personal growth

The Journey to Knowing Our Strengths

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I always knew I was a visionary.

Since I was a child, I have had visions of my life that look similar to what I have today.

When I began my business, I would have visions of what it could look like. Creating a picture of things was easy to me.

I always knew I was an empath---or someone who felt things with deep sensitivity.

I felt everything deeply. I would pick up on my surroundings. This gift and strength allowed me to be really good at my work. It has also been one of my greatest curses.

I always knew I was someone who sought out deep relationships and connections with others. Surface conversations and passings was not something I could do.

I always knew I had an eagle eye for potential, for the purity of an essence of another. I would hone in on it, seeing it like a diamond waiting to be formed.

I always knew that I could be rigid in my ideals and values, immovable from what I felt in my core was aligned.

What I didn’t always know from the above was why, the definition of a strength, what it meant, how it could be utilized and what the shadow side of it was.

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In 2013, I signed up for a 10-month long leadership development program with CTI. I was newly on the path of embarking on running my own retreat centre and being an entrepreneur,

I had a feeling that in order to do that, I needed to grow as leader so I could be successful in holding space for everything I was about to step into.

During this program, I met a woman, a kindred spirit who at the time was working for Gallup Strengthsfinder.

I am someone who believes deeply in the more awareness we have about ourselves and our strengths, the more we can bring to life and what we are in pursuit of.

The discovery of self is important. It lends itself for us to understand how we create, what suits us, what process and way of creating is going to get us to where we want to go. So, I am always interested in anything that gives more clarity to that space.

What I discovered through Strengthsfinder was a clarity and a consciousness of my strengths.

  • Futuristic

  • Developer

  • Relater

  • Empath

  • Belief

If you are curious to learn more about Gallup Strengthsfinder, I encourage you to read about it here. You can take an online test for $20 that gives you your top five strengths. The philosophy behind this process is based in positive psychology and researching what made successful people successful.  

They focused and knew their strengths.

I knew on some level what my strengths and natural tendencies where but to have an understanding of what that meant, where I overcompensated and how to direct them was a powerful discovery for me.

The journey to knowing our strengths is important and I believe an essential ingredient to aligning ourselves to the clarity of our visions, understanding how we are going to achieve those visions, appreciating our leadership and what it looks like for us to empower our authentic way of being.

Being a visionary was something I got intuitively but I understood it on a different level when I appreciated what the strength was, and also what the shadow side of it was and how to balance that.

I can get consumed with my visions of my life, my business and purpose so much so that I block out everything else that is happening around me. I will lose myself to the vision. Knowing this has helped me balance something and understand how to utilize the talent.

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The core of my work---what i do for myself and also for my clients is in the discovery of our gifts and our strength, both because i believe deeply that in knowing and discovering this, we are given a map to the how we create something of substance in the world. And on a practical level, I have to understand it is the fastest and easiest way to empower the outcomes that we desire through what speaks to us through our leadership and our purpose.

We are the drivers of everything. We are the vehicle in which everything is created through. The challenge in life can be when we are trying to do something with someone else’s formula or path or put ourselves in a box that moves us away from our natural strengths.

We are all seeking to know who we are, what drives us, what moves us, what fulfills us, what our purpose is.

The answers to that are not found out there. It is found in the unveiling of what we carry within ourselves.

I have a passion to create a space, to promote facilitation of knowing who we are in our strengths and in our gifts, understanding our unique way of operating in the world so we can empower that on the path that is speaking to us the most---our purpose, our leadership and the utilization and facilitation of our gifts.

For the last few years, I have envisioned, imagined and wanted to create a retreat that would empower this discovery with tools that were grounded in intuition, science, biology and heart, for the promotion of recognition and reclaiming the essence of who we are.

Whether you are a leader that is seeking to understand her impact more deeply...

A woman that is on the path of discovering her innate gifts talents and purpose...

A woman that knows the value of understanding who she is and investing in her personal growth and discovery along the way...

And is drawn to adding to her personal and professional toolbox of how she facilitates brilliance in herself and others...

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I would love to personally invite you to our upcoming Unbridling Your Strengths Retreat in September.

We have partnered with our colleague and friend who we met years ago in our leadership retreat to develop a retreat that speaks to the science of knowing our strengths through Strengthsfinder, with the addition of the intuitive and heart-based exploration through the medicine of horses.

This retreat is 4 days long and takes place at our beautiful retreat facility just north of Kamloops, British Columbia.

This retreat is about giving you the uncovering of your strength, not just in a linear way of understanding, but in the full embodiment of experience and reclaiming so you get it, in your bones, in your visions, in your knowing of how to direct this energy and your strengths to empower what you are seeking to create more of in your life, your leadership and what calls to you through purpose.

Limited spaces are available. You can read about the full details of the experience in the link below...

Unbridling Your Strengths

Can you really make a living following your passion?

There are mixed views around whether following or being in pursuit of your passion can lead to a thriving life and business.

And I wanted to be able to speak to the YES of “can you really make a living following your passion?” Because, you totally can.

Before I go on I want to share a bit about who I am…

I am a dreamer and pursuer of purpose. I have been so my entire life; from a young age I developed a passion for horses, and later on for personal growth and development.

My whole life I have been in pursuit of creating a life reflective of purpose, where I was passionate about what I did.

