This week, when you are in your Physically Fit Room, I invite you to Be Intentional.
So what does that mean? It means that as you are having interactions throughout your day, be intentional with how you hold your body.
Research has shown why some children are more likely to be bullied than others. What they found when looking at the body language of those children was that their shoulders tended to be rounded, their eyes tended to be looking down, and they just didn’t exude confidence. When researchers started to empower those children with ways they could hold their bodies differently and intentionally hold their bodies with a sense of owning their power, they were less likely to be bullied.
My invitation to you, whether you are or aren’t being bullied, is to ask yourself “How do I want to show up in my day”. Things like how you stand and how you walk are really important. You might wonder why your neck, your shoulders, or your lower back hurt. What you don’t realize is that sometimes you literally carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
I invite you to stand up and roll your shoulders back. It feels great, right? Now add in some nice deep breaths from your belly. Then bring your shoulders back and hold them there. Imagine a string coming from the top of your head and going way up into the sky. Now you’ve elongated your rib cage and are getting a full breath in. This is what is going to allow you to be intentional in your physical body. As a result of this:
- You are likely to be more confident
- There is more oxygen going to your brain and to your organs
- You are more likely to be more focused
- Increased clarity will make problem-solving so much easier
As either a leader or a team member, it is critical that you are intentional with your body language. Be aware of things like:
- Are you shoulders back? Are they rolled forward?
- Are you taking a full deep breath?
- Are you welcoming in your body language or are your arms crossed over your chest?
It is really important that you are intentional in our physically fit room because it affects how people see you and how they will interact with you. I’d love you to share this with your team members. Remember, you are a POWERHOUSE!