We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Sarmiento and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Crystal, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Success cannot be achieved unless you decide in your mind, that you won’t allow for anything else. A habit I tend to have that is more related to a characteristic is my deep rooted stubbornness, and desire to not be mediocre and definitely pave my own way. But when we speak about the word, habit, the most powerful habit I can speak of is the power of prayer, along with the habit of intentional focus. Without these, I would not have the mindset or the emotional strength that has propelled me in a path of success where now today, I can help others in a tangible and impactful way.

What should our readers know about your business?
My career began over 22 years ago when I faced one of the toughest times of my life. I found myself a teen mom who’s fiancé had just passed away in a tragic car accident. Hard times were not foreign as I was raised by my father who was single father who also immigrated from Mexico. This new crisis forced me to dig deep and connect to my inner resilient spirit. It propelled me in a challenging yet rewarding career. It allowed me to be humble, appreciate of the blessing that I had ever Monday morning to get to go to work and make an impact. To impact others, and provide for myself and my daughter. This resilient spirit allowed me to break records and achieve the highest awards in my career. It was out of my long 22 year successful career that my clients to began to ask me to meet a need to speak, teach, train and coach. I decided that I would use my uncommon skillset to impact others and to use my mentor’s favorite methods to add value to people’s lives. I do this today by coaching executives, life coaching, conducting seminars and also a twist with offering women, empowerment seminars that teach them the fundamentals of confidence, mindset and safety, in a raw and very tangible way!

For one, the biggest challenge was becoming away of my own self saboteur. Doing the work to become of aware of my own mental and emotional self hindrances. Realizing that the circumstances around me controlled parts of my life but ultimately that I decided. I decided what I wanted to design my life to be. To pivot from comfort to determination, is always a challenge. Our minds are conditioned to seek the path of least resistance, and I noticed that this was the very thing that was hindering my goals and aspirations. So become the best version of myself for my children and myself, I needed to make powerful changes that began with a battle inside my mind to fight the self sabbeatur.

Success is different for all of us. Success looks, feels and tastes different to us, and mainly because we define that for us based on impressions on our subconscious mind. In order to be somewhere you have never been, it will require you to do something you have never done. It will require a firm decision. It require action. That begins with the thoughts you allow yourself to think. Again, it starts with the thoughts you ALLOW yourself to think. The first step in a new direction, is to choose intentionally and by design, your thoughts. Take captive your thoughts. That is half of the battle. Then, the second hardest part is to DECIDE. The third, is well.. action. Push passed the patterns that keep you feeling safe but that ultimately keep you in mediocrity. If you feel this is hard, because it is, then research a successful mentor or coach in the area of your goals, because no one has climbed mount Everest alone. They needed someone who has been there before, who knows they way, knows the tools needed and knows that they needed team to reach the top. They will also know that being at the top, is designed so we can learn the way, then teach the way.
When we talk about coaching, teaching and speaking, it takes one who can master the art and skill of connecting. Connecting, means you get to the heart of the matter and it goes beyond words. As my mentor John Maxwell says, “everyone communicates, but few connect.” Especially, in today’s society when the majority of professionals are using virtual modalities to reach their teams, customers and families, we find that connection is the hardest thing to accomplish successfully. Understanding the key principles of connection, being able to master this, then teach teams and leaders how to expand on this skill proves to change complete dynamics. It propels productivey, morale and communication becomes effective. Knowing that the majority of humans are constantly seeking connection whether consciously or subconsciously allows us to deliver a teaching that has tangible effects. When it comes my personal style of coaching, whether it is executive, life or mindset, my fundamental belief and principals system is why my clients see such powerful results in a short amount of time. My belief in a creator who architects everything with precision and design, forces me to conceptualize that his most prized creation, humans, is fully resourced. I look at our creator is abundant and I know that my clients lack nothing. They simply need someone who already believes in them, champions them and has the tools and techniques to pull from that untapped reservoir of potential. Working with me, you have a coach that will challenge you based to see different perspectives, but I start off knowing you are whole, nothing is lacking, and it’s my desire to help you achieve what I already know. Many of our clients begin with a huge identity question. Often times, working through this helps set this entire game into action. Puts them on path, with a new empowered mindset tapping into a resilience and determination that ultimately leads them to achieve their highest goals.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Without a doubt I’d take them to our favorite Texas beach, granted it is not the crystal waters that the carribean offers, but Crystal Beach is Texas all the way. The people there are always friendly and helpful. True Texas hospitality. The media would have you think that diversity is non existent, but when I am there on any typical weekend, it makes me so happy to see diversity! Latins, Anglos, African Americans all flying their respective flags, smiling, disagreements sometimes politically, but never unwelcoming to someone different then themselves. I see flags that represent different countries and even different political parties, and everyone is free and happy to do so all while having a blast! If only the media could see that there are places everyone comes together, express themselves and love each other with the common desire of enjoying a Texas beach, more good would be spread around. I would take my friends there for a few days. I would make sure we hit up our favorite cajun place to eat in Manvel, Texas, Honores. The seafood jalapenos are insanely delicious! Tell them I sent you! I would without a doubt take them on a fishing experience in the bay and possibly offshore. We would then end the days at the Museum District visiting the Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, and taking a walk through the new Japanese Garden. And if its baseball season, we would have to pay a visit to Minute Maid to see our World Champion Astros!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It takes a tribe they say. In my case, my story is not even possible without the presence of God in my life. I say it boldly because so many are afraid to speak what is true to them, and for me this is it.

As far as people in my life who have had a direct impact, I would say depending on the stage of my life, it was a different person. As a child who was raised predominantly by a father who immigrated from Mexico to later on find himself single, I would he had the biggest impact on my resilient spirit. As I grew up, both my moms, my biological mom and step mom had huge effects on the women and mother I am today.

Spiritually, I’d say my Godparents, they always were there for me pushing me and guiding me, and honestly were like my oncall therapists many nights when I was in my darkest days.

For the last seven years, my husband has been my biggest supporter. My team mate and my coach if you will. On my darkest days, pulling out of me what I had forgotten was deep inside, the potential and power I was created with. I needed that type of love to heal the wounds of my heart, so that I could give from a place that was whole. He deserves the biggest credit.

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