From Doormat to Combat By Cynthia Thompson



From Doormat to Combat: An Empowerment Guide For Shy Persons, People Pleasers, And Those Who Self – Sabotage

Cynthia Thompson

Genre: Non-Fiction, and Self help

Date of Publication: October 25, 2016

ISBN: 978-15371011-70


 Pages: 132

 Word Count: 22,663

Price: $9.95 (ebook) $14.95 (paperback)

Book Blurb:

From Doormat To Combat is about empowering those who struggle with people-pleasing, self-sabotaging behavior, and unmanaged shyness. This is not your typical self-help book. Although the spirit of the author’s work is uplifting and respectable, her messages are unexpected, entertaining and fierce!

Are you a wounded warrior on the front line of life who is shy, to the point that you allow other people to run all over you? Are you so engaged in people-pleasing that you neglect your own well – being? Or, maybe you’re an expert in self – sabotaging behavior that dishonor’s you and keeps you lying prostrate on the battlefield.

Whether you’re one or all three of this “adversarial trinity,” it is time that you stop ambushing yourself by thinking that you are unworthy and that somehow – something, or some other earthly being, is more powerful than you.

This book has been written in a no-nonsense, simple format. The author’s intent is to reach you where you are and help you increase your self – esteem and stand in your own strength. The ultimate goal is to inspire you to embrace your authentic self and to recognize your worth. At some point, you laid down your sword of courage and your shield of resilience – it’s time to pick them back up!

Learn how to use your shyness in your favor.

Learn how to treat the disease to please.

Learn how to stop making your ally an enemy.

Let’s meet inside the pages! It’s time to wage war on the bullies that keep making you cry “Uncle.”

Available at Amazon and B&N

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Cynthia Thompson is a Professional Life Coach and Mentor who specializes in Health, Mental Health, and Emotional Well-Being. The author holds degrees in Psychology and Education and has served as a speaker, consultant, and trainer. Cynthia is also a song writer and martial artist. She enjoys life, love, laughter and Chocolate!


First, I want to thank Cynthia Thompson for doing the interview with me. Read the interview below and found how intriguing she can be.

  1. What is your writing process? My writing process changes depending on what I am writing. If I’m writing on a particular topic, I first get an idea about how I want to present the issue. I will then do research – and then write about it based on the research I’ve discovered and my own personal experience. If it’s poetry I’m writing, then it’s a whole new ballgame. When I write a poem, more times than not, the poem basically presents itself to me and writes itself. I’m simply the vessel that it flows through.
  2. Who are your largest author influences? Some of my largest author influences are: Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Marianne Williamson, Carolyn Myss and Eckhart Tolle.
  3. What is your favorite book? My favorite book is The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  4. What is your latest news? I’m getting ready for a big photo shoot and started back working out on my Total Gym!
  5. What are the five things people do not know about you? Five things people don’t know about me: I still watch cartoons from time to time, Frosted Flakes and Honey Nut Cheerios are my favorite cereals, I eat an apple every single day (Ambrosia Apples are my favorite), I love horses, and I have to have a plug-in fan on when I sleep at night. Even if it’s winter time and the heat is on.
  6. What genre do you write? I write Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Satire, Romance, Drama, Comedy, and Song lyrics. I also have experience writing Plays.
  7. Is there a message behind From Doormat to Combat? The message is that no matter what you struggle with, you can learn the tools to help manage it and overcome.
  8. Why did you pick the title From Doormat to Combat? I chose the title “From Doormat To Combat” because it represents the messages I am expressing throughout the book. Which is, you can go from feeling defeated on the battlefield of life to feeling like a confident and powerful warrior?
  9. What makes you want to empower others? Because I know what it feels like to lack confidence in oneself and in your ability to achieve. I want my readers to know that if they are willing to do their “personal work” that they can learn how to live a better life. In turn, once a person is more empowered, they can help someone else become such.
  10. Why is being shy a weakness? Actually, “shyness” in and of itself, is not a weakness. In fact, research has shown that there is nothing wrong with being shy. Rather, it is “unmanaged shyness” that seems to be the real perpetrator. Shy people are often exceptional listeners and they are great at paying attention.
  11. Why is self-esteem and self-worth important? Self-esteem and self-worth are important because when you feel good about yourself emotionally and cognitively and understand your self-worth, you are more likely to recognize your strengths and abilities, and will operate in them fully as you journey through life. Self-esteem and self-worth develops from knowing who you are.
  12. What is the best way to respond to bullies? The best way to handle bullies is to be kind.
  13. What is people pleasing and why is it harmful to your potential audience? People pleasing, is putting yourself out and ignoring your own needs in order to do whatever is necessary to please someone else. This behavior is harmful because you are not being your true authentic self and it brings about chaos to your spirit.
  14. How many books do you read a year? I read about three books or more a year.
  15. What is the last book you read? The last book I read was No More Christian Nice Girl by Psychologist, Jennifer Degler and Paul Caughlin.
  16. What is the hardest part in writing From Doormat to Combat? Not wanting to stop writing.
  17. What did you enjoy about writing From Doormat to Combat? What I enjoyed most about writing From Doormat To Combat is knowing that once I finished writing the book that it would have the potential to help heal wounded warriors everywhere who suffer from unmanaged shyness, people-pleasing, and self-sabotaging behavior.
  18. How long did it take for you to From Doormat to Combat? 9 to 12 months
  19. Do you have any children or pets? If so, do they distract you, or assist you with writing? Yes. Dogs are magnificent companions. I find that they help me relax. I tend to believe that they also help me to write better.
  20. Have you travel for your book, if so where? Yes. California, Atlanta, Florida, North Carolina and Chicago.
  21. Do you have a day job, you would be comfortable sharing? Do you have any good stories about your day job, you would like to share? Yes, I am an Entrepreneur, Life Coach and Mentor.
  22. Do you have a muse? If you do, what do you love the most about him or her? I have a few muses: Oprah Winfrey, Barack and Michelle Obama and Joel Osteen. What I love the most about these winners is their overall character and honorable attitude. I admire their ability to maintain their composure and true identity, through adversity and negative criticism.
  23. What are your next writing projects? I am currently working on an inspirational poetry book for children.
  24. What are your writing or publishing goals in the future? My goal in the future is to complete the five more books that I’ve already started writing. I am also completing song lyrics for upcoming projects.
  25. How can fans reach you directly?



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