Stephen and Sonji Millet have been through the wars—dysfunctional childhoods, multiple marriages, job displacement and dissatisfaction, the challenges of co-parenting, depression, relationship friction—but individually and together they overcame ALL of it by commanding themselves to TALK STRAIGHT DAMMIT!
That’s talking straight to their negative, disempowering, blaming inner voice, and transforming that clarity into their greatest asset—and talking straightto everyone else in their lives, whether that was co-workers, bosses, family members, spouses, children, friends or lovers.
Today, they have created a life of BLISS, which they define as the freedom to love and be loved in abundance, with complete forgiveness and without judgment. BLISS also derives from their concepts of BOLD, LEVERAGE, INSPIRED, SELF and START NOW—the steps that lead to that freedom and joy.
Their book, TALK STRAIGHT DAMMIT: How to turn negative limiting beliefs into powerful actions to create a life of BLISS, with a foreward by Lisa Nichols, provides a compassionate, but no-nonsense approach to stepping into one’s truth and power.
Stephen and Sonji bring two unique perspectives to personal growth that is in short supply and which may resonate with many...their African American cultural experience and that of marriage and relationship partners together offering their tested and successful approach as a team from both the male and female aspects.
Together and individually, Stephen and Sonji, have used themselves as laboratories to find the solutions to turning obstacles into opportunities. In the book, they each recount stories of lessons learned, fresh paths forged, and the ways they overcame whatever they individually faced to come out with new understandings. It is woven into a tight and concise, easy-to-read, step-by-step methodology employing talking straight as a road to BLISS.
Today, they offer a process that is transforming lives. Finding each other 10 years ago proved the catalyst both needed to follow their hearts in serving others who are suffering, in pain, struggling with low self-worth, stuck in relationships with abusers or emotionally absent partners, or falling short of their professional or financial success. And they are especially adept as helping couples navigate the landscape of communication, appreciation, and expectations. There is, in fact, a very frank chapter in their book on TALKING STRAIGHT DAMMIT about sex between loving couples.
So many times in my formative years I wish I had the guidelines to managing my self-talk. Little did I know, my life was a physical manifestation of the conversation going on in my head. That’s huge. When I finally got that I can navigate my life’s experience by first navigating the conversation going on in my head, I felt like there was an epiphany. I felt like there was an awakening. I remember the day. I was 25 years old in Spokane, Washington, reading a great book. In this book, I began to see that my thoughts were actually navigating my life experience. That was the beginning of the Lisa Nichols that you see today.
So, when that my good friends Stephen and Sonji said that they were writing a book called TALK STRAIGHT DAMMIT… Oh! The title alone captivated me! A disruptive title that says, “Give me the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Allow me to make my decisions that shape my future based upon facts not fiction.” I was super excited. Then to have the opportunity to write the forward to the book was even more exciting!
When you look at TALK STRAIGHT DAMMIT, it helps us to navigate the path of turning a negative limiting belief into a powerful conversation, that will not only influence our actions but help to create a blissful life that each one of us, you and I, actually want and we deserve. It’s your birthright to live in BLISS. Most of us live in normal, we even live in chaos, and every now and again we visit BLISS. Well, TALK STRAIGHT DAMMIT teaches you how to not visit BLISS but to reside and take out real estate in the space called BLISS. No longer look through the window at other people enjoying their lives and enjoying their experiences, but now have it yourself.
Stephen breaks down so many great points as he does so masterfully as an orator, as a minister, and as a teacher. He infuses his colorful language, the ability to not only speak to a story but to show you that story. Sonji brings in her masterful, strategic, linear thinking of structure and layout to get us from ‘A’ to ‘B’ and ultimately to ‘Z,’ which is where we all want to end up, in a place, in that destiny that we call joy.
What I love about this book is that it allows you to identify, create, and navigate a powerful conversation, not only about yourself, but about your family, your career, your relationships, your spirituality, and your money. This book unapologetically says, who you are is so valuable that you can only give yourself the straightest, clearest, most powerful conversation about the man or woman you are becoming.
I love the definition they offer for BLISS. BLISS is the freedom to love and be loved in abundance with complete forgiveness and without judgment. This book navigates you through living in a judgment-free, forgiveness-based relationship with yourself. It is not only a must-have for you, but it is a must-have for those that you love.