Today our expert guest is the awesome and inspirational Sean Douglas, a U.S. Air Force veteran, Master Resilience Implementer, TEDx speaker, international radio show host, performance enhancement specialist, and the author of Decisions: The Power To Overcome Self-Defeating Behaviors.

Sean teaches others mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual resiliency skills that empower them to withstand, recover, and grow through life’s changing demands. In the process, Sean equips people with the tools they need to live EPIC lives, and leaves them better equipped to manage change effectively.

Today, Sean is successful and fulfilled – but getting there was a difficult and decades-long journey.

Growing up in Detroit, Sean lived in 11 different houses and attended eight different schools. It wasn’t a good way to grow up, and he tried to suppress the problems with alcohol – which, ultimately, only lead to more problems.

Eventually, Sean had all but given up. He had a bottle of whiskey and a handgun – and then he received a call.

Ten years ago, Sean went to see a chaplain and gave himself one more chance. This time, things started to change because he found something he had been missing: a purpose.

Sean’s purpose is to share his experience as a suicide survivor globally, so that he can inspire others to hope, succeed, and grow, even through the worst seasons of their life.

To do that, Sean believes you need three tools:

  1. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. #CountingBlessings
  2. Create values-based goals. Sean calls this “Living Your Brand.”
  3. Develop a personal board of directors. “If every major company has board meetings to talk about growth and sales, why are we not doing that for our life?”

Sean expands on these tools, and his story, in his book. If you want more guidance and inspiration, I highly recommend picking up a copy.

The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway

“You have the power to turn the page and write a new chapter. You have the brain power. You have the internal motivation, Whether you believe it or not, you have the internal motivation, passion, and purpose to say, ‘This is not how my story ends.’ Everybody has that ability, whether you believe it or not.

“I’m telling you that you do because I was on the floor, with a gun in my hand, ready to end my life. Ten years later, my dream came true of having my own TEDxTalk. It’s not going to happen overnight, but you have the power to turn the chapter and write a new one. Just turn the page.”

There is always hope. If you are in a place of crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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