Creating Impact: Exercising Your Freedom to Choose

«It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground  is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.»

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Remember my last blogpost on stimulus and response? That we all just need a space for coming up with a decision and formulate our best response to a given circumstance? I do believe that motion and movement represents a great playground to exercise our capacity for creating such a space and making choices. To communicate this idea I used the diagram below.

S&R   freedom-to-chooseExercising Your freedom to choose

creates an impact with a ripple effect. Let me explain: Towards the end of his book “Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual” F.M. Alexander states:

“Confidence is born of success, not of failure, and our processes in education [should] develop confidence, […] not undermine our confidence and make us unhappy.”

Currently I am reading the book from Geneen Roth “Breaking Free from Emotional Eating”. My partner urged me to read that book, and though I am personally not confronted with eating disorders I really admire her mental discipline and her exercising her creativity that she demonstrates throughout her book.

Her story is one of courage and keen observation and I think she masterfully reasons out and then takes action based on the conclusion she arrived at.  (If I only had had such skills when I was years younger…) I salute Geneen Roth and I hope to have one day the honor to meet her.

To me she is giving another bright color to the experience of success from within. Here is what she has to say in this context:  “Trust develops and builds when I am given a choice – and not (as in dieting all too often) denied it.” Trust develops in consequence of exercising our capacity to choose, and make yourself comfortable – not miserable – and taking care of yourself — rather than going against the way you are made and made to move.

Isn’t she brilliant?  Of course I threw that last part on movement in, just to bring what Geneen Roth says back to a movement context. With Motion Mastery™ I am intentionally creating a place for you to make the experience possible both of creating space between stimulus and response and creating space for yourself.

How many of you have ever experienced being told “Sit up straight!” in one form or another? You surely are not alone! I don’t know about your experience but I have been told this many many times, even in Alexander classes. (and I admit I have even heard my own voice  saying it aloud to some people)

Where Does the Power Lie?

I do believe that it is using one’s reasoning where the real power lies and what makes a well taught lesson in the Alexander-Technique so “sexy”. 

Exercising that muscle between your ears [ = your brains] is just what makes you come alive, curious, explore more possibilities and makes you even more attractive. Trust and confidence develops from experience. The services Motion Mastery™ offers – and ultimately is what I am offering – are experiential lessons, combined with a guidance, derived from a deep understanding of leadership and a clear understanding who is in charge of moving you: you’ve got the power and you alone. Full stop.

In time you will claim your power in your everyday life movements more and more often and you’ll learn and expand your experience and your confidence bit by bit. For your day-to-day life I wish you a happy exploring of your “playground”.

I’ll  sign off with another quote from Eric Hoffer: «In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.»

 Y’all are cordially invited to participate in my September Prize Draw.

FB-Contest-Sept.-2014What are your three topics around movement, habit and change –  that you would like to explore the most? that bug you the most?  that you would give anything if only you could break free from them?

By letting me know you’ll participate in my September Prize Draw.

I am passionate about unlocking people’s health potential. I love to assist you in considering the facts around movement, reasoning out the best movement protocol, implementing it and re-evaluate and improve again, and again, and again, and… again

If you would like to work with me as Alexander Coach for yourself, your team or your department, contact me here, please.

Cheers and sunshine. Till the next time

about the September Prize Draw:

May I request you let me know one or more of your major discomfort(s) at work? The lucky person will win three free Coaching Sessions and  I’m happy to meet in person either in the Greater London Area or somewhere in Switzerland.

Ulf
 

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