offer numerous benefits. A few of these include improved coordination, increased muscular strength, enhanced flexibility, greater bodily alignment, and increased cardiovascular health.

Improved coordination is one of the primary benefits of pilates, as it increases communication between your brain and body. As a result, you are able to strengthen your proprioception and develop better balance. Additionally, incorporating pilates into your fitness routine will also help to increase muscular strength in different parts of the body, such as your core, shoulders, back and hips. These exercises also help to improve flexibility and bodily alignment, which will further enhance your performance in any fitness activity.

In addition to physical benefits, incorporating pilates into your fitness routine can also help improve mental health. Pilates exercises are designed to be focused and mindful, allowing you to gain greater awareness of your body. This calming effect helps reduce stress and anxiety levels as well as promote overall mental well-being. Practising pilates can also help sharpen concentration and focus, allowing you to stay in the present moment. Additionally, being mindful of your body during these exercises can help reduce negative self-talk and boost confidence. By engaging in pilates regularly you can cultivate greater self-esteem and a positive mindset.

For more information on the health benefits of pilates, you can read this blog article here: Health Benefits of Pilates I realized at Pilates Dynamics

Take a moment to think about your mindset and reaction to a specific moment. Perhaps you can take a course in Reflective listening skills?  Listening is following the thoughts and feelings of someone and understanding what the other is saying from his or her perspective.  It is hearing and understanding and then letting the other know that he or she is being heard and understood, which is useful in a variety of situations. In general, reflective listening is useful in conducting any difficult conversation with someone else.

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