Success Strategist Spotlight: Amy

Achieve Success with Courtney Success Strategy Sessions are unique.  I am not a licensed coach or therapist.  I am an inspirer, a motivator, an entrepreneur and a real life success story!  

Strategy sessions are different than coaching.  Success strategy sessions have a definite start and finish.  There is a certain “coursework” that has been outlined for each module and once you complete a module, you will have successfully strategized through the framework and topics.  Success Strategy Sessions are guided and we will partner together as you journey through each module. 

I'd like to spotlight another current Success Strategists!  Not only to I believe in inspiring women, but one of my FAVORITE things to do is to CELEBRATE!  Amy has done amazing things during our time together. I'm so excited to have her share about her time!

Please introduce yourself and describe your position.

My name is Amy Schmitzer, I am a wife and mother of 2 beautiful children. I am a Real Estate Professional and work with Charles Rutenburg for home buying and selling. I as well am a Sales Rep for ODC Loans which helps businesses acquire capital. I have worked with my husband for a few years and have loved what he does for so long that I took a leap of faith and her I am now!

What do you love most about your position?

I love the search for the "dream home". Helping people see where they can see their family. Building a dream vacation place for when they retire or a quaint home to start a new family. I love that people trust me with sometimes their biggest purchase in their lives. I feel that I am a memory maker to some!

Describe your success journey so far.

So far my journey has been amazing. I love that I can always learn something new about my client and build a friendship during the home search process. My first client was a friends son and daughter in law who just got married and it was amazing to see how they look at life and what is important to them and that I was a small milestone in their lives for doing something that I love to do.

What are you celebrating since starting Success Strategy Sessions?

I am celebrating confidence........ I started this new career a year ago but have a mentor husband who has been in the business for almost 20 years. I love that he is excited for me, encourages me and lets me make mistakes so I can become better. I am celebrating change, it's amazingly hard work to start fresh but I know God has a plan.

What is your best tip for success?

My best tip is to be secure with your abilities, someone is always going to have more business, or have more sales than you but if you have a great work ethic and are hungry to succeed your abilities are endless. Confidence in yourself and loving what you do will take you a long way :-)

What area(s) have you seen personal and professional growth since beginning your success strategy sessions?

Since the success strategy sessions, I have realized that it's ok to not be like everyone else out there. I am more confident with my accomplishments and am learning not to compare myself with others. I am also learning to go with the flow, and keep plugging along. Sometimes having someone "pick" you over someone else they were recommended to can be uplifting as well as defeating so I am learning to make things work.

How can others contact you and/or use your services?

I am a professional real estate agent working in the Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties available to help you sell or purchase a home. I also specialize in helping small business owners get instant capital for their business needs. I can be reached at schmitzer.amy@gmail.com or amy@ODCloans.com or via text or phone at 813.760.0352

Success Strategist Spotlight: Paige

Achieve Success with Courtney Success Strategy Sessions are unique.  I am not a licensed coach or therapist.  I am an inspirer, a motivator, an entrepreneur and a real life success story!  

Strategy sessions are different than coaching.  Success strategy sessions have a definite start and finish.  There is a certain “coursework” that has been outlined for each module and once you complete a module, you will have successfully strategized through the framework and topics.  Success Strategy Sessions are guided and we will partner together as you journey through each module. 

I'd like to spotlight another of my current Success Strategists!  Not only to I believe in inspiring women, but one of my FAVORITE things to do is to CELEBRATE!  Paige has just returned from her company's National Conference and not only is she leading an amazing team, but she has been awarded for all of her hard work this past year! Paige was awarded for being the #1 Director, meaning she was the Top Income Earning director for 2014!  WAY TO GO PAIGE!!!

Here's what Paige had to say about our Strategy Sessions:

Please introduce yourself and describe your position.

Hi! I am Paige Wojtowicz, Director with South Hill Designs. I lead a fabulous group of women who sell interchangeable jewelry that tells your life story or allows you to wear what you love, close to your heart. I joined South Hill just one month after it opened and have met so many wonderful people along the way. I am able to coach and mentor women who are looking for their own version of success and financial freedom. I love working with women who see the big picture, get a plan and nothing can stop them! It's so much fun!

What do you love most about your position?

I love seeing women's lives changed through direct sales. You can make as little or as much as you want with direct sales and the women who want and need a life change, this is it for them. There are women who are able to pay bills because of South Hill. There are women who don't have to work another job they don't like because of South Hill. There are women who are able to support a sport their child loves and thrives in because of South Hill. And even still, there are women who didn't know they had what it took to succeed in something like this and they do and they realize they are powerful and wonderful and they really do have all it takes to succeed! That is the BEST part of this position for me! I also love that I am able to be home with my children and attend events that, if I worked in corporate America, I would not be able to attend. This gives me the flexibility to create my own version of success. I have the power to be as successful as I want to be!

Describe your success journey so far.

