Consider some scenarios that people experience:
- A CEO of a 500 crore company, when presenting to the board of directors, suddenly gets overcome with a nervous attack & is unable to speak well.
- A business unit head in a large multinational outsourcing firm deals maturely with all kinds of client personalities from across the world. And when it comes to his children, suddenly he gets angry with them, loses control & shouts.
- A business woman, chief marketing officer of an investment firm with more than 700 Cr in Assets Under Management - but when it comes to any demands from her in-laws - she drops everything - her work, her life, her priorities & meets those demands and then later feels bad about not being able to work her priorities.
These are 3 examples seemingly different from each other & yet there is one thing common – a person suddenly gets caught in the grip of a powerful & debilitating negative emotion.
Daniel Goleman (EI fame) has described this as an Emotional Hijack (also known as an amygdala hijack).
The amygdala is the emotional part of the brain, which regulates the fight or flight response. When threatened, it responds irrationally. A rush of stress hormones floods the body before the cognitive/rational function of the brain can do anything about it.
When it comes to Emotional Hijack, they say that no one can make you do something against your better judgment, but the amygdala always can.
Neuroscientists have found that when amygdala is activated, the cognitive function gets suppressed. Our thinking power is disrupted and there are deficits in our rationalization & problem solving.
In the Emotional Intelligence model, there is an approach to help clients overcome this phenomenon. It refers to developing self awareness when this happens & then deliberately & purposefully activating the cognitive & rational part of the brain.
In my experience though, there are a few challenges inherent in this model.
- Self awareness in the heat of the moment – is easier said than done.
- You have had an entire lifetime of the amygdala taking over, your amygdala is not going to give up control so easily.
Developing cognitive control especially during the heat of the moment - is very challenging & difficult to sustain & persist with it.
Emotional Fitness Gym® is a 5 steps process that helps you develop immunity against stress rather than manage it or control it. It uses the physical fitness model that works on the principles of exercising regularly when you are already healthy so that you can stay healthy& live a long life.
So also, Emotional Fitness Gym® is about exercising your emotions when you are already in a good emotional state so that you can stay in the best of your emotional states & maintain them for a richer, happier & more fulfilling life.
Emotional Fitness Gym® uses this physical fitness based approach & combines it with the findings of neuroscientists to create a unique blend that takes the notion of Emotional Intelligence to the next level, where you can practice, breathe & live this Emotional Intelligence as if it were a natural in-born quality within you.
More specifically, it is a set of mental activities which Neuroscientists call "Neurally Inspired Exercises" that have been designed using the principles of Neuroplasticity (your brains ability to make changes to the neurological wiring & create new neural pathways).
Emotional Fitness Gym® has 5 steps. These 5 steps of Emotional Fitness Gym® as developed by Anil Dagia and taught by him & his team are:
1. Self-Awareness – of what’s going on in your mind & how it really impacts & affects you
2. Breath - the instant pathway to a relaxed & peaceful mind
3. Movement Exercise – a metaphorical key to unlocking the secrets of the happy mind
4. Train your emotions - neurally inspired exercises to rewire your brain
a) let go of stress & other negative feelings from past conditioning
b) Train your brain for happiness & positive emotions
5. Create a new you - Visualize yourself as the new rejuvenated you.
Anil & his team teach these 5 steps in this 1 day workshop titled Emotional Fitness Gym®.
- Practical tools & techniques to take away with you
- Needs no more than 10-15 minutes a day
- High impact with immediate results
- Absolutely essential for today’s lifestyle
- Based on principles of Scientifically Researched & Proven field of NeuroScience and NeuroPlasticity
- Cognitive processes that can be practiced anytime, anywhere
- Results experienced immediately
1) To learn how to develop immunity against Emotional Viruses
2) To PHENOMENALLY IMPROVE Your responses to challenging circumstances with POSITIVE ATTITUDES
3) To FOCUS on Your GOALS
4) To develop and retain PEAK ENERGY levels for Your BEST PERFORMANCE
5) To bring about long lasting Personal Transformation leading to happier and more fulfilling personal as well as professional life
6) To help alleviate biological symptoms (like BP, diabetes, asthama)
- Energized & fitter mind and body
- Improved relations with self and others
- Feel good about yourself & others
- Balanced emotional state of mind
- General sense of happiness & well-being leading to better health
- Develop positive attitudes
- Better team & organizational results – job performance, decision making, creativity, employee turnover, teamwork, negotiations, leadership
- Improved productivity & efficiency
- Improved Collaboration & Reduced Conflict
- Develop a emotionally healthier work environment
- Reduced stress levels & Better work life balance