I believe that no matter what we face we can learn from it. Whether it is a crisis, death of loved one career change or challenges, they all come to teach us who we are and who we can become.
My path to teaching emotional resilience to preserve mental health even in the face of difficult changes and challenging times didn't happen overnight, nor was it easy.
I have taught the wellness competency mindset teaching and coaching to thousands of employees, professionals and leaders over the past 25 years that has positively impacted their ability to work and live well. I continue to train and certified coaches and teachers around the globe to teach wellness competency mindset with their clients and employees.
I look back at the frequent bouts of illnesses that I faced as a child and can still face today without any warning. I was shattered to learn that I had only one functioning kidney and needed to undergo an emergency left nephrectomy at the age of 21, due to a birth defect I later learned was part of my frequent ailments.
This was compounded because I had recently immigrated to Canada from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, a lush beautiful island where daily sunshine and showers mingled with the crash of waves on the rocks from almost any point on the island, and where community thrive. I was now alone in Canada, pursuing an undergraduate degree and again facing health challenges without my social network.
After an eight-hour surgery, and months of recuperating, I developed primary hyperalgesia, where the pain of the incision worsen. For over a decade I suffered intense pain that threatened to cripple me emotionally and mentally. The trips to the pain clinic proved futile and I knew that I had to come up with a way to save myself or I was going to be hard to live with. The pain changed my personality from a happy outgoing person to someone who was irritable and unwell. It took years of wellness mindset mapping before I learned to function without pain killers.
During that struggle, I underwent a massive mindset shift and a keener understanding of how to live life well despite the pain and frequent bouts of illnesses. I started finding ways to improve how well I was in other dimensions of life besides the physical. I learned wellness principles that disciplined my mind and sustained me during difficult bouts of illness.
It was during this time I announced to my husband that I was going to start my consulting practice to teach what I knew as a conflict resolution specialist. I started out offering conflict mediation, workshops and education sessions to groups and organizations.
It so happened that a client had a heart attack in my office during a difficult mediation session early in my practice. Thankfully, he survived. This was a life changing event for me. It drove me to do deep inner work to understand my purpose and the life principles that I had been using to work through those painful episodes in my life. It was then that I created the Pre-mediation coaching framework, still being taught today and to write my first published book called: The Pre-mediation Concept.
Soon after, I made the decision to further my education acquired a masters degree to grow my consulting practice to help more people transition from difficult conflicts, challenges and changes to find well-being. The responses from my clients gave me the courage unveil my signature Wellness Improvement System® (WIS) model. This nine-dimensional model teaches us how to enhance the everyday aspects of our lives to improve our social vibrations and well-being of ourselves and that of those in our network.
As my clients learned how to apply the WIS® model they provided me with valuable feedback on how it was helping them adopt a wellness mindset. This gave me impetus to create the WIS®Assessment tool and to start teaching the concept to other professionals. They also revealed the innovative ways they were using the model, allowing me to gain so much insight and understanding that WIS was truly universal.
As I fully adopted the WIS® model into my coaching practice it was illuminating. My clients started having faster and more transformative mindset shifts moving past toxic conflicts to adopt a wellness mindset. As I had been teaching at the university and college levels for several years; The teacher in me could not resist teaching what I was learning about this coach model to others. I was amazed when the professionals in my first coach training class asked me when I was offering the next course. I asked if they could repeat the question.
This gave me creating the Wellness Competency Mindset Teaching™ and Coach certification program in 2009. The program became an Approved International Coach Federation (ICF) program that have since certified coaches and facilitators globally. Many go on to teach and coach the WIS® system.
As I continued my consulting practice with organizations as a respectful workplace officer and anti-harassment specialist, I started adding more of my wellness mindset strategies to the conflicts that I was encountering. As I looked at the state of leadership in organization it became apparent that the leaders could benefit from the wellness mindset concept to reduce and even prevent most of what was presented as conflicts.
This is when I created the WIS® Relational Leadership (RL) training program, a blend of coaching wellness and leadership strategies. Today, RL is the top requested program from leaders in government, private sector, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit. Many have told me that this is the most fulfilling and transformational training they have taken in their career as it equips them with tools, they can immediately apply to address what’s currently happening at work any day of the week.
In my desire to reach a broader network, I later created the Global Workplace Wellness Summit as a place where organizations, leaders and employees can learn to employ the universal elements of the WIS®. Today the summit attracts organizations and speakers globally to participate in intensive and ongoing learning about how we can more effectively apply wellness to the everyday activities at work.
Today, my team and I support organizations to institute a fast and effective workplace wellness program that is based on the wellness competency mindset teaching and wellness conversation framework to promote mental health and emotional wellness.Are you looking to find meaning from a difficult situation or challenge in your work or life? Connect with me to learn how transform your painful situation by adopting a wellness mindset. I am also always eager to teach and train others to share this concept with their clients. Visit us at www.interpersonalwellness.com to learn more.
It has also allowed me to create the Wellness Mindset Teaching Coach Training™ Certification, the only International Coach Federation Approved Program in our province.
Today, my team and I support organizations to institute a fast and effective workplace wellness program that is based on the wellness competency mindset teaching and wellness conversation framework to promote mental health and emotional wellness. Visit us at www.interpersonalwellness.com to learn more.