As a teacher, I started reading “CLIMB” to be able to help my students who deal with severe emotional/behavioral disorders. As I read the book, try as I might to feel the words as a teacher, I kept coming back to myself as an individual and a mother. Thinking how I can apply these skills to myself first, and my children second?
Trauma affects us all in one way or another. It creeps into our lives or it slaps us upside the head. And as much as we want to ignore and pretend it is not affecting our lives, it will not just go away quietly. We must address our trauma for the healing to begin. This book is an easy to read guide with step-by-step directions.
The author reminds us of the importance of always showing our children (whether biological, step-children, students, nieces/nephews, children we mentor, etc.), that we love them and are proud of them above all else. I highly encourage those who love, mentor, guide or teach children to read this book. The world needs more empathy in order to heal, and I believe this book is a great bridge towards us all having a more empathetic heart.
"In a time where racism, poverty, family disruption, and inauthentic spirituality permeate the communities within which the average teenager and young adult must survive, this book comes to refresh the reader with help for the mind, body, and spirit.” It is an excellent read for any age, at any stage of the human journey to its higher self.
Rod uses personal experience, common sense, and sound tools for success in a variety of areas. As the Executive Director of an agency that works to help those reentering society from jail or prison with the hopes of becoming and remaining an ex offender, this book can help someone who wants to plan for success and prepare for the transition back into society in ways that can lead to success. Working with those who are in a pre-sentence phase, the day to day self-examination and planning tools can be quite useful. Spending more than fifteen years coaching high school youth in football, there are many tools that can assist young people in the transition to adulthood.
What a dynamic, readable model to address overall healthy activity. A great self-development tool for life and career.
This is the tool that, if applied as described, will ensure guaranteed success.
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After retiring from the Air Force after 29 years of service to our country, Rod dedicated himself full-time to helping young people succeed in high school, college, and in life. We are highly driven to bring our message not only to our young adults, but also to college staff and student leaders.
Whether as a keynote speaker or a seminar facilitator, we help break through the limiting boundaries faced by our young adults in a new world after COVID. Let us help you move from the world of yesterday's regrets to the world of tomorrow's victories.
“People aren't inherently bad. They simply make bad decisions based on their emotional health. Negative emotions are created through parental abandonment, loss, rejection and trauma (emotional, physical, and/or sexual).”
The keys to success and productivity are already locked deep inside of each one of us. You just need someone to show you the lock and encourage you to open the door.
It's only natural to provide leadership training and veteran transition coaching/speeches to assist our military heroes. Rod also overcame the challenges of transitioning from active duty to civilian life and can speak to the mindset and tools necessary for success.
CLIMB: Face Your Past, Own Your Future
Youth, Young Adults, Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Mentors
PRICE: USD $29.50
CLIMB is a set of strategies designed to help the reader out of emotional isolation. This workbook offers five transformational steps that empower the reader to take action in the present so they can own their future and ultimately fulfill their life’s purpose.
PURPOSE AND NEED:
This workbook serves as a coaching tool to help teens and adults face unresolved issues or past hurts that often keep them from living their best life. Whether the past hurt stems from parental abandonment, loss of a loved one, abuse, or bullying, a person cannot overcome what they refuse to confront. When you haven’t been given the tools to properly confront the pain of the past, it often leads to deviant behavior such as gang activity, gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse, crime and sexual promiscuity. Unresolved emotional pain can also manifest itself in non-violent ways such as eating disorders, being consistently withdrawn, excessive gaming, tobacco usage and listening to explicit music, all of which can negatively impact your most important relationships, which impacts your future.
CLIMB II: Time to SOAR
AUDIENCE: Youth, Young Adults, Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Mentors
PRICE: USD $29.50
This workbook helps youth live an exceptional life by changing their daily rituals and routines that will set them apart from others and assist them in living their lives on purpose and with purpose.
PURPOSE AND NEED:
Many teens are growing up without an effective adult mentor speaking into their lives. This workbook serves as an information guide to fill that gap and provide teenagers with information on how to become successful by creating a healthy mind, body, and spirit. This workbook serves as a coaching tool to provide step-by-step guidance on how to live an exceptional life by changing your routine.
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As a passionate advocate in the areas of emotional wellness, Rod encourages youth and adults to engage in positive decision-making behaviors by addressing the issues of trauma/grief head on. In his presentations, Rod focuses on empowering young men, women, and adults by teaching them ‘The 5 Steps to Emotional Wellness’ based on his intense research and his personal journey. He also taught Opioid Use/Misuse Prevention throughout the state of Florida on
behalf of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He has worked successfully with community leaders, 5-county school districts, multiple
colleges/universities, the Dept of Justice, Dept of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA),
University of South Florida-Health Faith-Based Opioid Task Force, etc. to build effective programs that correlate mental health with substance misuse, helping get to the root of the issue. His speeches are powerful, informative, motivational, and entertaining.