The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is honored to welcome local author and brain injury survivor, Mia Dalene Marcum-McCoy, to the BEST Learning Center on Friday, March 6,2015 at 6:30 p.m. for a celebration and book signing event of Marcum-McCoy’s new book, “Phenomenal Brain Power: From Brain Injury to Brain Awakening.” We took a few minutes to sit down with the author and ask her a few questions. Prepare to be inspired!
BEST: What is the best part about being able to have these upcoming book signing/reading events for your new book?
MM: Meeting the fascinating people. Standing up and starting the conversation, being a voice and a face so this silent epidemic and the ignorance around it ends.
BEST: What’s it like for you to be able to connect with others in person or online to talk about the book?
MM: Every person I talk with provides another piece to my healing journey. It’s awesome to be someone people know they can talk to and look to. I’m someone who understands. It’s also a bit surreal. It’s something I’ve looked forward to since I started writing the book. It feels good to be doing something I find so meaningful and providing a positive contribution to society.
BEST: What is the most important thing you would tell a fellow brain injury survivor as they start their journey to healing?
MM: Some well-meaning people (and a couple ugly ones) are going to try to tell you what you can and can’t do. Go ahead and listen and know that’s their perspective. But don’t adopt their projections for you….Unless you like what they’re saying.
You are an untapped powerhouse. You are the only one who has control over how you’re life is going to play out. It all starts with your mindset.
Rewiring and reprogramming your brain and body is common conversation in the world of athletes and human potential experts. Direct your focus and mindset toward what you desire to accomplish. Know when we choose a path, influences rush in and you may think some things are insurmountable … But they only are if you believe they are. Keep returning your focus to your desired outcome and eventually you will reach it or something better.
Don’t despair. We can’t look at our lives from lack and loss and be expected to build a life from that vantage point. The thing that’s changed is the set of habits you associate with being you. Who you really are is still in there. Follow your interests and explore what’s possible for you, not what others tell you is possible for you. Don’t underestimate what you’re capable of.