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Wellbeing: My Word for 2012…..And You Can Have It Too.

January 9, 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot about wellbeing lately.  Guided by my year-end/new year reflection questions (“12 Questions To Complete The Year And Start Anew“), my attention’s really been focused on question #9: “In what ways will you take care of your ‘mojo’ – resilience, energy, inspiration and sense of wellbeing?”.  So much so that I think “Wellbeing” is my theme word for 2012 – personally and professionally.  Maybe time to update the bio? 🙂

Wellbeing. It packs a lot of punch doesn’t it? At first glance it might seem like it’s all about health (wellness) – and to a great extent it is — but it’s so much more too.  Emotional wellbeing, physical wellbeing, financial wellbeing…….personal wellbeing, professional wellbeing, organizational and community wellbeing…..the list goes on and so much goes into each facet.

This word gives me a visceral hit. It feels so authentic and envelops so much that I’m passionate about both personally and professionally.  Ironically, it’s not a new concept to me. It’s been there all the time. In my work as a coach (Big Cheese Coaching) I help people navigate their work and life in a way that fosters more meaning, joy, success and fulfillment. I specialize in emotional intelligence for leaders (of all levels) and pay great attention to the skills (personal, professional) we need — in pursuit of our various work/life goals — to be our best, to be happy and to create environments and relationships that foster ‘TGIM’ (thank goodness it’s Monday) attitudes and aptitudes for all. Isn’t that all about personal, professional and organizational wellbeing? 

And concurrently for the last 9+ years, I have a professional relationship (providing communications advice and service) with an organization that is all about financial wellbeing – setting standards for financial planning.  Who can argue that one’s financial life can have an enormous impact on one’s personal wellbeing? 

And yes, the fitness side of things…with a degree in fitness from Mcgill (my first career with a continued lifelong interest) I was heavily involved in promoting fitness and wellbeing for nearly 10 years. 

So nothing has changed – yet everything has changed. Because sometimes a word, theme or phrase has the power to remind us of what is important and what we stand for.  Naming and claiming a word can illuminate what’s already there but perhaps needs to be brought more into focus. Or at least it can serve as an anchor or central theme to encompass disparate pieces that have more value when you look at the ‘whole’ vs. just the parts. 

So yes, “Wellbeing” does that for me and it’s my word for 2012. It’s in my focus for my own life and for my clients who come to me to be better leaders and/or to have more success and fulfilment in various contexts of their work and life.

Of course I realize I’m not alone in loving this word.  I’m in good company. It’s everywhere these days. The health and wellness world have a piece of it; the financial industry; and even economists are incorporating wellbeing into measures of what makes for a strong, healthy economy.  And one of my favorite sources of ideas and inspiration: the field of positive psychology. In fact, the guru of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, frames his latest book “Flourish” as a ‘visionary new understanding of happiness and wellbeing’ (great book and brilliant guy). And of course, wellbeing is a central theme to the EQi (emotional intelligence assessments).

I welcome the ‘crowds’ (there’s room for all) and am staking my place on “planet wellbeing”.  Care to join in?

If you are wanting to create more joy, optimism, success, energy, peace of mind (and the list goes on) in your work and life this year — professionally and personally — then I invite you to hop on board the Wellbeing train too. Not sure how to get there? I can help!  

Wellbeing.  It’s my word and now you can have it too. You’ve got my word.

Now let’s get to work — and create success and wellbeing in 2012 with a TGIM work + life!

Eileen

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Three Things I am Grateful for….

October 10, 2011

One of the greatest anti-dotes for stress is practising gratitude. Experts in positive psychology, spiritual masters, and others alike, will all concur, that giving thanks is a healthy, mojo-boosting energizer that will leave you feeling more joyful, alive and happy. The science is there but for me – I just know from my own experience it works.  So on this Canadian Thanksgiving, give it a try: Name and claim at least three things you are grateful for right now…in this moment…..on this day.

For me at this very moment, I am grateful for:

1) The most glorious day of sunshine we have today (here in Toronto). I went for a walk and drank in the stunning foliage, warm air, and overall sense of awe how beautiful this season is.

2) The ravine and beautiful park just across my home that gives me an instant burst of feeling like I’ve gotten away and into deep nature which is very soul-fueling for me.

3) My beautiful network of lovely friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, clients and community….I feel connected and loved in many parts of my life.

4) My ability to think, speak, hear, walk, write, eat, see, breath, smell, touch, feel…..I am all too aware of the ease of those tasks sometimes taken for granted — and the unquantifiable sources of joy I get just because I can do each of those things.

(NOTICE THAT I AM PAST 3 THINGS….IT’S HARD TO STOP ONCE YOU START)

5) My ever-expanding capacity to learn, grow and develop myself….and help others too in my work. In return, I get satisfaction that is hard to describe but enormously important and what makes for meaningful life for me.