My success journey doesn't necessarily look like I personally had planned it, but I believe it's what God has planned for me. I have found great success with direct sales and never want to go back to corporate America. With that said, my journey has been one of learning patience, listening skills, grace, perspective and so much more. I have realized you cannot want something for someone more than they want it for themselves. That's hard because I see so much potential in everyone! My faith has grown and while my journey may not look like I thought - it's awesome and it's been a learning opportunity. (though I may at times dig my heels in and kick the dirt!) I truly believe that I am where I am supposed to be and I have been blessed by this opportunity. I have met so many amazing women in my direct sales journey. My life is richer and fuller because of it.

What are you celebrating since starting Success Strategy Sessions?

Realizing who I am and what I am called to be! Even though I am not always successful, finding JOY in every situation is important. Finding the silver lining. Getting a grip on perspective. I love having confirmation that I am on the right path for my personality, my talents and my dreams. Plus I love talking to Courtney. She ALWAYS makes a girl feel empowered!

What is your best tip for success?

Have excellent customer service. Write hand written notes to your customers. Research new ways of doing things so your business isn't stale. If you hit a wall, keep going. Push through. Don't let some down time veer you off your course. Pray. Have faith. Ask counterparts you respect and value, questions. Pick their brains. Take any and every training offered to you. Recruit! Share the dream! Share the fabulousness of the product you believe in!

What area(s) have you seen personal and professional growth since beginning your success strategy sessions?

I promoted to Director, which is very exciting. It's half way up the success ladder at South Hill. I am working very hard on seeing the positive in every situation. I am working on choosing JOY. Celebrating what IS and not mourning what ISN'T. Those are big things for me. But like Courtney says - you must have a celebration mindset! This also spills over into your personal life. My husband is always teasing me about "choosing joy!"

How can others contact you and/or use your services?

There are several ways to contact me. I can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charmchickpaige. There you can see many pictures and ideas of our products. Of course to place an order please go to my South Hill Website which is www.charmchickpaige.com. Our lockets are made with Swarovski crystal and come with a complimentary chain. We offer unique screens, monograms, diamond shaped lockets, locket bracelets and more. These all make amazing gifts for ANY occasion. I truly think our pieces are timeless and sophisticated so they can be worn for years to come. I of course offer socials where women can earn FREE product while having fun with friends. There are always customer and hostess specials offered! It's the best part of my business - celebrating and having fun with women! Additionally - our new catalog will be out next month (July) and from what I hear, it is going to be amazing!

Courage

One of my all time favorite quotes says: "It takes courage, not confidence to live the life you've dreamed of!". I absolutely love that quote. Many people have asked me HOW I have achieved success. And when I really think about it, it boils down to courage. When you think of courage, you may think of the lion from the Wizard of Oz. The definition of courage is: the ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of pain or grief.

Yikes! Fear, pain, grief....those words definitely don't make me feel all warm and fuzzy. In fact, those words make me feel uneasy and uncomfortable. But that's just it, courage is mustering up the strength to get through the fear, the pain and the grief. It is a decision to power through the tough times. I don't know anyone who hasn't faced suffering, adversity or difficulty in life. And I have never met anyone who hasn't met major challenges on their success journey! Truth be told, those challenges ARE their success journey!

So, how do you develop courage and how do you muster up courage in the face of adversity and difficulty?

First, declare that you are not going to quit! Make a commitment to persevere. Find out what motivates you and harness it with all your might! I love to call this the Stickwithitness Factor.
Next, claim success. Expect it. Seek it. I have found that the quote is true- what you focus on increases. Focus on success and you will begin to see more of the things that you can and have accomplished!

Then, do the work. Sometimes, we just want to quit, especially when things get tough. So, I challenge you to DO the work, even when times get tough. And, do the work to the best of your ability....even if you don't want to. Most times you will find that once you start engaging in the task, it isn't as daunting as it initially seemed!

No matter what, do the RIGHT thing. This has been a hard one for me. Often times, I do what I want to do in a situation, not necessarily what the RIGHT thing to do is. So, ask yourself in every situation, "What is the RIGHT thing to do?" Your moral and ethical conscience will let you know.
Last, gain perspective. I would highly suggest reading the book, The Noticer by Andy Andrews. This book is all about perspective and even though you may not identify with any of the circumstances in the book, you will learn to have increased perspective in your life.


Success Strategist Spotlight: Robin

Achieve Success with Courtney Success Strategy Sessions are unique.  I am not a licensed coach or therapist.  I am an inspirer, a motivator, an entrepreneur and a real life success story!  

Strategy sessions are different than coaching.  Success strategy sessions have a definite start and finish.  There is a certain “coursework” that has been outlined for each module and once you complete a module, you will have successfully strategized through the framework and topics.  Success Strategy Sessions are guided and we will partner together as you journey through each module. 

I'd like to spotlight one of my current Success Strategists!  Not only to I believe in inspiring women, but one of my FAVORITE things to do is to CELEBRATE!  Robin has worked hard during our sessions and we have had a great time!  I've asked her to tell us a little bit about her experience so that others can see what the program can do for them! 

