Veteran Healing With Intent
by Karl Monger
Here at GallantFew, we don’t use the terms “Health and Wellness” any longer we concentrate on Veteran healing with intent. Overused and vague, the terms health and wellness can mean anything and they can mean nothing. To me, they imply a level of comfort, of coping, of existing. We want to identify how to become stronger, more capable in every area of our lives.
GallantFew chooses to focus on five points of the GallantFew STAR, with STAR standing for “Self-Training and Response-Ability”. We have the ability to choose our response to any situation we face, whether it’s to respond with anger to someone else or to take another drink.
Further, we specify that every point of the STAR be Functional. That means it’s relevant and useful in everyday life. It’s not some pie in the sky concept that sounds good on paper but doesn’t work in reality.
GallantFew Functional Fitness (GFIT)
Functional Physical Fitness: What do you do at work? Do you drive a lot? Take people to lunch? Load boxes in a warehouse? What do you like to do for fun? Do you like to bike, do mixed martial arts, run, climb, surf? Have you developed a training plan that will make you stronger, more efficient, more capable and less prone to injury on the job or when you’re having fun, or are you doing the same exercises you learned in PE gym class or when you played high school football? Or worse, have you quit working out routinely because you’re just too busy?
Functional Emotional Fitness: We blame ourselves for everything, and often our internal self-talk becomes negative. Internal talk such as “Why did I do that stupid thing?” “Why can’t I stop drinking?” “Why do I always yell at those I love?” are driving us to depression and failure. If you can answer your internal question starting with “Because”, you are giving yourself permission to stay right where you are. Identifying, interrupting and restructuring this self-talk into a positive, empowering form helps your subconscious work on solutions that will help you overcome the obstacles and move towards a life you desire to live.
Too many of us let our lives happen by accident. The only person who accidentally made his way to the top was Forrest Gump and that’s fiction. Want success? Be intentional.
Throughout the year we will focus on various aspects of the GallantFew STAR and showcase how our programs and services layer into the GallantFew Functional Fitness (GFIT).
GallantFew can help you identify where you are holding yourself back and help you become intentional in each of the five points of the STAR: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Professional and Social. To learn more visit our GallantFew Functional Fitness page.