My own personal experience of health and wellbeing stems from the following post about my history, and what led me to where I am today i.e. helping business owners with the health and wellbeing of themselves and their workforces.
By way of an introduction. At a very young age (approx 7yrs old) I felt that I had to find something I was good at, because up until that point I was constantly being told that I was not good enough. As a consequence of being disciplined by my mother – for no apparent reason that I could think of… using belts and buckles (they were allowed then, so it was ok?). Additionally, I quite simply felt ‘left out of the equation’ when it came to fair decisions being made, in comparison to my younger and older brother – it didn’t seem fair.
I knew I could only win this game of life by switching off from the things that were happening to me, and so I chose to beat myself up (physically and mentally) to ‘compete with myself’ with my own internal challenges.
How could I lose?
My past ‘negative’ experiences were quite simply blanked out for many years, yet looking back were a big turning point towards my own successful and ‘positive’ future career and health and wellbeing success.
Without telling this story to anyone, (until today) I have still managed to help others battle their demons, get over their fears and barriers and overturn any negative excuses – to bring them success no matter what.
My journey begins and ends with individuals – everyday people like you and me (whether you work or don’t work) people within communities, leaders of businesses and employees that want to be looked after as they age within a workplace where they spend most of their daily life. Today we are told to work longer, so in order for health to be maintained for longer takes a certain dedication but the guidance and education must be related to each and every individual – one-size does not fit all when it comes to corporate wellness programs.
For LAMBERT Wellbeing everybody needs help, and great care must be taken to to help the helpless – most corporate wellbeing programs only help the ones that were already on the journey. Certain employers want help but don’t know how, and deep inside they want to lead from the front – and want to be shown – it is always our honour to show them the way.
I believe that my own early memories (all summarised) of being physically and mentally strong have brought me to this point in my life today. The key point to highlight, is that it was not my physical strength that was the driver, it was about mental barriers never being present in the first place. My short-term goal was based on what I wanted to do in my life and doing it no matter what. No negativity existed because doubt was never allowed to develop therefore no fear was present.
This all led to my career in the military and working for the government and helping business owners and their staff with their wellness journeys. I believe my health and wellbeing success was achieved by being in a mind-set of not overthinking it, and just doing it ‘without accepting failure’ – and I continue today (at 48yrs old) with this same strategy.
IF I wanted to put up barriers in the way of my current health and wellbeing, i could include:
- Having 3 young children – all girls 😉
- Studying for my MSc, planning for my ethics submission and dissertation
- Driving long distances to and from face-to-face business opportunities
- Helping others less fortunate than myself
- Etc etc.
I choose however, to never let anyone or anything get in the way of THE single most important thing i have been gifted with – my own health.
If I was to fast forward approx 30yrs or so, for e.g. the past 16yrs my sole passion has seen me helping business owners achieve sustainable success with their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their staff. This 30 years of experience encompasses 2 key journeys that enable me to confidently stand head and shoulders above other health and wellbeing specialists. Namely my distinguished career with the Royal Marine Commandos (1988 – 2001) and my varied and dynamic 13 year career with the UAE government/armed forces (2003 – 2016). Wellbeing formed a major component in both careers, but I will focus on the latter for now.
As a Health & Wellbeing Manager/military advisor with the UAE government/Armed Forces, I was ultimately responsible for successfully strategising, implementing, managing and overseeing the first ever intake of the Emirate’s National Conscription Programme. In effect I was responsible for the wellbeing of over 22,000 individuals. Although my role as a military contractor (rank equivalent to a captain in the UK military) encompassed many roles and responsibilities, ‘corporate’ wellbeing accounted for well over 50% of the entire programme, which when you consider this, it was a monumental undertaking. A regional first. Never been done. No benchmark. I worked with my team to conceptualise the entire programme from scratch.
Thinking back to my years as a Royal Marines Commando and even my current role with the UK MOD, I always like to remind myself of the “State of Mind” tips, given to all Commandos before they start – in order to ready themselves for the hard work and dedication required.
- Get motivated about what you want to achieve from the moment you wake up.
- Monitor your bad habits, like smoking, drinking and eating bad foods.
- Focus on your short-term goals, and the long-term goals will soon materialise
- Try and be as self-reliant and self-sufficient as possible, you will not always have someone by your side pushing you, you must learn to push yourself.
- Don’t rest on your laurels, always strive to go one step further.
- Don’t focus on your limitations, focus on what you want to achieve and how you are going to get there.
- Always have self-belief, you will be capable of more than you think.
- If you have any problems or concerns let others know, as they might be able to help you. Being in the Royal Marines is about teamwork and helping others.
- Pushing yourself to be the best, positive mental attitude and striving for success while working to support others and not being afraid to ask for guidance when needed.
In summary, I think you realise that my life path/career is somewhat unique – and I have not included my time in the USA as a director of health and wellbeing. When you join my journey, you can ask me about this and the other areas too.
In short, i have all of the skills and attributes expected of a Health & WellBeing specialist, but said skills and attributes have been formed in the fires of Mount Doom (Lord of the Rings), rather than in your traditional workplace environments. I think this gives me a substantial edge over the competition – assuming that you as the employer is looking for someone to challenge the norm and get things done.
Hopefully, if you are a business owner you would want to employ someone that exemplifies these traits and more? I look forward to LinkingIn with you, and supporting you on your journey – with not only yourself but of course your company.
Owner and Lead Consultant with LAMBERT