Mom Entrepreneur: Amy Nakos
Business: Mind Redesign
Mind Redesign is a personal development company. We offer training courses in our unique methodology for professionals in the personal development, traning and coaching fields. We also offer seminars and one-on-one appointment for individuals seeking to live better lives. Mind Redesign features “The Process,” a revolutionary human technology that locates and changes unwanted subconscious beliefs creating dramatic positive results in the lives of our clients.
What inspired you to start your business?
In 1999 I started on a personal development journey. Growing up in rural Nebraska in a strict Catholic household, I was under the impression that life/God controlled me and I had little or no power in manifesting the life I wanted. Essentially, God’s plan was in the works. At the age of 27 I attended a personal development weekend workshop and was hooked. All of a sudden I realized my power. Around the same time I met my now husband and his mom was working with a human technology (The Process) that changes subconscious beliefs as part of her coaching and training business. (There are no coincidences huh??) I was very interested at the time in becoming involved in the personal development industry but was too invested in my legal career. Ten years later I am ready to fulfill my calling and get The Process out to the world.
How long have you been in business?
Four months! I am taking the work my mother in law, Barbara, has been doing for 16+ years and spreading it to the world through technology.
What did you do in your past work life?
I was a commercial litigation attorney for 6 years and am currently a real estate broker/owner and have been doing that for 7 years. I still maintain an active law license.
Describe your ideal workday.
I would love to talk to people and help them find solutions to removing the barriers that are stopping them from living their ideal lives. What most people don’t realize is that all the self-help talk of thinking positive, affirmations, visualizations, etc., may not work if they have unrecognized subconscious beliefs that are incongruent with their desires. For instance, I had a nagging subconscious belief that “I don’t deserve it.” So whenever someone would offer me a gift, or whenever I was close to winning something, I felt a nagging feeling inside me and often would self-sabotage all the efforts that got me to where I was! Once I was able to identify this belief and then replace it with a new one, I don’t experience that anymore. (To see a Process you can go to my website/blog).
What have been some of your major successes?
I think the success of The Process is what is important to note. It has helped people overcome the fear of flying, motion sickness, fear of test taking and other anxieties. It has helped people lose weight, gain confidence, and live more joyfully.
My success will come when people get trained and start taking The Process back to their spheres of influence.
What have been some of your major challenges?
I’m just getting started and sometimes that is the hardest part. All the tasks ahead seem daunting and the overall goal seems far away. However, I just plug along every day knowing that this is what I’m supposed to be doing and that I will reach my goal of changing countless people’s lives.
While The Process has been used for years on individuals and in seminars, I have had difficulty translating it into a product that can be delivered more readily to the public. So, we have decided to create a training module to teach people The Process.
Part of the business plan is to provide a web based interface for trainers and the public. This is not my strong point so I have to rely on experts.
Oh, and did I mention I am creating this while running a real estate brokerage and taking care of my husband and two sons ages 7 and 4!
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
On those days, I take time off. I live in the mountains of Colorado so I either put on my running shoes or cross country skis and get outside on the National Forest trails. I get perspective — I feel like I am part of something bigger and it is my responsiblity to fulfill this dream.
Do you have a motivational quote?
Do Good, Have Fun, Make Money. It’s the motto of Mind Redesign.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to your children about running a successful business, what would it be?
Follow your passion.
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
Enjoy the time with the kids and give them undivided attention. That’s more important than a home without dust bunnies!
It’s been harder in this recession because I used to be able to hire help but now my husband and I are doing everything ourselves.
Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
My iPhone. I love being connected. Also Facebook is working well.
What is next for your business?
Grow, grow, grow and improve. When you are at the beginning, there is nowhere else to go but bigger.
Your two cents sales pitch?
You want to be happy right? We can help.
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