At the beginning of a new year several years ago, I asked myself this question: What am I going to do this year that lets me overcome trauma and begin to live more in the present?
I admit, my very-confused-at-the-time self didn’t have an answer. Instead, another question came up: How do I even get started?
Poised at the threshold of making change, it’s very easy to get stuck because you just don’t know how to begin. That’s exactly what last night’s show was all about. My guests, coach Katie Humphrey and survivor, Carter Lee, both had a lot to say on this topic.
Kicking off the evening, Katie described a 3-step process for making change:
- Make a decision
- Work smarter not harder
- Never stray from your goal
On the show she went into great detail about each of these steps and gave concrete examples of how they work — and what to do when they don’t!
Then, Carter shared his story of surviving childhood sexual abuse and overcoming symptoms of PTSD. His voice and charisma are inspiring. So, too, were his 3 steps for getting the job of change done:
- Admit your trauma
- Seek counseling
- Get to the root cause of your distress
Both of these guests talk about the process of change, its difficulties, and also its successes. What a great way to begin a new year, with a prescription for change that you can begin TODAY.
Here’s a quick peek at my terrific guests:
As a keynote speaker, empowerment coach, author and spokesperson, Katie Humphrey inspires women to feel fit, confident and motivated. Her dynamic Revolution of YOU brand helps overwhelmed and stressed out women confidently reach their goals.
Katie has been interviewed on many radio stations and has been featured in Shape.com, The Couch Potato Diet and is a featured expert on ChickRx, a savvy health and wellness resource for women. With a passion for helping others, she volunteers at Pace Center for Girls and founded the Girl Empowered Club, a program that helps teen girls feel healthy, happy and confident. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Stetson University and is president of JK Humphrey International. She resides in Ocala, Florida with her husband.
Carter Lee is the President of Innovative Social Dynamics, a professional speaker, columnist of In That Moment of Space for the Washington Times Communities, and author of When Jonathan Cried For Me. Formerly an actor, stand-up comedian, and involved in the sports-entertainment industry, Carter was a licensed professional wrestler, promoter, and booker. During this time, Carter struggled a great deal internally.
He was diagnosed with chronic depression, PTSD, due to childhood sexual abuse from the hands of a pedophile, and struggled with his weight and anger. He decided he was going to stop living under the oppression of his negative thoughts and emotions, and began a journey to transformation. Through this journey Carter found his road map to freedom, and no longer suffers from PTSD, depression, anger, or his weight; and he’s on no medications. He now dedicates his time to helping others achieve a true-transformation similar to his own.