The 1440 Mission

1440 Foundation’s mission is to serve champions committed to helping us grow in relationship, spirit, and wellness.

The value of education has long been widely acknowledged, and perhaps never more so than in this age of information and global connectivity, where education, knowledge, and the intellectual fitness they bring, make life better.

Throughout much of the world, the importance of physical fitness has become widely accepted as well. We know that we will live better if we exercise, eat right, sleep well, and make healthy choices in our everyday lives.

We seek to add to the focus on a fit mind and body the additional definition of “inner fitness,” meaning the awareness of the self inside that mind and body, and “relational fitness,” representing the life skills to build trusted relationships with others in authentic and meaningful ways. We define inner fitness as being self aware and having the self knowledge to make sound and informed decisions that enable us to be the best people we can be. With that foundation, we add relational fitness – the social awareness and the authentic relationship skills to offer support and strength to others, to listen deeply, and to enter into dialogue that unlocks the potential within each of us as individuals and community members.

This vision of inner and relational fitness defines the two wings of our purpose at 1440 – the belief that, with practice and support, we can build richer and more meaningful lives based on a commitment to fitness within, throughout, and across ourselves. We are excited by the further belief that this is not mystical or abstract, but achievable in very practical terms, teachable and realizable with support and practice. The importance of such whole person fitness is equal to the importance we ascribe to physical fitness today and, in our experience, it is easier to do!

So, how do we train, where do we go, and what do we do to realize this new definition of fitness? To answer that, let’s start by asking some questions:

  • What does it mean to be self aware?
  • What are the key ingredients in effective and trusted relationships?
  • What makes some relationships so easy and others so difficult?
  • How do we deal with people who have different values and belief systems?
  • Where can we go to learn and develop relationship skills?

Our health, happiness, and capacity to succeed in life depends on answering these questions, and yet few school lesson plans, healthcare initiatives, or workplace programs address these fundamental questions. The first time many of us address these issues is when we’re already struggling within ourselves, perhaps embroiled in unhealthy or dysfunctional situations — often with those we love and care about the most.

The good news? The practice of developing healthy relationships with ourselves, each other, and our communities doesn’t have to be mysterious. Like anything else, these skills can be developed and practiced over time to make a real positive difference in our lives. To assist, many great teachers, resources, and programs are available and in some cases, have been for thousands of years. Most begin with the same basic elements: awareness of our emotions, authenticity in our actions, trust to share ourselves openly, and empathy to make real connections. Today, there is also some definitive science that confirms the value of such practices, showing us graphically and conclusively what happens when we connect with and employ the capacity we all have.

Getting good at these things, like anything else, requires discipline and practice over time. The result is more healthy, creative, and productive relationships — not just when it’s easy or familiar, but also when people or situations prove difficult.

Authentic Relationship Skills

Four critical building blocks for healthy partnerships, families, communities, and cultures:

  • Self awareness — Focusing our attention on immediate experiences, mindfully listening and learning inside ourselves
  • Authenticity — Deeply understanding, and then sharing our true selves with the people around us
  • Trust — Acknowledging what we need from others and being confident in what we offer, without fear or judgment
  • Empathy — Building compassionate communities and fostering sympathetic practices