Today I’m delighted to bring you another example of a shining Brilliance-Based Businesswoman. April Choulat’s devotion to a holistic approach to children with autism, their parents and healing professionals sets her apart.
Briefly, what are the highlights of your career story?
At 19, I began working with children with autism and gained experience and certifications in various types of therapies. I now integrate and use a holistic mind-body-spirit approach, in addition to supporting other helping professionals to integrate – not only to serve their clients better, but to take care of themselves as well.
As best as you currently understand it, what are you here to do? Who are you here to serve? What difference do you make for your clients?
I help people move through their perceived limitations to reach greater levels of success (whether that is with a child with significant neurological challenges, or a professional therapist or healer who feels stuck in their business). I see energy and teach others how to work with the flow rather than try to force it, to allow more ease (and thus, greater results). I am currently working with my clients to become more aware of the role of energetics in their lives, and how they can incorporate daily practices to ultimately support their vision and long-term goals.
How do you define “success” for yourself?
Success for me is having maximum impact in the world, helping as many children and families as I can. I do this through working directly with parents as well as expanding my reach by supporting the professionals who work with families.
What changes have you made or experienced in your life and business that have enabled you to experience more ease?
I have let go of trying to control everything (okay, I’m not totally there yet, I am a work in progress!) I do see that when I am able to let go and allow, things flow much more easily. When I am in a state of anxiety or fear and try to force things with my ‘left brain’, I notice immediate contraction and slowing down of results in all areas of my life. I am getting used to having team members (which was a big leap for me in the last year).
What would you love your next breakthrough to be?
I have just been offered a chance to publish a book, and I would love for it to be a best seller – I feel a little embarrassed saying that, but I’m sticking to my answer. Being visible and unafraid to stand out is something I am working on, so another breakthrough I would love to stop holding myself back because I am afraid of disempowering other people – you know, “Tall Poppy Syndrome”.
What brings you joy?
I like simple things – a good cup of coffee in the morning (and currently, writing as part of my morning routine). Taking walks in the morning with my dog and my sweetheart. I love hanging out weekly with one of my long-time friends, who has autism and is the coolest person ever. I also love traveling, meeting people from different cultures, studying anything and everything, and teaching in various formats (telecourses, live workshops, etc.).
What support do you have on the journey of your Brilliance-Based Career?
I have a business coach, a team to support me in my business, and a spiritual mentor as well. I make it a point to always have coaching of some form, because it makes me a better coach and mentor to my clients and it is so valuable to have accountability as well as a person who is a few steps ahead of you who can hold a bigger vision for you than you can see for yourself.
As a successful Brilliance-Based Businesswoman, what’s your best advice for other aspiring and active Brilliance-Based Businesswomen?
Be afraid and do it anyway! Don’t wait for the fear to go away, because it won’t. Also Trust. If you listen to your gut, you will be shown the right path, even if it’s nothing like what you expected.
What’s the best way for others to learn more about what you do?
Watch my webinar “The Top 5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make In Their Businesses,” available for download on my website www.heartbasedbiz.com