A psychology and coaching expert from Stamford celebrates, after she has spearheaded activity that has brought together an extraordinary collection of 30 real-life stories from men and women all over the world who have overcome modern-day issues, fighting back to become the best version of themselves.
With its collection of real-life stories that shine a light on the diverse and often debilitating pressure we all face today – and how it feels to break free from limitations, ‘B.*.L.L.*.C.K.$ to That, I Choose to Shine!’ captured the attention of readers globally, flying up the Amazon charts to become a No.1 best-seller. Perhaps the catchy title may have attracted attention but in actual fact, it is a robust, registered trademarked acronym standing for “Beliefs Often Limit Life’s Opportunities Constantly Killing Success”.
Created by Melanie Pledger, Founder of DNA Light Up http://dnalightup.net/ – a groundbreaking personal development program that sets to help people suffering personal adversity break through to the light at the end of the tunnel, it has been created to hold a mirror up to the challenges of today’s society and empower us with the message that whatever adversity we are facing all have the strength within to shine.
Mel said: "This is a book written by everyday people for everyday people. People like you and like me. People who’ve done their utmost to navigate the world and live their lives in the best way they know how. Who’ve followed advice (or not) from parents, teachers, friends and colleagues, who’ve perhaps sought help from therapists, counsellors, coaches and mentors. And yet… real and lasting fulfilment (or happiness, peace, freedom, relief or anything else) has somehow remained that elusive prize that’s always just out of reach – whether that’s by a whisker or by a country mile. These 30 authors search their searching and also of how they’ve found answers and I hope it will act as a shining light for others who are feeling lost right now”.
Covering subjects as diverse as; depression, anxiety, burnout, bullying, suicide, imposter syndrome, abuse, addiction and simply ‘not feeling good enough’ all proceeds from the sale go to fund pro-bono work, taking DNA Light Up to the people and places where money is an issue… because these are often the very people who need it most.
Steve Parkinson, Managing Director of Magic and KISS radio said: “This book makes a standout statement – In a busy 21st century world it’s really difficult being a human being. It shines a light on the ever day pressures of modern living. Life can suck, things can go to sh*t, but there is always a way back. And these inspiring stories light you up inside with how these ordinary people went about it.”
Melanie’s own chapter – ‘I stepped out of the mental trap and in to freedom’ – details her journey from feeling exhausted by life and feeling at rock bottom to founding the very successful and popular DNA Light Up pathway - a self development programme that all those in the book have been through, along with hundreds of others worldwide. Her message is around the power of connecting to our soul, our inner self, something all co-authors have embraced in their own journeys to overcome the battles they have faced.
In 2009, Melanie discovered her husband had been unfaithful. On a daily basis she resigned herself to labouring through the endless nightmare of debts, deceit and debris that had continued to surface since she started uncovering his infidelity. Finding enough money to simply buy food had become a struggle. After a horrific meeting with her mortgage advisor, where she felt sick of being the victim, something clicked in her. She decided to tell herself that 'all I need is already within me’ and repeated it to herself over and over again in order to drown out the doubts and fears that were telling her the opposite.
Although she had no idea at the time, this was the birth of what is now known as DNA Light Up. She said: “DNA Light up is not like any therapy that exists – and it’s not meditation or mindfulness either. It’s an experiential, light-hearted yet profound journey that is completed in full consciousness and in a playful manner. Light Up is based on the absolute knowing, and indisputable personal proof, that we already have the answers within us. It is more about looking at things with fresh eyes, remembering and un-learning – particularly much of the conditioning that society has led us to believe is good for us – rather than about acquiring new knowledge. Through continued practice and experiment, it has now evolved in to a step-by-step structured process through which we can identify and link with the core of who we really are – call it what you like… your spark, soul, core, gut-feeling, inner-knowing, spirit…. It doesn’t matter how you term it, what matters is connecting to its power.”
Everyone featured in the book has been through the DNA Light Up programme. For Melanie, bringing DNA Light Up to life has been (and still is) very much about bringing herself back to life. She said: “It’s been about shedding the armour. Becoming naked. Embracing curiosity. Revelling in vulnerability. And it’s a ruthlessly constant and wonderfully rewarding journey. Today I am more at peace with myself and the world around me than I’ve ever been before. Today I’m filled with a constant sense of excitement and curiosity. I find I can move through difficulties more quickly and easily than ever before. There’s a magic to life and a sense of wonderment, safety and belonging. I am alive to my feelings, whatever they may be at any moment in time. The good, bad and ugly all have their place.”
Melanie said; “I am delighted that this book has become a best-seller and hope it helps inspire all those who read it to say 'I also choose to shine!' ”
The book is available at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SW4FWWW
More information on DNA Light Up can be found via the website - http://dnalightup.net/
"I hope this book will act as a shining light for others who are feeling lost right now."
MelaniePledger, Founder of DNA Light Up
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