Create Impactful Relationships for Massive Success

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Unless you are a hermit, everything in business and life is about relationships. So gaining mastery in building amazing, impactful relationships is the key to success.

Here are the five keys to creating impactful relationships in every area of your life:

  1. Focus on the Other. Seek to serve and support instead of putting yourself first, thinking about ‘What’s in it for me?’ Give unconditionally and the rest will follow. When others feel seen, heard, ‘gotten,’ acknowledged and loved, you will truly be a powerful contributor in their lives.
  2. Be Interested. Ask questions instead of talking talk about yourself. This is so simple, yet so powerful. All it takes is to be genuinely interested, and people will open up right away.
  3. Listen. Instead of waiting to speak, listen openly. This will immediately put people at ease and build trust, which is one of the most important elements in great relationships.
  4. Keep Your Heart Open. Relationships are living organisms. This is so easy to forget, especially with long-term relationships. Like flowers, they need nurturing and tender loving care to blossom.
  5. Be Intentional. While you can’t actually ‘make’ anyone feel anything, you can be intentional in how you want to make people feel-and then be and do what it takes to create those ideal relationships.

Think about the relationships in your life. How are they going? Are they ideal in every way or are there some gaps between where they are and the ideal? If so, think about how you could be different and what you could do differently to create great relationships. Use these keys to take a baby step and then another, and watch what happens!

Thriving Woman Spotlight: Kimberly Schehrer, MA

Thriving Woman Spotlight: Kimberly Schehrer, MA

Meet Kimberly Schehrer, founder of Academy for Independence. In this role, she empowers teens through their academic and everyday challenges. Through this process, Kimberly helps them strengthen their resilience, independence, accountability, and self-esteem so that they begin to make breakthrough choices on their own, beyond what they previously considered as possible.

How long have you been in business? Academy for Independence was founded in 2007.I have over a decade of experience working with teens and young adults with developmental and learning disabilities, gifted teens, and talented individuals.

Why did you begin your business? I respect diversity and my perspective stretches beyond labels. My belief is that every individual possesses capacities and abilities, regardless of a medical, psychological, or educational “diagnosis.” My gift lies in listening, connecting, and bringing cognitive awareness of my clients’ brilliance into their everyday reality.

What is your mission for your business? Empowering teens from all walks as a head start to conquer their limiting beliefs and acknowledge their potential to fulfill their dreams. In the process, they become an inspiration and invitation for others to acknowledge their gifts and create change on the planet as well. This process transforms them.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? My intuition. My acknowledgement of my awareness. My heart. The world grabs at us. We can choose to succumb to this or Breathe and trust our awareness, I choose to Breathe, not suffocate!

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? To get a top business coach. I began with $150. If you don’t have money to invest in a coach, save until you can. Never give up! I followed my heart and while overcoming many business/logical mistakes along the way, listening to my heart has given me the most joy. I embrace the unknown because it allows me to explore and be more creative. The one thing, looking back, would be to have started this sooner than I did.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? My authenticity creativity, and self-confidence.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business?  Simplicity. Self-confidence. Inspiring others.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? My dream is to have a global impact from the heart. Impact doesn’t just mean money and doesn’t mean fame. Impact for me means delivering value in changing lives with authentic passion for those for whom I feel compassion, because of my own story, experiences, and lessons learned.

How can our readers connect with you? You can e-mail me at kimberly@afi4me.com or call/text me at (831) 239-2788. You can also visit my website and connect with me on FaceBook and LinkedIn!

Crazy $exy Money 

Can money be sexy? This is all about the CRAZY, the SEXY and the MONEY.

Celebrate this, ladies! We can make it, save it, spend it, invest it and enjoy it. One of the greatest gifts today is the freedom to be as creative as we want and make money doing the things that we love. Isn’t that CRAZY?

The fact that we can do business in a home office and not have to live the traditional regimen of 8-5, 9-6 or 10-7 is fascinating. Think about it. Even if some of you have a traditional work lifestyle, there are options trending that are making it more lifestyle friendly. Having a business that is lifestyle friendly? I call that SEXY!

Now that we’re clear that we are all crazy and sexy let’s talk about the money. Times are changing and it is important now more than ever to start understanding the changes coming. There will be market adjustments. Your money is subject to losses and fees. Now is the time to at least look at creating that lower risk bucket. The key is looking at your future goals and plans.

In reality, more money will be needed at retirement. Would you rather live with less money or what you’re accustomed to? Many assume less. LIFE Happens. Think about it.

What if you could actually take 10 percent of your annual income today and invest in a 10-year plan that will reduce future taxes, provide protection in a health emergency and grow with compound interest, not subject to loss with lifetime income attached? Would you do it?

The wave of your financial future is here. Let me educate you on a system that could be life-changing for you. That’s Crazy $exy MONEY for you!

Build Up Your Ability to Bounce Back From Setback

Build Up Your Ability to Bounce Back From Setback

Stamina.

“Life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans.” Betty Talmadge, American meat broker and cookbook author, is the first one who is credited with this adage. Setbacks happen in business and in life.

By building up your resilience, your bounce-back ability, you will know how to get back up after you have been knocked down. Follow these principles to soar through setbacks and keep your resilience revved up.  Continue reading “Build Up Your Ability to Bounce Back From Setback”

Maintain Your Summer Stamina for Success

Maintain Your Summer Stamina for Success

Money.

Summer is full of graduations, other kinds of celebrations and vacations. You may feel called to sit by the pool or sip an umbrella beverage during business hours. It is important to find the right balance for you between enjoying your summer and running your business. Here are a few quick ideas to keep you happy on both fronts:
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