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Your journey toward reinventing your life doesn’t have to look the same as everyone else.
Diane Mandel’s story shows how true that statement is. Diane was in a very bad place in her life: a single mom, on welfare, depressed, and struggling to make her life work. She didn’t know what to do but came to the realization that she had to do something. When she got the opportunity to go on a mountain climbing expedition, something happened to her when she reached the top that changed her life forever. What was it? You’ll have to listen to hear her tell the story because she tells it so much better!
When you decide that your life has to change, what steps are you willing to take to make it happen?
Diane Mandel took some pretty drastic steps that included a cross-country move from New England to San Diego, California. It was in Cali that her dreams began to take shape and that she began moving toward fulfilling them in ways she’d never done before. Diane says that you don’t have to have all the pieces in place before you move forward. You can move, knowing that as you move, things will fall into place at the right time. Her story is very intriguing and worth your time.
Reinventing your life requires that you learn to be authentic
You can’t reinvent your life if you’re unwilling to look at who you really are. Diane discovered that as she walked through the bold steps required to put her in places where her life could be different. She’s learned to be comfortable with who she is and to trust that she’ll have the resources to face whatever comes her way. As you listen to her story you’ll be encouraged to assess your own authenticity and make the changes you need to make in order to be more true to yourself.
Adding value to the lives of Veterans suffering from PTSD
Diane Mendel has taken her work with Tibetan bowls and sound healing into the prison system to help incarcerated vets who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. She’s found great fulfillment giving those men the gift of music and healing to some of the deepest wounds you could imagine. Her courage is an inspiration, showing that everyone can find a way to use their passion and gifts to help others and make the world a better place.
When you feel stuck in your situation, what do you do?
Diane Mendel’s advice is simple but profound – and not the typical “take massive action” advice you’ll hear so often in today’s entrepreneurial world. She advises that you reach out, that you find someone who’s further down the path than you are and ask for their help in assessing where you are and where you should be going. Too often people are afraid to ask for help, believing others to be too busy or disinterested to want to help. Diane has great things to say about how to overcome that common tendency in this episode.
All on this episode of the Smart Alex Coach podcast!
Outline of this great episode
- Diane’s life before… a single mom, on welfare, depressed and struggling.
- The beginning of Diane’s learning toward personal growth and belief.
- The decision to change things – a move across the country and the birth of her dreams.
- How things are now – doing much and learning more about being rather than doing.
- Learning to be vulnerable and authentic.
- Having goals without the stringent nature they often inflict on us.
- Diane’s work with Veterans who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- The use of Tibetan bowls in Diane’s work.
- Diane’s advice about what to do when you feel stuck.
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