It will come as no surprise to many of you that I am a firm proponent of the health and wellness movement. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest in Eugene, Oregon, the granola capitol of the world, Saturdays were spent at the Farmer’s Market. While I never personally owned a pair of Birkenstocks, my family did. When entering into the natural product space in 2001, I decided to become a certified nutrition counselor with the American Association of Nutritional Consultants (AANC) and advance my knowledge of this very important subject.

My personal passion for this subject comes from my deeply held belief that to be the best version of ourselves for those who need us most (family, friends and colleagues)—we must stay healthy, strong and energized. How can one give the best of themselves when they are down, lethargic and/or depressed? As such, I am incredibly excited that we held our very own Wellness Week here at corporate. Last week, we have brought in subject matter experts—from dieticians to chefs to massage therapists—to speak on the importance of health awareness. Never has this subject been more relevant in a toxic world filled with processed foods and relentless stressors.

This month, I encourage all of you to take a few moments to look at yourself and ask, “Am I taking care of myself?” Consider whether you are ridding yourself of toxins and focusing on your mental and physical well-being. Remember that we are in the people and personal development business, so assessing our health is something we should do from time to time. If you are wondering what this has to do with Generation V because we are an energy company not a wellness company, think of it this way. How can you build a healthy team if you are struggling to get up for the task due to a lack of energy or belief in your ability to succeed? The fact is you can’t, and neither can I.

Rather than focus on the physical body or diet in this writing, although tempting, I want to share where my head is this month. In honor of Wellness Week, I am reading a great book at the moment that addresses the importance of understanding the mind, body and spirit connection, and how that connection can heal or harm you. As we look to our state of mind, we find this can be the central nerve on which our bodies react. The keys to happiness, productivity and physical health are directly linked to living day to day with the awareness of the power we have to change our outlook.

Here are three things that I have used to impact my mindset and have found to be successful with other people as they seek to decide to become an all-around healthier person.

  • Realize the power of forgiveness: Always try to look for the good in people. Look at their core motives and try to understand why they do the things they do and say what they say. Try to look at things from their perspective and forgive them for their shortcomings. Then flip the thinking around to yourself. Learn to forgive yourself and to ask for forgiveness along the way.
  • Be in the presence of that which brings out the best in you: Jot down a list of things, places and people that bring you happiness and commit to making them a regular part of your life. After all, “You are the average sum of the five people you spend the most time with,” states Jim Rohn, entrepreneur and motivational speaker (one of my favorite quotes). Happiness will break through other barriers in your life that are keeping you from achieving your fullest potential and bringing out the best in others.
  • Remove emotional toxins: Make the choice to be thankful each and every day, and take time to celebrate the little things. And keep out the toxins. When you feel negative emotions coming on, take a deep breath, count to 10 and with every exhalation say “thank you” for something. Choose to live with gratitude for what you have; it helps you let go of damaging thoughts.

I’ll leave you with a great Spanish proverb that we are circulating here at headquarters this week: “A person too busy to take care of their health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of their tools.” So … will you take care of your tools and maintain your well-being? We want to see you unlock the treasures of accomplishment that are waiting to be discovered, let’s keep looking for the keys—together!