I have been relentless and persistent with the vision and I am in deep gratitude to be able to have done that.

At 33 years old I live on an 80 acre ranch surrounded by the beautiful a beautiful mountain range - an almost exact reflection of a dream I had since I was little girl.

I have 15 horses who live as close to wild as possible on 50 acres with each other in a happy herd setting.  I have a thriving coaching practice where I get to hold space for others to step into what calls to them deeply and have the courage to do, in purpose, in medicine and most importantly in thriving.

I have made the six figures and have built it around what calls deeply to me, what I am passionate about and what feels purposeful to me.

A life of worth, of meaning and fulfillment to me looked like my work was sacred, my business encompassed my purpose and my passion weaved it’s way into every aspect of my life.

I won’t lie and say it has been easy because it hasn’t. There have been many times I felt the lone believer of what I knew deep within me was possible.

I still had to become comfortable with finances and business plans (the practical and logical aspects of running a business).

But I have always held onto with - a vice grip of fierceness - that passion and purpose can be what I build my life around, because that is what living on purpose means to me.

So, how did I do it?

I believe that there is a difference between being in pursuit of our passions and in pursuit of our purpose. I am passionate about horses, but a life with just horses is not my purpose.

I reflected and spent years searching for a career that felt meaningful to me and having the courage to look at where I could hold space alongside with it. I had to let myself acknowledge and recognize my own capacity to hold space for my purpose and my dreams first. And that turned out to look like spending years honing my craft, refining, and asking the right questions - including how to hold the intention of creating a thriving practice alongside what lit me up.

There were times where I wasn’t supporting myself and making a living following my passion, where I was creating more and more debt even alongside a beautiful facility and a herd of 8 horses.

There was a time I was too afraid to step into creating a coaching practice, because I didn’t believe I could help anyone, and I convinced myself through thoughts that I most definitely could not create a practice around purpose or “woo,” or speaking of the things that lit me up and in turn being able to hold space for the conversation of purpose for others.

There were times I was in denial of my space within my own business, where I excluded myself from the picture and conversation, lacking the confidence in my ability to build something sustainable and worthy.

There were times that I was deeply afraid I was delusional, that I was too much of a dreamer and would never be able to achieve what I held secretly within me.

I won’t lie when I say that it hasn’t been work. I have been walking this path for years, really since I was a girl I immersed myself in my field before I stepped into it as coach, trainer and leader. I spent years on my own with horses, in reflection, working on myself in personal growth, and investing in my own self awareness where I wasn’t making money at all.

And yet I persisted, I held the vision, I did not lose faith, completely.

Can you really make a living following your passion?

Yes you can… and it’s not the only ingredient in the equation, you must be willing to expand your awareness of yourself in connection to your passion, acknowledging your gifts and strengths alongside with it.

You must spend time honing your craft, understanding the in’s and out’s of where you feel called, getting curious to what is the purpose underneath this passion.

You have to have courage, to be able to put yourself forward and be in pursuit of something greater, to hold the space of possibilities and belief for yourself, surround yourself with people who empower and believe in you, and to find the endurance to keep walking and holding the vision of your path.

You gotta do the work, everyday. The inner work and the steps towards what you are creating externally need constant attention in order for you to be willing to get uncomfortable and stretch yourself when it feels too overwhelming or daunting or hard.

You have to be willing to take risks, to invest, to ask yourself what is greater than your fear of failure. For me, I was more afraid to getting to the end of my life without having been in pursuit of anything and having regrets than to fear the failure.

You have to have a strong sense of self, to be committed and hold conviction in your purpose. I often say it is not that we are not clear, it is sometimes that we are not holding the right questions or we don’t have the courage to see the clarity of our paths and our purpose.

Because we know, inside we know what our purpose is, we know what our strengths are, we know what our gifts can be in relationship to our passion, we are just afraid of seeing them.

Because in seeing them it means we can’t excuse ourselves from living it, and we have to muster up the courage and the energy to be in pursuit of something, that we can’t hide from ourselves and the world anymore and we can’t deny the existence of purpose in our lives.

It is not an easy path although I do believe it is the one that is more fulfilling, that leads to not just the fulfillment of our desire to thrive externally but the deep fulfillment that comes from when we hold space and move towards the call of our purpose.

The truth is…

I live a deeply meaningful life. I have moments where I am honestly in disbelief of where I am - it feels like it didn’t happen quickly at all and then I look in amazement at where I am at just 33 years old.

I have sacrificed, I have stayed the course, when it felt easy and when it felt cloudy and hard.

But always I held this belief.

I can… and I am going to show others that it is possible.

I can’t give you a simple formula that says do this and you will create a thriving life of passion and purpose but I do want to tell you it is possible.

I am living it….

And I hold it for others.

p.s.

One of the things I am deeply passionate about is holding powerful spaces for my clients to  find clarity in their purpose and pursue it with courage and with confidence. This year I created a year long container for women who are ready to take the leap into the greatest potential of their purpose, their thriving and their brilliance. Including a powerful 4 day retreat with the horses and year full of group and private coaching, the medicine women unbridled sacred mastermind is my most transformative program yet. We begin February 1st and we still have two spaces available, if you are called we would love to have you join us. Discover more and apply by visiting this link http://www.hillaryschneider.com/sacred-mastermind

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