Please introduce yourself and describe your position.

Hi, my name is Robin Murray. I am a wife and proud mother of two amazing young boys, an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International, and owner of Planet Glisten, LLC. I am growing a successful business which allows me the freedom to make choices for myself and my family that are in line with my core values. I strongly believe we, as a society, are at our best when we are healthy from the inside-out. Maintaing a well-balanced regimen of eating healthy foods, moderate exercise, work, rest, play and spiritual fitness are the essential foundations to healthy living. I also believe the products we consume everyday need to be pure, safe and beneficial to maintain optimal health. By helping to educate others about the importance of the purity of the ingredients we put in and on our bodies, I help empower people to make smart choices and ultimately take charge of one's own health and wellness. In business, I become successful when I help others to become successful just by teaching them to do what I do. It's pretty fantastic!

What do you love most about your position?

Gosh, there are so many things I love about owning my own business! I think most importantly, I get to be present in my children's lives every day in a meaningful way, while still being able to pursue my own passions that make me, well, me. I love being able to set the example of what a strong work ethic looks like, what's achievable for working moms, and the importance of setting and working towards goals. I am growing a phenomenal future by helping others to do the same, and I am surrounded everyday by incredible people who make a positive difference in the lives of so many. I get the most incredible feeling when I know I've had the tiniest part in helping another person find his or her own light, and just glisten with joy for having found the courage to try something that was once believed to be impossible.  What's more, I am proud to use, share and introduce people to over 400 health, beauty and wellness products that are vegan-certified, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, transfat-free and contain no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, paba, or animal products or by-products. Our products are Swiss-formulated, and adhere to European standards for safety, though made in the USA. Oh, and we never, ever test on animals!

Describe your success journey so far.

My journey so far has been an awesome experiential work-in-progress! I learn important life lessons every single day, mostly from my kids! :) I'd been a stay-at-home mom for nearly a decade, and had years to talk myself into believing that adding a job outside the home was not a viable option because of my family's schedule limitations. Turns out, this is a common conundrum for stay-at-home-moms. Make no mistake, I was truly blessed to be able to stay home with my kids during their young years and enjoyed experiencing all of their exciting "firsts." However, I felt as though I had been losing a little bit of myself, as my professional goals had been sort of tucked away, and virtually forgotten. My success journey so far, is completely proportional to how willing I've been to reframe my beliefs about what is possible. There came a time when I realized I was the only one really holding me back from pursuing a career while still being able to care for my family. I just needed to think outside the box! Many things needed to change though. Living far outside my comfort zone, pushing through my own fears, and even through other people's objections, have all contributed to my personal and professional growth.

What are you celebrating since starting Success Strategy Sessions?

I am celebrating positive forward motion! I came into Success Strategy Sessions already having a positive mindset and I'd worked on cultivating a solid belief in myself and what I knew was possible. What I needed help with was being able to create a strategy for collaborating with important people in my business and in my life. What I've been experiencing as a result of Courtney's sessions is an improvement in how I am structuring my support system to manifest the personal and professional growth I desire. There are key people in my life who are major contributors to my success. Learning how to appreciate each one for what he/she adds to my life has been priceless! Thanks, Courtney!!!

What is your best tip for success?

Dream big, but DO bigger! Set high goals. Write them down boldly, in permanent ink, on paper. Display them where they can be seen daily. Enlist a minimum of one person as a trusted accountability partner (but optimally, many people!) to help encourage and celebrate achievement! Positively-charged connectedness to others is the key to all things good! There is enormous power in getting people on board with your dreams and goals. I've found that people love being part of something bigger than themselves. Myself included. Help serve others and they will help serve you. It's a win-win!

What area(s) have you seen personal and professional growth since beginning your success strategy sessions?

Professionally, my business has been experiencing positive growth and gaining momentum in sales and profitability as I'm becoming more adept at time-leveraging, celebrating achievements, and passing along learned strategies to my team. It's really exciting to be able to actually see the growth not only in myself, but in my team as well! Personally, I've experienced a greater awareness of the important roles people play in my life, and the lives of my family. Intentionally carving out time in our busy days to spend celebrating those who make a positive difference in the lives of others has become a welcomed daily practice that I am proud to instill upon my children and incorporate into our core family values.

How can others contact you and/or use your services?

I truly love sharing Arbonne with every person I meet, and I am delighted to share samples of skin care, cosmetic, and nutritional products in order to really experience the difference in how one looks and feels after using them for just a few short days. What excites me even more is being able to extend the opportunity to own a global, internet-based business to people who want to significantly improve the quality of their lives and the lives of others, while earning full-time pay with part-time work. It's brilliant! Whether you want to earn a little extra spending money or replace an income, I'll be honored to show you how! Call/text me at 727-418-6044 for complimentary samples and business-building information. Visit my website at: www.robinmurray.myarbonne.com. Kindly "like" my facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/RobinMurrayArbonneIC, and let me know how I can serve you. Let's get connected! :)