11-year old STEP Whiz Shares How She Uses Core-Brilliance!

Ariella, an 11-year-old Truth-potential, uses STEP™ in her daily life to understand interactions with those around her. She’s been using STEP™ for 3 years so far!

Her mom shares, “Ariella seemed to just enter this world with a strong, clear value system of right and wrong. She’s naturally virtuous and expresses that in a very honest way.”

“I love her honesty. She doesn’t always volunteer information, but if I ask for an opinion or an idea, she’ll always give me the straight truth.”

Here’s a video of Ariella sharing how she uses STEP™!

Ariella is very concerned about accuracy. She states the facts and isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. She also encourages others to say what they mean and mean what they say.

“I love that I can trust her completely,” confides her mom, “If Ariella gives me her word, that’s all it takes. I also love how she is so self-managed. She’s always been independent and almost raises herself.”

I asked her mother if Ariella showcased leadership abilities. “You know, while not an outfront bold leader, Ariella has quiet influence in a group. When she says something, people take notice. In a group of girls, she is never pressured to go along with the crowd.”

When not working on her schooling, Ariella enjoys caring for her baby sister.ariella

Ariella on STEP™

“I like STEP because it helps me understand people, things, and personalities. I use it all the time.”

Cheryl: Empathy-service

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One of the most fascinating women I have ever met is my beautiful friend, Cheryl (an Empathy-service). We taught together for 5 years at the same school – me in third grade and Cheryl across the hall in special education.

Cheryl says she always wanted to teach special ed. from the time she was tiny. As a child, she played school with her dolls, and all her “children” had specific learning needs.

For instance, one day she’d have a class of hearing-impaired dolls. Another day, she’d have orthopedically- impaired or visually-impaired dolls. “I’d create worksheets in braille for my dolls, punching out the braille with a pencil. By the end of the day, my fingers would be blistered from all that

“I made little braces for my dolls’ legs, used strollers and skateboards for wheelchairs. While I didn’t grow up around anyone with special needs, I did have a wonderful friend who had cerebral palsy, and I helped her out at school.”

It’s no surprise Cheryl became a special needs teacher. She was also the coordinator for Special Olympics in our county.

One of our third-grade reading books had a story about a deaf boy, and every year when we read the story, Cheryl would come over and teach my children to sign.  We had a blast creating silly sentences with the kids!  (the pic above is an actual photo of Cheryl in my classroom – dated 1987!)

Cheryl was the teacher who wrapped her arms around every single child who came across her path. 

One six-year-old girl used to come in and crawl under her desk every day. That was her safety zone where she could be in control. Cheryl would just crawl under the desk with her and help her with lessons.

I asked Cheryl, “What stands out as one of the most fulfilling moments in your career – one of those times you just felt like ‘I know THIS is what I am created to do?’  Immediately she answered, “Oh, that was every day.”

“All my kids are my heroes. These children came in every day and stayed and gave it their all, even though most of the work was over their heads. Watching them come in one more day thrilled me. I made it a point every day to tell these children I was happy to see them and I was so happy they were in my class.”

Cheryl’s ability to connect with people and make them feel warm, welcomed and whole was unparalleled.

“I never met a person with a disability who I wasn’t comfortable with,” Cheryl confides. “I remember taking two wheelchair bound children to the beach – profoundly handicapped. Albert had an IQ of 9 and Lisa’s was even lower. My friend and I held them in our laps and let the waves come up to their legs, and they just squealed with joy. I loved being able to bring enormous smiles to their faces.”

Cheryl’s Empathy-service is showcased in her tireless efforts to help children of all ages succeed and feel like an important part of their world.



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Amy Barkman: Potential-empathy


Amy Barkman, author and minister, lives her destiny through a primary Core-Brilliance™ type of Potential, followed closely by Empathy. Amy’s Potential-empathy is showcased in the many creative ways she brings people together around ideas for healing.

Whether it’s providing an Oasis of love for the lonely or a Voice of Joy Ministries retreat or workshop… whether conducting musicals, plays and puppet shows, or authoring books, Amy’s creative writing and drama skills as well as her genuine love for people spark excitement and hope. Amy’s special gift of encouraging and drawing out the inner strengths of others is centered around bringing inner healing and helping people of all ages see themselves through God’s eyes.

“I love to gather people to work to help each other: I love to help them overcome limitations, to champion them, to help them walk free of limitations.” She confides, “Nothing is sweeter than helping someone who’s been tormented walk free, into joy and confident hope!”


Amy’s Encounter with STEP into Destiny™

AmyB“Lisa, you are one of my heroes.   My husband and I rarely spoke.  We lived in opposite areas of the house.  After using STEP™, in just two weeks, he is coming into the kitchen and spending time talking to me.  You are changing lives.  It’s a miracle.  Thank you for helping my marriage heal, as we understand more clearly where the other is coming from.

“I know my learning will help other people  I worked with a lady for months and had her take the STEP™ test.  When she read her results, her face was transformed with joy, like she was accepting herself for the first time.  She’d always felt like a failure, but just reading her Core-Brilliance™ results seemed to bring inner healing.  She is living her life with more joy now. She said, ‘I’ve realized it’s okay to be me.’

“The Core-Brilliance™ training provided so much insight and confirmation.  I know what I am created to do – no question.  I see how my Potential and Empathy work together and why I ‘pick up’ so much information about people all the time.

“This training has helped me be so much more relaxed.  I’m just starting to walk into things I have dreamed for decades.  I’m 70 years young and proof it’s never too late to step into your destiny!”

~Amy Barkman


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*If harnessing the power of your brain to activate ALL the intelligence inside you sounds exciting… 
*if you want to discover how others “work” at a core level – knowing exactly why they think and act the ways they do… 
*if understanding why you’re here on this planet and what your mission is intrigues you…
…then our Core-Brilliance  training is for you!  
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My New Favorite Motivational Book – a Potential’s Delight!

slight_edgeJeff Olson’s The Slight Edge changed my life. I’ve read hundreds of self-help books in my lifetime, and I hail his as one of my top 3.

If you’re a Potential, dancing between quantum leaps and the daily hum-drum of life, this book serves up the mindset that will have you committed to reaching your dreams in a new way.

His methods are simple, yet profound and expansive.

The bottom line for me is, it’s not easy to move toward a gigantic dream. Small dreams – okay, you can map them out and make a plan of action.

But some dreams defy a plan. They’ve never been achieved before and you’re left without a protocol to follow.

Olson’s fix? Your vision and inspiration must be followed up by tiny, sand-grain sized actions, day after day, and soon you’ll hit that fork in the road where massive change takes place.

It’s no quantum shift, no hocus pocus, no huge mind-set change. But after successfully completing these ever-so-tiny actions again and again, you reach a “suddenly” that indeed appears magical. It’s the Water Hyacinth effect!

Ah, there is indeed a recipe to the coveted quantum leap. And Olson’s imagery and metaphors drive the plan home beautifully.

If you are a visionary, if you coach visionaries, The Slight Edge will bring life to your dreams, creative fuel to your coaching. His stories will renew your belief in the reach-ability of even the most colossal of dreams.

Take a look at my favorite story in the book. (You can read this in the Amazon.com “Look Inside” section.)


Interesting? That’s just the start! Olson goes on to tell you how you can also have this kind of amazing “effect” in your own life!

Check your local library or find it at Amazon.com. I can’t recommend The Slight Edge highly enough! It’s motivated me to keep moving forward, while staying focused and encouraged!