Progress Over Perfection with Six Principle of Pilate

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Progress on perfection has become a popular saying in the field of health and well-being, but at Lindywell it has been a central value from the start. However, one thing we have learned over the years is that in our modern world, where everyone’s successes are made public, it can be difficult to give up self-review. Hello, comparison, shame and judgment.

However, the pursuit of this false perception of perfection slows you down, takes you away from your most authentic self and above all makes you feel defeated. If you can instead focus on progress, the experience and the trip will be more enjoyable.

In addition, the idea of perfection becomes less important.

If you’re still struggling to smooth out those sharp, critical edges, we have a simple but powerful framework for you to welcome progress rather than perfection.

The six principles of Pilates

Although there are many ways to embrace the journey, at Lindywell we believe that Pilates is the best teacher. More specifically, the six guiding principles which are divided as follows:

  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Breath
  • Accuracy
  • Center
  • Flow

Instead of striving for perfection, we focus on doing well, feeling good and staying connected. This approach to progress over perfection is not always the norm in the fitness industry, especially in the world of Pilates.

Here we take a more graceful and advanced approach to Pilates and fitness as a whole, and you can do the same on and off the mat. Now let’s see how to apply these six principles to the idea of progress on perfection.

Embrace progress over perfection with the six principles
Here’s how to apply these six principles to truly embrace progress rather than perfection and discover all the good that this change can bring. As always, take what resonates and implement what feels good. Not all of them will seem relevant to your life, but one or two might be exactly what you need.

Concentration

Commit fully, but stay flexible.

Your desires and needs come and go and this is how your approach to achieving goals should follow. To welcome progress rather than perfection, you must commit to what you desire, but remember that the path that leads to it can evolve with you.

In this way, what “perfection” looks like also changes. At one point, perfection was maybe at the gym five days a week before work. Now, with two children at home, it feels like 10 minutes of Pilates two days a week with The Lindywell app.

In both matters, you made a full commitment to do what you wanted, to feel good about your body, but the way you got there changed as your situation changed. That is, to put progress above perfection.

Control

Be aware, intentional and deliberate.

In Pilates, we refer to the control of your movement. Be intentional and deliberate, move slowly and consciously. The same goes for adopting the mindset of progress over perfection. When you focus on progress, you focus less on “getting it right” and more on awareness while addressing what we desire.

Instead of wishing that what you want was already there and getting frustrated when it’s not, you become more aware and in tune with yourself. Ask yourself questions such as: Why am I frustrated? What could I change to make it easier or less stressful? Then take intentional action based on your honest and genuine answers.

Breath

Enjoy the body-breath connection.

Think about a time when you tried to do everything right. You may have rushed. Your mind has probably been racing. You may have been feeling frantic and anxious. They focused only on making it perfect.

Although you may not have noticed it at the time, your breathing was probably shallow and fast too. This is how we breathe when we are anxious and stressed. This type of breathing then feeds the same anxious state of being.

The good news is that simply slowing down and deepening your breathing can immediately put you in a calmer and more centered state of being. In this state, you can let go of this idea of perfection and instead see that being “good enough” is actually perfect.

Accuracy

Do it right, but at your own pace and in your own way.

Perfection is a driving force when you feel the need to do something according to someone else’s standards or because of what someone else might think. The idea of precision can be applied to progress on perfection to remind you that you can do it well, but at your own pace and in your own way.

For example, if your goal is to make exercise part of your usual Routine to feel stronger in your body, it seems that you are doing it right:

  • Determine what type of exercise makes you feel good and focus on it.
  • Include it in your schedule when it is feasible instead of forcing it at a time that does not work for you, such as early in the morning.
  • Trust your body to build your strength when you commit — and it may not happen right away, but in the time that suits you.
  • Doing it your way and doing it well according to your own standards is what progress is above perfection.

Center

Above all, look For Alignment.

At Lindywell, we start every workout with centering. It’s important when you’re on your mat, but I would say it’s even more important off your mat. In life, you are surrounded by people, experiences and circumstances that you can easily throw out of the middle.

When you get out of alignment, you lose sight of what’s right for you. Then it becomes easy to focus on perfection after someone or something else. If you stay aligned, it will be easier for you to come back to the middle, check in, let go of “perfection” and refocus on what makes you feel good in every moment.

You can always deviate from the course, or be distracted by “perfection”. However, if you train to return to your center, as in Pilates, you will always be able to return to your own alignment.

Flow

Find yours and let it guide you.

Pilates is always awesome, but if you’ve practiced even a few times, you know how juicy it really is when you get into the flow. In this space, perfection doesn’t matter – what matters is staying connected to this movement and this experience.

Finding that flow in your life and letting it be your driving force is the key to putting progress before perfection. The journey feels better when we create our own electricity and use it rather than letting someone else define it for us.

Let’s love the journey

The pursuit of perfection is exhausting. It also separates us from ourselves and from what we really desire, generating anxiety and stress along the way. Use these strategies and ideas to connect with you, find your flow and focus on the journey that is destined for you. If the trip is fantastic, achieving perfection doesn’t matter, because it’s already great where you are.

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