Panelists at Monday’s FrankTalks were (from left) Linda Schacht, Jay Moore and Diane LeBlanc. They discussed the wellbeing of mind, body and finances, respectively. // Photo by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
If there is one word that could sum up the theme of January’s FrankTalks lecture hosted by Franklin Tomorrow Monday morning, it may very well be commitment.
Whether it’s one’s mental wellbeing, physical fitness or financial health, the speakers stressed the importance of staying committed to the steps necessary toward accomplishing goals. Of course, with 2019 now well under way, it was fitting that the event held at the Westhaven Residents’ Club would focus on “Getting a Good Start for the New Year — Mind, Body and Treasures.”
On the panel were Linda Schacht, associate professor at Lipscomb University; Jay Moore, director of the Williamson County Schools Athletic Training Program for Williamson Medical Center; and Diane LeBlanc, senior vice president at Renasant Bank.
“I don’t make a New Year’s resolution,” said Schact, who has advised government, business and nonprofit leaders on communication and strategy throughout her career. “I choose a word for the year, and you can try to build some of your commitments, not resolutions, around that word.”
Schact particularly focused on civility and the way it can be obtained in what many consider to be uncivil times.
“I have an interesting take on civility that you might not all agree with,” she explained. “I believe we have to get to civility by deciding on a common set of facts that we will have our civil conversations around. Because it’s hard to be civil if you shut somebody down in the first line.
“It’s particularly important to be respectful of people in these times, because we don’t have a lot of models at the federal level for being respectful. … One of the things we have to do at the local and state level is change and to be different from what we see in Washington. If we follow the Washington talking points, we are never going to be able to find that common ground.”
To improve physical fitness, Moore indicated it’s not necessary to get too elaborate or to sink a lot of money in a training program.
“My theory in exercising and in staying healthy is to keep it as simple as you can,” he said.
Moore recommended setting a goal to walk a mile every day or perhaps half-a-mile, and building on that in time. He said adding weight training or yoga could be beneficial as well.
“That’s the main thing, is to find something you enjoy,” said Moore, who also offered a few tips on nutrition.
When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, 33 percent of those resolutions are finance-related, according to a survey from money.com. That was LeBlanc’s starting point in her presentation on getting one’s money matters as healthy as mind and body.
“I call it getting our house in order, getting things ready for 2019,” she said. “It’s a good time to evaluate.”
She stressed four basic ways to approach finances in a new year:
- Pay yourself more
- Treat your home finances as if you were the CFO of your company
- Protect your financial information, (i.e. creating complex passwords)
- Increase contributions when you get a salary increase