Life happens yet many of us get up, put a smile on our face and try to move forward.
This can be both beneficial and detrimental to our mental health. It is beneficial because you know that I am not an advocate of wallowing in your problems. I am a firm believer in lifting yourself by your boot straps and moving your feet forward. However, as the guest on our Author Spotlight segment, Lyman Montgomery, points out, wearing that mask of happiness when things are falling apart came be harmful.
Join us on today’s episode of The LaKesha Womack Show as Lyman shares his personal story of hiding behind his mask, what he did to break free and how you can break free also.
Tune in live (or listen to the playback) – The LaKesha Womack Show
Call and listen live from your phone – 646.929.2031
Meet Lyman Montgomery…
As a child, Lyman A. Montgomery had a number of physical and emotional issues to deal with: atria ventricular arrhythmia, corrective shoes, severe speech impediment; sexual abuse by his teacher for three years, and the suicide and murder of his grandparents; all this happened before the age of fourteen. As a student, he was bullied and beaten daily during recess and or after school. Despite his personal setbacks and adversities, he applied some specific techniques to his life and saw a dramatic change. Today, he is a well sought-after conference speaker, workshop facilitator and leadership success coach to individuals around the country struggling with the transitions of life and work.
Lyman A. Montgomery serves as the Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Wilberforce University. He holds a MBA from American Intercontinental University and BS degree from Ohio University as well as post-graduate training at Harvard University from the W.E.B. Institute for Afro-American Research in Civic Engagement. He is an ordained minister and President of Lyman Montgomery Success Network, a leadership coaching company. Lyman A. Montgomery’s motto is “Change Takes Courage.”
Are you ready to stop hiding behind a lifetime of pain, hurt and disappointment but lack courage?
In today’s world, image is everything! Imagine navigating through childhood and your adult life carrying the baggage of being bullied because you wore corrective shoes or called a sissy by your step-father because you were unable to stand up for yourself. Lyman Montgomery lived that life and suffered great and consistent losses. Before the age of 14, he was sexually abused by a trusted teacher and experienced the death of two of his grandparents-one of which took her own life.
Lyman kept silent about his abuse, avoided dealing with the grief of his grand mother’s death by never mentioning her, associated with people who were better off financially, developed unhealthy relationships with women, performed as others expected, used accomplishments to feel better about himself and projected a religious lifestyle that was not rooted in righteousness.
Shattered Masks: 7 Masks We Wear & the Strategies to Shatter Them is an autobiographical account of how masks are made in a young person’s life. It is also a self-study to help you identify the mask makers in your life and to shatter the masks you’ve grown accustomed to wearing.