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Survival Guide for Uncertain Times

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Life can unfold in many different ways. Maybe you're not supposed to know all the answers.
Air Date: 4/25/17
Duration: 23:56
Host: Lisa Davis
Guest Bio: Allison Carmen, JD
Allison-CarmenAllison Carmen spent many years fighting a powerful addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol or fame. It was an addiction to certainty. If she didn’t know what the future would bring (and who does?), she felt anxious and afraid. This decades-long struggle followed her through college, marriage, parenthood, and a successful law career. While everything seemed fine from the outside, Allison was in a constant battle that was unwinnable, sapping her energy, attention, and spirit. Until the day she discovered the power of Maybe.

Maybe is a simple yet powerful philosophy that has transformed Allison’s life, and the life of her many clients (now that she has ditched her legal career and has become a successful business consultant and life coach). The message is this: In the face of uncertainty, Maybe opens your mind and heart. It creates a little space for hope. It allows you to take a deep breath, stay in the present, and forge your own path.

Today, Allison works as an author, life coach, business consultant and blogger. Allison is the author of The Gift of Maybe, a book offering hope and possibility in the face of uncertainty. She works with a vast array of people, from entrepreneurs and owners of multi-million dollar companies to artists, attorneys and parents. Due to her popular blog, www.AllisonCarmen.com and online presence, Allison has tens of thousands of international followers all who are embracing the mindset of Maybe to deal with the fast-paced, changing economic and political landscape all over the world. Allison also writes a blog for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She has made several television appearances and is a guest lecturer at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Many things in life are beyond our control, but the mindset of Maybe presents a simple, powerful way to stay connected to what’s possible, and work to make it happen. It is just one change of perspective, but Maybe it changes everything!

AllisonCarmen holds a BA in accounting, a JD of Law, and a Master’s of Law in taxation.

She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
  • Book Title: The Gift of Maybe: Finding Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Times
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/thegiftofmaybe/
  • Guest Twitter Account: @giftofmaybe
Survival Guide for Uncertain Times
Are you the type of person who has to know exactly what's going to happen, moment to moment?

Allison Carmen spent many years fighting a powerful addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol or fame. It was an addiction to certainty.

We all create stories to structure our lives, to varying degrees. But, some individuals are so attached to those stories that when life doesn't follow the plan, they completely fall apart. 

Allison finally came to understand the beauty of "maybe" and how much it can open you up.

Life can unfold in many different ways. Maybe you're not supposed to know all the answers. Not knowing doesn't equal being unsafe. 

If you're not happy today, uncertainty is your best friend. It's where all your hope and possibilities lie. 

Much of the angst comes from attaching to a plan and an outcome. Instead of shutting down when things don't go according to that plan, open yourself up to all the wonderful things that can happen.

Try to separate the moment from the projection. Maybe doesn't mean you're not going to suffer. There will be tough times. Allow the negative experience, but also allow yourself to realize the next moments are unknown and hold promise. 

Listen in as Allison joins Lisa to explain the empowerment of "maybe" and how you can use uncertainty to fill your life with wonderful, beautiful moments.

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