Diana Patton is one of the strongest, most powerful, motivational woman we have ever come in contact with. She is helping women around the world become the best people they can be and she is fighting so hard to make the world a better place. Check out the amazing Diana Patton below and at dianarpatton.com!!
What exactly do you do?
My mission is to help women push past abuse, adversities and challenges to find their God-given identity and use their real identity to service to others. Basically, I want to help women be the best they can be, to keep it real, and to serve others. I accomplish my mission by hosting workshops and speaking to women. I also work with young girls to help them understand their “brand” and personal identity. I also speak to organizations that are innovative and want to become more emotionally intelligent and help their employees clarify their identity and strengths at work to push past challenging conversations and situations.
The young women I am trying to reach are between the ages of 13 and 25. I am trying to “plant seeds” that will help them grow and begin to believe in their unique “brand”. Once they are 25, they typically fully understand and realize what I am talking about – this was the age I had my awakening. However, I need more seasoned women (between the ages of 25-55) to help me fulfill my mission, which means they too need to work on pushing past adversities and challenges that are likely holding them back. When I was 25, my body, mind, and thinking patterns changed. Over time, I stopped my full time work as a civil rights attorney and started my work as a speaker. Speaking and sharing my raw true story of grit and determination is in my DNA – I know it is my time to help other women live out their God given-identity and to keep it real, to help others do the same.
Why did you become an inspirational speaker?
I have always known that I like to talk, a lot. I am the sixth of seventh children and I have always been super active, excited about life, and talkative. However, being a speaker was not initially in the cards because I did not know how to make a living as a speaker. I thought that becoming an attorney sounded very logical, safe, and more respectable. So, I went that path and became an attorney. Although I enjoyed helping people as an attorney, I always felt I was working on the wrong end of the problem. I want to work with people to help stop some of the problem from occurring. Speaking and encouraging people has always been a gift of mine. I realized that it was time for me to become a full-time speaker. I want to do more than just share words. I want my words to have a positive life-changing impact. I want to show the work behind my words and what it takes to “keep it real”. In return, I hope that others will be willing to do the work to change their life. By hosting workshops, writing blogs, conducting speaking engagements and programming, posting encouraging Facebook LIVE videos and other social media posts, and writing my book, Inspiration in My Shoes, I am able to share my life-changing mission. My workshops and books are helping people understand my words.
Who is your target audience?
My target audience is women between the ages of 25 and 55 – they are reading my book and listening to what I am saying and being changed by it. Fundamentally, I am working with people about my age who are still dealing with many issues and challenges of their past. Most people who live in the past do not see the hope and joy that is in front of them, aren’t secure in their own identity, and aren’t equipped to help someone move past their challenge. Once women overcome their pasts and train themselves in their personal identity; they are equipped to share the tools they’ve incorporated into their life to help a younger person move past their adversities and challenges, with clarity and confidence and the desire to keep it real.
What is the most rewarding part of being an inspirational speaker?
Well, I think for me it has been that ah-ha moment. It is amazing when people say to me, “Thank you so much for sharing your story,” and “Now I know I am not alone, I can be an overcomer and can conquer the world.” That feedback shows me what people are doing and I know that they are serving and helping others with the words I am sharing with them. These people are sharing my affirmations and serving others, and that is just so amazing.
How has your life changed since becoming an inspirational speaker?
My God-given identity has grown and changed since I have become an inspirational speaker.
I realize I am not living for myself. There is a lot of sacrifice of “self” and stepping out of my comfort zone to inspire people to change. It is this constant letting go of the perceptions people may have of me and being confident in my God-given identity – an awareness of my true self. When I speak, I put it all out there and I am putting my whole self on the line so that people can see authenticity. I am constantly learning about myself and sharpening my focus. My God-centered spiritual life has grown immensely. I always look for something deeper than what I can physically see around me. That is where my faith comes in.
I look to God for my personal affirmations and read the Bible consistent inspiration – I no longer look to other people to define who I am and for my affirmations. Of course, at times, I do have difficulties and questions about my direction. However, the more I pray, the more I know that God made me and that he directs my path – I have a purpose and I am on a mission.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love wine and chocolate. Standard stuff.
What do you do for fun?
So much of my life is fun. I live looking for joy. I really like hanging with my kids, love dancing in general but especially with my kids. Everyone who knows me knows that I love to dance. Dancing is a like speaking – I just lay it all out there – I laugh a lot.
What is your favorite thing to eat?
I really love good, awesome bread. Handmade, crusty, crunchy bread with real butter, and with wine and a good salad, it is my favorite thing to eat.
Describe yourself in one word.
How would your best friends describe you?
Life giving, filled with faith, loving, fun, high energy, and getting it done.
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”
We all have light within us. We have the option to choose our path. We are either choosing darkness and hate or light and love. My goal is to choose light and love. This world can beat you down but the best way to change that is to choose light and love. If each person chose that, imagine what our world would be like. I want to be a living example of this quote. Love is a verb – it requires sacrifice, action and training yourself in who God says you are – every single day to be the change we wish to see in this world.