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Virtual Interview with Mal Duane

Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 3 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Mal Duane whose book Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power launches on Amazon on Tuesday February 14, 2012.

Mal Duane has triumphed over devastating life challenges to become an Alpha Chick extraordinaire. After having struggled with alcoholism as a young woman, Mal now has a dream marriage, a highly-successful business, and as a certified Professional Recovery Coach, is deeply involved with helping women discover and use their connection with the divine power to redefine their lives and step away from their pain. She also serves clients through the multi-million dollar real estate company that she built from scratch. As she strongly believes in educating women, she built a school in Konjila, West Africa that educates a hundred students annually, and created Holly’s Gift, an educational assistance fund, which will receive proceeds from the sale of each copy of Alpha Chick.

Alpha Chick, Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power is a model for any woman who dreams of having happiness, success, and fulfillment. It clearly guides the reader step-by-step in the process of becoming her own unique brand of Alpha Chick, using Mal’s simple 5-step formula for self-worth, freedom and transformation. The book is coming to Amazon on Tuesday February 14th, 2012 – Valentine’s Day. Mal says, “I chose Valentine’s Day because I wanted women to give themselves the gift of self-love on that day.”

Yesterday, Mal visited my pal Callie Carling at Positivity Bubbles, where she shared her recent interview with Mal about Alpha Chick Process, the power of love and gratitude.

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Mal when I got to ask her some questions on the subject of from pain to power and spiritual practices. I hope you enjoy it.

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Me: The 1st part of your book is all about your personal journey from pain to power. Everyone that has the courage to take that journey is always an inspiration to others. So inspire us – could you summarize for me here the journey you’ve been on? What’s the pain? What’s the power?

Mal Duane: Great question, thank you. Getting to the place of peace that I am in now was a very long journey for me. Here’s a summary of my journey from pain to power:

Unhappy in my own skin for many years, I would wake up every day virtually paralyzed by my own fears. I would be tormented by the possibility that people would discover I was a fake; that I wasn’t whom I pretended to be. The persona I projected was this happy, fun-loving, care free, extremely funny girl who acted as though she had the world at her feet. But behind the happy mask that I wore for so many years was a deeply depressed and dependent soul, searching to be loved. I would drink to feel good about myself and suppress the pain, but after a while the numbing effects didn’t work. I became depressed and fearful all the time. My mask was gone.

On December 30, 1989 – my last day of drinking – I thought I couldn’t continue. I did not see many options available to me. Death was starting to look like a pretty good one when, in one of my daily meditations, I heard a voice I had never heard before giving me instructions. I was told that if I learned some very specific lessons, my life would be amazing — so I gave into faith and I listened.
That was the first day of the rest of my life. On that day I started on a journey of personal transformation and empowerment and I have never looked back. This journey, which led to the creation of the Alpha Chick Process, was driven by faith.

I have chronicled this journey in my new book Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power. Here I write about the ethos of the Alpha Chick Process and how you, too, can apply the Five Steps of Faith to affect positive change in your life.

Me: Pain always brings with it the opportunity to deepen your connection to your power. The problem is that often when you’re in pain the last thing you feel is accessible to any power. What are the 5 steps you outline in the 2nd part of your book that took you from pain to power?

Mal Duane: The Five Steps of Faith in the Alpha chick Process will help you clarify who and what you want. They will help you to release limiting behaviors that continue to cause you pain. They will help you set intentions for new action steps to create the life you want.
The steps are:

Focus
Acceptance and Attitude
Identification and Intention
Thoughts
Healing and Helping

Focus:
Whether it’s through meditation, prayer, or writing; find a way to connect with your inner voice – your higher power. It is inside of you, and you’ll know it when you find it, because it’ll just “feel right.”

Take the time to ask yourself poignant and revealing questions and your subconscious will make room for the answers. Your transformation begins when you have the courage to honestly examine your beliefs and addictive behaviors – and this is what Focus is all about.

Acceptance and Attitude:
In life, we can cling to denial so vehemently, that it may become all we know. It blocks out positive energy and binds us to the past. The main idea behind the Acceptance & Attitude step is to finally identify and accept what has happened in your past and stop resisting it, so you can approach life with a new attitude. Once you accept what has happened to you, you’ll notice that your attitude will change almost immediately.