6) My ability to be grateful and practice it regularly and reap is rewards. Gratitude expressed inwardly and outwardly fuels my wellbeing tank. Read more about this in my short story in  my entry in the Gratitude Book Project here.

Now your turn. Go on try it. Start with three. See how it feels. You may like it. In fact, so much, you may wanna do it everyday. Why not?

TGIM and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving on this beautiful Monday!

Eileen

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The Gratitude Book Project: My Story…

January 8, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a project I am involved in called “The Gratitude Book Project.” Well, today is the day. Today is my day. On January 8th, page 10…..my 200 word Gratitude story is profiled. You can read my story here. 

Or even better: Buy the book and read 364 more stories.  

A bit of background: The book publisher, Donna Kozik,  reached out to myself and many, many others inviting us each to answer the following question: What are you grateful for? The intention was to create a book with a full year of inspirational stories that celebrate gratitude. The caveat: we only had 200 words per story. That was hard. How do I choose? I have so much to say…

Well, I chose yes. I knew I had to participate because Gratitude is one of my top strengths. It consistently shows up as #1 in my VIA Signature Strengths profile and I know that it is simply part of who I am. 

We all have the capacity to be grateful. For some of us, it comes naturally. But Gratitude can be developed and expressed by anyone.  Gratitude has been proven to be a significant factor influencing our capacity for happiness, optimism, emotional wellbeing and what I like to call personal ‘mojo’….that sense of being alive and well.  

But sometimes, particularly on those ‘not-so-good’ days, we have to remind ourselves to practice Gratitude.  It doesn’t always just come. We have to intentionally exercise our “Gratitude Muscle”. And often, all it takes is simply asking yourself a Gratitude Question:

Try it out – ask yourself: What are you grateful for? Stay in that question and ask it regularly. Everyday. 

Another Gratitude Question is this:  What are 3 good things that happened today? This is also a powerful way to focus on the things that you can be grateful for. It doesn’t mean the other stuff goes away – but it draws your attention to what’s right and good and that can make a huge difference.

How about 365 Days of Gratitude Inspiration? If you’d like a bit of inspiration along the way, pick up a copy of The Gratitude Book Project.

You can read about the solider who skipped his nightly run — and saved his life; The great vision and personal insights gained despite being blind; The everyday front porch where everlasting love was found.  And my little story on page 10: grateful for being grateful! 

On December 15th (the first day of its release), The Gratitude Book Project made it to Best Seller Status in the category of Success on Amazon. Accordingly, the publisher told me and my co-authors that we can call ourselves ‘best-selling authors’ (imagine, for only 200 words!).

Thank you for being part of my community!

Gratefully yours,

Eileen

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Happiness Coaching Seeps into the Workplace

February 7, 2010

There’s an article in the Wall Street Journal that has been picked up by many other papers, including Globe and Mail  careers called “Happiness coaching seeps into the workplace”. It’s worth a read.

The article talks about how the positive psychology movement is making its way into the workplace culture. It identifies positive habits such as: expressing gratitude (say ‘thank you’ please:), being more present, recognizing success in effort and process vs. only outcome — and much, much more. 

I must say as a coach who specializes in ‘engagement’ – this article is very validating. Truthfully, I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘fulfillment coach’ — albeit I work on many different leadership (and life) coaching agendas, it always starts with one’s inner game and what makes them tick (core values, strengths, etc.). My marketing materials refer more to this as ‘engagement’ — a more acceptable term  in corporate circles. But these past few years, the word ‘happiness’ is gaining credibility and seen as an important facet to success, individually and organizationally. Some nations have even declared a Happiness Index as being integral to the country’s prosperity and success.

How’s your MOJO?  Turns out, Marshall Goldsmith (renouned exec coach) has just launched a book called “Mojo” which is described as emphasizing the ‘positive spirit toward what we are doing now starting from the inside.”

I’ve been referring to Mojo for years (ask my clients!). This  reference to “Mojo” is not of the Austin Powers variety – but more related to one’s mood, emotional state, sense of connectedness, etc. 

Inner Game focus:  The article talks about the new inner game focus — but it’s not new. Perhaps more ‘newly noticed’. This term was coined by Timothy Galway and is a very common approach used by anyone professionally trained in coaching (including yours truly). That said, when an article from the WSJ says it’s the latest greatest — well who am I to argue? I say bring it on….or rather, bring ‘more of it on’.

WEBINAR: Beat the Workplace Blahs: Last year, I presented a webinar that focused very much on all these inner game, positive psych strategies. I called it:  Beat the Workplace Blahs . You can still listen to it – you just have to quickly register online.  It’s full of tips and thoughts that are referred to in the WSJ article.

Hope you enjoy.

Till then, here’s to your TGIM worklife from the inside-out!

Eileen

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