Oklahoma Training Touches the Heart

Posted 10/24/2018 | By HealthCorps

By Kassandra Johnston | HealthCorps Coordinator 2017 – 2019

This past week, the Chickasaw Nation hosted training for their staff and HealthCorps Coordinators. Pam McCarthy, who worked alongside the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health to develop our Mealtime Blessings campaign, led the training for us. She believes in the power and science of emotion and influence. The training not only helped us look at the “emotional drivers” of others, but also the emotional drivers within ourselves.

Here are some of the big nuggets of knowledge that I got from the training:

“Do good work and good things will happen.”

I think a lot of times when we are working during the week and doing different projects, we forget why we are doing it or what the point of it is. You can do a task for work and turn it in, or you can go above and beyond expectations of that task. The outcome of the task will be different depending on how much effort you put into it.

“Always start with emotion – NOT logic.”

Humans are emotional creators. We want to feel connected and a sense of belonging. Yes; we have tasks that are annoying or daunting, but we want to know how our tasks make us and others feel once we accomplish it.

“Feelings are more important than facts.”

My logical scientist mind hurts when I said this statement, but it is true when it comes to behavior change. People want to work-out because of that “runner’s high” or the confidence that they feel after the workout. They don’t necessarily care about how their heart rate was increased or their muscles contracting/relaxing.

“Emotions make memories.”

All of us can relate to this in some level. We remember how that person made us feel after hanging out with them or remember a place that made us feel a sense of belonging. I always try to give an edited PG-13 real-life story that relates to the health lessons I am teaching. Like the story about how my dad and brothers went to the NASCAR speedway and brought whole box of Fiber One bars with them. Yes; we need fiber, but it wasn’t the best time when there were only portable toilets around.

This was an emotional training and it definitely memorable! I took home many nuggets of knowledge and my fellow Coordinators did too. It was insightful, heartfelt, and authentic.

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