Do you know what your "scream" is?

Ahwatukee Foothills resident and author Vicki Sandler will not only help you define your scream, but show you how to fulfill it in her new book, "Find Your Scream, Live Your Dream: Discover Your Inner Leader," in which she writes of 30 effective exercises to help others gain their fullest potential and become the best leaders possible.

"Your scream is your scream of joy, of your innate talents, passions and gifts," Sandler said. "Each one of us has a special scream, and when it's let out, there is no stopping your potential as a person or a leader."

Compiled of anecdotes from not only Sandler's personal and corporate life, but her past employees as well, the book helps demonstrate the power of discovering one's desires and overcoming fear along with the research of professionals.

The process of putting together the book started over a decade ago when Sandler began journaling her personal and professional journey to finding her scream. She also spent time in South Africa and Peru learning more about the intuition, faith and synchronicity.

Prior to writing her book, being president of her green energy consultation firm Wearthy Ideas, LLC., and working as a motivational speaker, Sandler spent 30 years in the corporate world.

In those final 10 years, Sandler was the president of APS Energy Services. As a leader, she wanted to become more in tune with her employees to maximize their capabilities.

"I wanted to learn how our perceptions, judgments and beliefs get in the way," she said. "When we aligned, we just kicked butt."

Sandler said a company can't be the best company until each leader is the best leader. "There's only one person you can change: Yourself."

During that time, she, along with the help of her team, took yearly revenues from negative $10 million to a positive $220 million, plus $80 million in assets, and grew the company to more than 100 employees.

After her successes, she soon found herself among the many laid-off people in the country. But, unlike most, she saw this as a positive thing.

"Layoffs can be liberating: It gives you an opportunity to realign and to do what your heart's desire is. People fear it, but if you can have trust and faith in the divine trying to nudge you on the path that would serve you best, like Tetris, you'll see how it all fits in."

Although that chapter of her life was over, her scream remained: To inspire and lead others to their fullest potential. She wrote "Find Your Scream, Live Your Dream: Discover Your Inner Leader" to do just that.

"I felt it was my calling. It's part of my life's purpose," she said.

Sandler's "Scream to Dream" approach and the focus of her book and workshop revolves around three main principles:

1. All the answers you need to the key questions in your life are within.

2. Once you explore your core and become very self-aware, you will listen to your body and your heart and your mind.

3. Release your fear because when people explore their scream, oftentimes they find they're not in alignment with it, and what's blocking them is usually fear.

Listening to your intuition, being in tune with your body and its symbolic nature as well as addressing your fear is key, Sandler said.

"You are balanced in mind, body and spirit."

Sandler will be hosting a free workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wedenesday, Sept. 21 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, 6428 S. McClintock Drive. The workshop will offer a taste of how to find and succeed down your path with several of Sandler's exercises.

"Every individual can benefit by increasing their self awareness - key to a happier, healthier and more successful life - by learning when their body is telling them they are out of alignment emotionally," Sandler said. "Everyone can take away something worthwhile."

Ashley Haines is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a sophomore at Arizona State University.

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