One of the most meaningful aspects of my work as a coach for Pilates Pros is uncovering deeply rooted belief systems. Often, we think that beliefs are relegated to things like politics or religion. It turns out that the stories that we’ve set up for ourselves (or that others have set up for us) are commonly at the root of much of our dissatisfaction within our professional role.
These stories surround worthiness, permission and any question ending with the word “enough.” They also tend to be the sidekick to dialogue that sounds like it may come from the mouths of the “Pilates Police.” I believe (pun intended) that it’s of the utmost importance for us as professionals to become aware of our core beliefs surrounding the role of the Pilates Teacher. From this information, we can glean what elements of our belief system are actually serving us and which ones can be tossed away.
In this week’s post, I’ve included a series of questions that you can use to uncover some of the core beliefs that could be guiding you away from achieving satisfaction and fulfillment in your work.
Read the two-part directions below. You may be inclined to answer how you think you “should” answer. These answers are for you only – there are no Pilates Police. Be brutally honest. Once you’ve answered the question, then ask yourself “Why?” and write down your answer. Then repeat the question “Why?” Keep going until you feel like you’ve peeled the layers away from the onion of your core beliefs.
Part 1. Answer the following questions.
Part 2. Ask yourself “why” 5-times after initially answering the question.
What kind of training should a Pilates Teacher have to be seen as a professional?
What elements (equipment) does a REAL Pilates Teacher teach with?
How should a Pilates Teacher dress?
What kind of money do Pilates Teachers make?
How many hours per day should a successful teacher teach?
When you’ve finished, check in with your answers. Do they truly reflect all that you believe? If yes, keep them. If no, adjust them until they feel more in alignment with your thoughts and feelings and/or toss them – if they are untrue, they are ripe to become obstacles in your process.
Leave your comments below and tell me what you learned through this exercise. Were you relieved to release anything? Were you surprised at what you found out? Knowing that you have adjusted your belief-system to reflect the truth of who you are, what else changes about your perception of your teaching?
I look forward to reading your responses!