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Emotional Fitness® Benefits

In the early 2000’s, I was working in multiple fields simultaneously – information management, sales, marketing, business development and personal training while taking courses in all areas towards post-secondary certifications.

One of my marketing responsibilities as a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce was to attend breakfast, lunch and supper networking events. At one of these events Warren Redman introduced himself as an Emotional Fitness® Coach and Trainer. Being a lifelong learner I was very intrigued, I approached him for some clarification. I asked “what is Emotional Fitness ® and how does it work?” His reply was “it is quite simple actually; you ask someone what they would like to talk about, sit and listen to the person, ask clarifying questions and give them back the essence of what they were saying in a summary of what you understood. Next you help the person towards their own actions or solutions”. I was astounded and asked “You mean you do not fix anything?” I was in shock.

All my life I fixed and repurposed things and I had problems in relationships when I tried to fix people’s problems for them. A light bulb in my head went on that reminded me of something that my wise Grandfather, with a grade four education, used to say “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink unless he wants to”. The more I thought about it the more I realized that I had never truly listened to anybody without trying to fix them when they did not want to be fixed! From that point on I developed a burning desire to know more about this simple but elegant process that helps me to build better, stronger relationships in life. I signed up for the Emotional Fitness ® Coach Course Training and then proceeded to use that knowledge to work more effectively with my clients, friends and associates.

I encourage all to experience the magic of Emotional Fitness® by taking a course from the Emotional Fitness Institute in order to utilize this positive life changing knowledge.

Keaton Van Bryce, Licensed Emotional Fitness® Coach

INVISIBLE WOUNDS: The Emotional Journey

The Emotional Journey of a Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD by Norm DeVarennes

Dr. Richard Vaillancourt

I’m excited to announce some updates to our Invisible Wounds program through the Emotional Fitness Academy!  We have lots in the works to update you on, so here goes!

During the past couple of months, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Norm to discuss his new book Invisible Wounds.  We will be launching a series of eight short recordings of those interviews, including one interview with Norm’s wife Sandra and son Sean.  These will be posted to the Emotional Fitness Academy Invisible Wounds website for you to view at your leisure.  For me, it was an intriguing opportunity to learn more about Norm’s journey with PTSD, including the impact his experiences had on two of his family members.  Together, we explored many of the topics from his book as well as several related topics I believe everyone will be interested in.

As you can see from the schedule being rolled out here, there is plenty more to come!  We began with an April 20th Zoom breakout room session during a bi-monthly “A World That is Emotionally Fit” event.  It was clear to us there is a great deal of interest in Norm’s book and the topic of PTSD as it relates to not just police officers but also first responders, military and all those who might enjoy learning more about this topic and its impact on physical and mental health.  During our session on April 20th, it was suggested by some participants that we should expand our Zoom breakout room sessions to 100 or more participants!  We are poised and ready to take on that challenge!

In addition to Sean DeVarenenes’ second blog article posted in this newsletter, the following activities are slated for the month of May:

  • Wednesday, May 5th: Interview #1 to be posted to the Invisible Wounds webpage
  • Tuesday, May 18th: Our second Zoom breakout room session as part of our “A World That is Emotionally Fit” event
  • Wednesday, May 19th: Interview #2 to be posted to the Invisible Wounds webpage
  • Thursday, May 20th at _____: our first “Connect with the Author” Facebook Live event
  • Monday, May 24th: Launch of our new Invisible Wounds Chatroom

We hope you can participate in each of these May events and promise there will be much more to come during June and July.

Norm’s book is now in wide circulation through the Emotional Fitness Academy, online at Amazon.ca and available at both Chapters Dieppe and Chapters Fredericton.  Norm has also taken part in a number of related events, with further details to be posted in future newsletters and on our Invisible Wounds website.

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