Identification & Intention:
In this step, I will encourage you to identify 3 things negative behaviors that block your potential, and then set intentions for positive actions so you can change them. The main idea behind the Identification & Intention step is to map out ways to actively change your life within the Mental/Emotional, Spiritual, Financial/Career and Physical realms. By setting intentions and actively seeking to change your life, you will learn to work positively and consistently to get the things you want out of life, whether it is a new love, a bigger house, a better relationship with your boss, or a closer bond with your family.

Thoughts:
You’ll notice, especially as you work through the 5 Steps of Faith, that you tend to repeat patterns in your life. One of those patterns is reverting back to past negative feelings when you are in a place of insecurity. In this step, I ask you to shift your thoughts to the present when you find yourself reverting to past pessimistic thoughts and damaging feelings. We’ll identify these self-defeating thoughts, and discover ways to deal with them, including creating affirmations to help you shift from the past back to the present

Healing and Helping:
When you reach this step in the Alpha Chick Process, I encourage you to share this knowledge and help other women learn to tap into their power. To continue to heal, you must reach out and help others with their journey.

I embarked upon step 5 when I decided to write my personal story and share it with the world. How you decide to teach other women is up to you. It could be one person at a time, or it could be more. Start by identifying one activity of service that you would like to perform, and then identify an individual that you think would benefit from the 5 Steps of Faith in the Alpha Chick Process. As you discover new ways to reach people and share your knowledge, you will become more and more focused, enlightened and powerful.

Me: In my own journey my spiritual practices have been absolutely vital. What are your absolutely necessary practices and why?

Mal Duane: Without faith in who we are and what our purpose is, we exist under the opinions and instructions of others. We look for that validation outside of ourselves rather than from within.

I need to meditate daily to quiet my mind which can really take off through the connection to ego. By daily centering myself in my higher consciousness, I am able to live my life from a place of faith and belief about myself. I support my meditation with prayer and journaling.

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I hope you enjoyed this interview with Mal Duane and that you’ll check out her book Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power

Here’s why:

Alpha Chick Telesummit

10 Alpha Chick Mentors Share Their Wisdom on this
FR*EE 3-Day Online Event
February 7th, 8th & 9th, 2012
12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern/8pm UK

Over the course of 3 days, Mal and her guests will be exploring the journey of AWAKENING your inner Alpha Chick, discovering your true MAGNIFICENCE, and learning how to TAKE ACTION to achieve your dreams.

Here’s Mal’s wonderful guest line-up:

Mal Duane – Certified Professional Recovery Coach; author of Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power
Lynn Serafinn – Coach; marketer; author of The 7 Graces of Marketing and The Garden of the Soul
Christine Kloser – award-winning author; mentor to transformational authors and conscious entrepreneurs
Paula Tarrant – Transition/transformation coach for women; Founder of Inspired Women Work
Auriella ONeill – teacher, empowerment coach, radio host
Dr. Joe Rubino – personal development trainer, success & life-optimization coach, bestselling author
Brenda Adelman – MA in Spiritual Psychology, forgiveness coach, recipient of a Hero of Forgiveness Award, an award-winning actress
Krystalya Marie’ – Energy healer for body, mind and spirit
Lissa Coffey – Lifestyle and relationship expert, author of What’s Your Dharma and 5 other books, founder of CoffeyTalk.com.
Chaney Weiner – Media expert, authority on human potential and personal development, founder of the Chaney Institute of Human Potential

This special 3-Day telesummit is Mal’s FR*EE gift to you,
to celebrate the launch of her book, which is coming
Tuesday February 14, 2012.

FREE GIFTS TOO!
When you buy Mal’s book on Tuesday February 14, 2012, Mal would like to give you the MP3 downloads of the Alpha Chick telesummit, PLUS invite you to attend a special teleclass at where she will personally take you through the five step process of transformation from the book Alpha Chick.

PLUS… you’ll also receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts from authors, speakers, coaches and other enlightened professionals from around the globe.

To claim your FREE pass to the Alpha Chick Telesummit
and read about the free gifts, go to:
http://alphachick.com/book-launch/pages/pre-launch.html

Thanks for reading! As usual, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

AND… be sure to follow Mal tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Stephanie Rainbow Bell, who will be interviewing Mal on the subject of a couple of power questions and spiritual practices. Visit that “stop” on the tour here.

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