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Learning the DWEP from Home
Knowledge of self-care and virality.
Hi friend, I hope you are well and taking good care of yourself 😊.
A week ago, someone came up to me with a smile and told me I'd be glad to hear something.
His name is Michael. He had heard briefly about the Daily Wellness Empowerment Program (DWEP) from a participant in the second cohort, was moved by the words "wellness" and "empowerment", and looked it up online when he got home.
This is what happened next:
As you can imagine, I was indeed super happy to hear his story.
It is always heartwarming for me to know that the things I share are helping others, and in Michael's case it was especially meaningful because he had learned the DWEP at home (unlike previous testimonials that came from people who had taken a course with me) and yet he fully understood the spirit of the DWEP, successfully implemented it in his life, and deeply benefited from its practices and tracking method.
The Knowledge of Self-Care
One thing that Michael told me off camera and allowed me to share here is that for him the worst part of the suffering he experienced in his life was feeling powerless, not understanding where it was coming from and what he could do about it.
I totally resonate with that. I was also not taught about wellness in school, and when my mental health broke down as a teenager, I fell into deep confusion. I was under the impression that my suffering just "happened to me" and had no idea what I was doing wrong and what I could do better. Like someone who'd waited until he was dying of thirst to start digging a well, I was mentally drained, yet desperate to learn ways to restore my mental health.
My experience has led me to believe that the most valuable kind of knowledge is the knowledge of self-care.
As the non-vegan saying goes, give a man a fish and he will have food for the day, but teach him how to fish and he will have food for his whole life. And as the Mental Health Revolution saying goes, give a man a pat on the back and he will feel better for the day, but give him a DWEP Sheet and he will feel better for his whole life. Lol 😅.
Seriously, though. Give him a DWEP Sheet.
The knowledge of self-care is the most precious gift we can offer because it is,
a gift that empowers the recipient: we allow them to stand on their own feet, without any dependency,
a gift that keeps on giving: the more they take care of themselves, the better they feel, and
a gift that positively impacts all aspects of the recipient’s life: when they feel better, they show up better for their dreams, their relationships, and the world.
When you share money, you divide it, but when you share knowledge, you multiply it. When you share the knowledge of self-care, you still know how to take care of yourself, but now the other person also knows how to take care of themselves. This has deep implications.
Designing a Viral Wellness Program
I expect Michael's testimonial to be just the first in a long line of people empowering themselves from home with the DWEP’s ten practices.
There is a rule that the world of technology has repeatedly confirmed over the past fifty years: a game-changing product must be both cute and powerful. Cuteness is the ability to attract tender attention and invite adoption and care. Power is the ability to achieve a desired outcome more easily and efficiently. A product that is powerful but not cute scares people, and a product that is cute but not powerful makes people smile. As I designed it and as I continue to fine-tune it moving forward, my goal is to make the DWEP both cute and powerful.
You can see this in:
the Five DWEP Criteria: the fact that all of the practices are do-it-yourself, simple, and free makes them adoptable, and the fact that they’re backed up by science and holistically effective makes them powerful.
the DWEP’s teaching methodology: allowing people to set their own goals while being supported by like-minded friends makes it cute, and spaced repetition, learning by doing, and active recall make it powerful.
the layout of the DWEP Sheet: the emojis and rounded corners make it cute, while the structure and the content of the table make it powerful.
the bad jokes I sometimes crack when offering the DWEP:
very powerful.wait, no. cute. anyway.
I believe the DWEP is cute and powerful enough to go viral.
I also don’t doubt that it can be improved, and if you have ideas to make it even cuter and/or more powerful, please let me know.
If you haven’t started the DWEP, the best way to do so is to print a DWEP Sheet and get going.
And if you’ve already benefitted from the DWEP, please consider spreading the word to your family, friends, and enemies (if they feel better, they’ll annoy you less), because the Mental Health Revolution will not be televised.
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The #1 thing you can do to get started on this Mental Health Revolution is to print a Daily Wellness Empowerment Program (DWEP) Sheet and get going.