Empathy is the most powerful way to connect with others, understanding how and why people feel the way they do. After a challenging 2020 we learned the importance of considering those around us. We believe that to be ‘empathy fit’ one must train this “muscle” as you would any other – by practicing often. 

At Innate Motion we have witnessed how being ‘empathy fit’ can transform brands and companies to be more in tune to the people they serve. To make the world more human we have committed to using empathy as a tool both in our daily lives at home and with colleagues at work. 

In order to encourage others to do the same Innate Motion has created a simple online challenge. The 5 day challenge will run live from Monday, 25 January 2021 to Friday, 29 January 2021. 

Each day we will post a video with an exercise. By the end of the 5 days, you will feel more centered, mindful and connected. Join us in our mission to get more empathy fit! Bring a friend, colleague, partner, anyone you like!

See you there! #empathyfitnesschallenge2021 #EFC2021

 

DAY 1 

 

Welcome to Day 1 of our empathy fitness week!

Today, Kanchana Moodliar, business humanizer at #innatemotion will introduce you to the first challenge, which is all about self-empathy. How can we better get in tune with ourselves? How can we show ourselves more kindness and appreciation, in order to better do it for others? 

By turning our negative thoughts into positive statements, we can really change the way we feel and act towards others.

Share your experience in the comments. When we did the mindfulness exercise, what physical sensation and/or emotion did you become aware of that you weren’t fully conscious of before? Let us know! 

Join us in our mission to get more empathy fit! #empathyfitnesschallenge2021 

DAY 2 

 

Did you know that everyday, you take about 35 thousand decisions? You do this without even noticing that you are doing so. Just like we don’t notice this, we often don’t realize that our decisions are filled with unconscious biases that we acquired along our lives, from our upbringing, culture and so on.  Only when we are aware of the biases we carry, can we begin to improve them.

Femke Van Loon, business humanizer at #innatemotion will walk you through today’s challenge on battling our behaviours and actions that are consequences of our biases.

Take the test here: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html 

Let us know what are the unconscious biases that you discovered in yourself and how this made you feel.

Join us in our mission to get more empathy fit! #empathyfitnesschallenge2021 #EFC2021

 

Day 3

 

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and you can tell that they are totally disconnected? Well, today’s challenge is all about the art of listening.

Learning how to be an empathetic listener allows the person you are speaking to feel heard and understood. Megan Pratt, business humanizer at #innatemotion will give you some practical examples of the pitfalls of the art of listening, hopefully allowing you to become more aware and a better listener. 

Let us know which of the empathetic listening actions you practiced today? How did it change your conversation? 

Join us in our mission to get more empathy fit! #empathyfitnesschallenge2021 #EFC2021

 

 DAY 4 

 

One of the secrets of stepping into someone else’s shoes is to find common ground.  Not an easy task in a society that is increasingly becoming more and more polarizing. But we need to challenge ourselves and exercise our empathy muscles and remember that in the end of the day, there is more that unites us, than divides us and narrowing labels are the root of disruption. 

Join Riccardo Cristiani, business humanizer at #innatemotion to see how you can practice finding common grounds in life and at work. 
Check out this video for inspiration: https://youtu.be/jD8tjhVO1Tc

Use this document to facilitate the game.

Share what you have learned with us! How did it go? What  were the common grounds? Has this game changed the way you interact with others? 

Join us in our mission to get more empathy fit! #empathyfitnesschallenge2021 #EFC2021 

DAY 5  

 

Welcome to day 5, our last day of the empathy fitness week!!! Thank you for sticking to us and challenging yourself this week.

Yaw Sarkodie, business humanizer at #innatemotion, will talk you through the last challenge! We want you to think about a situation where your point of view is different from someone else. Today, you will put yourself in their shoes and try to understand why they think, act, feel the way they do.  For inspiration, on completing this exercise, you can check out this talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/lori_gottlieb_how_changing_your_story_can_change_your_life 

Share your stories with us and tell us how this has impacted your perspective! 

Join us in our mission to get more empathy fit!
#empathyfitnesschallenge2021 #EFC2021