by Tryna Giordano Cooper
Several months ago, I wrote about the whole you… a complex blending of physical properties, emotional senses, mental processes, spiritual connections and passions. To be healthy, to reach our full potential and to incorporate well-being, it is imperative to address and care for these facets and aspects of ourselves.
Each one of these aspects is a critical piece of whom we are as human beings, and each is a critical piece of each person we interact with, whether a family member, friend, client, employee or a person on the street.
Each amazingly complex blend operates daily in a state of general unawareness of all that is happening inside them. The reactions and actions of each person are driven by the mysterious life that is in us as well as all we have learned and come to believe. Each of us is a complex composition of our personalities, experiences and beliefs.
This is true of our businesses as well. Each business is comprised of physical properties (operations, assets, offices), emotional senses (culture, communications), mental processes (planning, objectives, directives) and spirit (mission, vision, purpose). Each business has a life, health and sense of well-being of its own.
Let’s address this idea. What is well-being?
According to Merriam Webster, well-being is “the state of being happy, healthy or successful.”
Meanwhile, Wikipedia defines well-being as a “general term for the condition of an individual or group, for example their social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical state; a high level of well-being means, in some sense, the individual or group’s condition is positive, while low wellbeing is associated with negative happenings.” It continues to explain that, “in economics, the term is used for one or more quantitative measures intended to assess the quality of life of a group.”
Quality of life contributes to well-being
What is your quality of life? What is the quality of life of your business? Are you able to put the bad days in perspective and live with a sense of purpose? Are you energized, enthusiastic, upbeat, content and feeling creative? Is your business, including your employees, energized, motivated and moving, expanding and growing?
Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, in her extensive work and research of integrative health and healing, identified six dimensions that contribute to well-being: Health, relationships, security, purpose, community and environment.
Kreitzer points to a basic question as the bases of well-being: “What can I do to feel content and balanced?” She explains that turning this question on ourselves forces a change of perspective.
She says, when addressing this question, “We are no longer looking to our healthcare providers or government or food companies to tell us what we need to do. We are empowering ourselves to explore what we really need and to evaluate for ourselves what makes sense.”
This is a question to ask of yourself and/or to ask of your business. How am I? How is my business? The answer of your well-being and that of your business comes from within.
Be truthful. It is empowering! It gives you the starting point to make changes and to create the life or business that you want. It offers you a new viewpoint… looking inside — honestly — and not outside, ending blame, and stopping excuses. You define your path to well-being by knowing who you are and what you need. Your path is individual and unique. And if you are a business owner, you define your company’s well-being by knowing mission, purpose, and vision and what it needs. Your business’s path, like yours, is also individual and unique.
Here’s some good advice from Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
“Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice,” Jobs continues. “And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
So, the key here is to look inside and be truthful to yourself. You cannot build well-being on a lie. Not in your life and not in your business.
If your equipment isn’t running properly, you know how it is supposed to run, so you look, evaluate and decide what needs to be done to fix it. Then you fix it and create a state of well-being. It is no different for you or your business. You have to know how and what you want to be — or how you want your business to be — before you can evaluate where you are and how to fix it.
The pain, stress, mistakes or business issues are simply signals that something is out of balance and not in a state of well-being.
Change of perspective improves well-being
Start with where you are now and build from there. Make the changes that feel good and right for you. Start with small changes so you achieve success. Small successes create the energy to propel you forward.
Be patient and enlist others to help support you, like a workout group, coach or mastermind group. Again, this is individual and unique, and it is an amazing and exciting journey once you start.
Kreitzer makes the point that “Well-being is our natural inclination.” You will know what is right for you and your business.
Here is one idea to get you started.
Spring has come for those of us in the northern hemisphere. It is time to start taking Vitamin N, which is spending some time in nature.
Human beings are part of nature and therefore have a natural inclination to be outside. Just watch small children or remember what it was like when you were young. Small children beg to be outside no matter the weather. They thrill in the beauty of a flower or small bug. They chase the birds and butterflies. They stop to take in the rustling leaves or watch the patterns in the clouds. They run in the wind, dance in the rain and play in the snow until their fingers and toes hurt.
Somewhere in our lives, as adults, many of us lose that connection. Yet nothing makes us feel better, and nothing clears the mind, settles the emotions and opens the heart like connecting with nature.
So take 15 to 30 minutes every day to go for a brisk walk outside, walk barefoot in the grass, smell the air and feel it on your skin, notice the ripples on the water or the blowing breeze, put your hands in the dirt, spend some time welcoming the day by enjoying the sunrise, or give gratitude for the day while watching the sunset. There are hundreds of ways to connect with nature.
The important thing is to recognize Vitamin N and that you are part of nature. If you get outside, it will reenergize you and give you a sense of well-being.
Tryna Giordano Cooper is a business leader, lifelong entrepreneur, solution- based community activist, new-thought leader and passionate sacred activist. She is a co-owner of several small businesses in Colorado including Meetings & Events, Experience Events and Journeys for Conscious Living. She was also the co-owner of The Professional Cleaning Network in Denver. She is a winner of the Blue ChipEnterprise Award for Small Business and the Adams County Capital Development Award. She can be reached at TCooper@meetingsandevents.com.