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29 Sep

What is Wellness?

Wellness is a modern word with ancient roots. The key tenets of wellness as both preventive and holistic can be traced back to ancient civilizations from the East (India, China) to the West (Greece, Rome). In 19th-century Europe and the United States, a variety of intellectual, religious, and medical movements developed in parallel with conventional medicine. With their focus on holistic and natural approaches, self-healing, and preventive care, these movements have provided a firm foundation for wellness today. Wellness-focused and holistic modalities have gained more visibility since the 1960s and 1970s under the writings and thought leadership of an informal network of US physicians and thinkers, As these have evolved, proliferated, and gone mainstream, they have informed the healthy-living, self-help, self-care, fitness, nutrition, diet, and spiritual practises that have become a flourishing wellness movement in the 21st century.

There are two important aspects to this definition. First, wellness is not a passive or static state but rather an “active pursuit” that is associated with intentions, choices, and actions as we work toward an optimal state of health and wellbeing. Second, wellness is linked to holistic health—that is, it extends beyond physical health and incorporates many different dimensions that should work in harmony.

Wellness is an individual pursuit—we have self-responsibility for our own choices, behaviors, and lifestyles—but it is also significantly influenced by the physical, social, and cultural environments in which we live.

Wellness is often confused with terms such as health, wellbeing, and happiness. While there are common elements among them, wellness is distinguished by not referring to a static state of being (i.e., being happy, in good health, or a state of wellbeing). Rather, wellness is associated with an active process of being aware and making choices that lead toward an outcome of optimal holistic health and wellbeing.

Wellness vs. Wellbeing

The terms “wellness,” “wellbeing” and “happiness” have often been used together or interchangeably by businesses, researchers and the media. This graphic outlines what they share in common and how these terms differ in concept, usage, and association.

01 Sep

5 Ways to Master Your Communication

How many of us have ever wanted to become the most valuable person in our profession and/or position? As I continue to improve and become a more efficient leader within the automotive industry and the sales profession as a whole, I’ve been fortunate to learn from the best in the business. This concept of being the most valuable person is centered around becoming a master communicator, an area that I train on with my professional and personal mentor, Andy Elliott, who coaches me to this very day. I utilize these five things every day in my professional roles in automotive sales with our customers, staff, and community members, as well as being diligent in applying them in my personal life with family, friends, and anyone I say hello to. I believe that if you take these five things seriously and want to become masterful at communicating, you can become the most valuable person to anyone and everyone that you come into contact with.

1. Master public Speaking Skills :

This is an area that everyone should want to master, and it will have an immediate impact. Think about it. Every verbal interaction with another individual is part of the definition of public speaking, or the “act of speaking face-to-face to a live audience.” Have you ever said, “Let me rephrase that,” or “Does that make sense?”? When we say either one of those statements, I believe it’s because there is a lack of confidence that what we are saying to someone is being understood by the other person or persons. Do you view yourself as a public speaker? Do you view what you do as part of a public speaking role? If you are serious about mastering your communication skills, then you have to accept the fact that you are a public speaker first and foremost. After accepting this, it’s time to go to work on becoming confident with how you speak. The more effective you are with how you speak and communicate with others, the more confidence you will have to start seeking out opportunities to create new conversations and improve on the ones you’re already having. 

2. Master the art of Listening :

Communicating is such an important skill that you have to be great at, regardless of your profession. In order to best serve your customer base, staff, and/or community at large, you have to be great at speaking to them. However, if you aren’t actively listening, you will limit your ability to successfully communicate with others and, ultimately, you will lose credibility as well. Asking great questions and then writing down the “hot button” responses from those questions you’ve asked is crucial to becoming a master at listening. In my opinion, people believe more of what they see than what they hear, so your actions in the listening process are paramount. Whatever you do, don’t write things down just to write them down. Write down what is important to those you are speaking to because they will see the benefits of that and feel more confident that you’re someone that is listening to them, not just appeasing or hearing them.

3. Master your personality :

The way you’re “easy to talk to” or “difficult to approach” is part of the way your personality is engineered. It’s important to understand your energy level during the communication process because it will create the impression that you’re either going to be someone others want to talk to or someone they don’t.

Your personality reflects how you will work with and/or communicate with others in the long run, and it can be an asset or a liability in all of your interactions. When you are engaging with others, do you sound confident and excited? Are they moving towards you in the communication process or are they retreating from you?

To best start mastering your own personality, reverse engineer the process by studying and auditing how others communicate with you. Remember that personality is reflective. So, being able to observe how others communicate with you and what their personalities are like with you, is a great way to see how they might already perceive you and your personality with them.

How did they make you feel during the interaction? Did you feel they were excited to be speaking with you or just going through the motions?

4. Master your tone of voice :

Your ability or inability to inflect during the conversation, as well as the timing of your inflection, determines how the person on the other end of the conversation will react to you in order to match your current level of communication.
By becoming a master of your tonality, what you are showing is a discipline to control your emotions. What I want you to do right now is think about two conversations that you’ve had where one went well and the second one went bad.
I can almost bet that you can identify the exact moment in those conversations where you knew it was moving in the right direction and where it had taken a wrong turn. One great way to begin mastering your tonality is to record yourself having a phone conversation with a customer, prospect, or family member.
Now replay that conversation back and write down the areas during the conversation where you hear yourself shift the tone of the conversation, as well as the same areas in which the person on the other end of the phone or in-person interaction does the same thing. This is a great way to start identifying how to master your tonality right away.

5. Master your ability to transfer your emotions:

This is where your current state of mind, mood, and knowledge of the topic being communicated about is shifted by you to the other party you’re communicating with. When you’re around someone that captivates you, that peaks your interest and holds your attention, it’s because they’ve created an emotional reaction in you that you want to invest more into.

At the same time, if you are around someone that frustrates you or makes you want to cut the interaction off with them, it’s because they’ve created a reaction in you where you feel that they are withdrawing energy from you.
Imagine if you were the cause of that happening to someone else. Possessing a grateful mindset and having the best attitude is key to mastering your ability to transfer emotions and is where you need to start right away.

It’s important now more than ever that our ability to communicate with one another is transparent, in a state of reciprocity, and deposits more first into others than it withdraws. If you focus on being great at these five things, you will become a master communicator and dominate your professional and personal interactions with precise efficiency and effectiveness. 

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