Handstand, crow, double-arm lever, bear, monkey, frogger, and crab are just a few of the terms I found out about during lockdown. These are all bodyweight exercises you can perform in your own home or anywhere else you fancy without any equipment. Many of them look very easy when you see someone who has practiced well, performing them. But often especially when you first try and undertake them, they prove frustrating and challenging. So what’s that got to do with Praxis and Neurodiversity?
Praxis – means practice as distinguished from theory!
Praxis and Neurodiversity the why!
Being effective at work is about mastering our strengths and managing things we find difficult. To do this well, we need to practice in a structured way that allows us to perform at our very best. The model that I was fortunate enough to use to learn some of the skills mentioned in the first paragraph works just as well with workplace strategies.
It looks a bit like this:
Get yourself in the right place to do the work in need to do. I’m a great believer in the fact that we are whole people and that means that we need to put our bodies and our minds in the right place to learn. This could be something as simple as making sure we downloaded everything we shouldn’t be thinking about. As well as making sure we are not stiff or in an uncomfortable position to start the learning process.
Amplifying strengths and managing the things that we find difficult is all about practice. That practice needs to happen in a safe place where we can experiment with different ways of doing things and build processes that work. What is important here is to practice things that are difficult for us and work out what’s good and what needs to be changed. This is helpful as it allows us to work out where we need to focus.
Once we start to get good at something is then time to push it to see how far we can take it. This might be around for example planning or using a new tool to write something or about being more confident in a different situation. The key thing here is about finding the limits of what is possible for you to do because quite often this will go way beyond what you expect.
The serious work now begins it is time to play with the skills that we’re developing and see where else we can take them and use them. Building strategies that work for us is all about finding out where else we can utilise them, for example, we might be great at planning at home but unable to do this effectively in the workplace.
Most importantly (and often the most underrated) for any learning is to reflect on what happened, what works well and what we would like to work more on next time. This is where we start to set goals for what we are going to do next and how we can push things to the next level by reusing the model above.
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Never forget any progress is progress, any movement forward is movement and that’s why Praxis and Neurodiversity matter.
So that’s what Praxis and Neurodiversity is all about!
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Method credit GMB Fitness, possibly the greatest fitness organisation on earth. Take a look