Prepare yourself for positivity
- the Steffi August way!
Do you ever feel like you are walking around in circles?
Does work feel like a prison?
Do you feel trapped in a life you don't want?
Would you like to learn how to turn your challenges into opportunities to help you live the life you’ve always wanted?
I've broken free from chains that held me. What's your escape plan? Because every great breakout needs a plan.
I was born in Dresden, East Germany where life was very structured. It was like growing up in an army boot camp. I went to school six days a week, starting 7am every day. Every day during our longest break we did the same thing. For 20 minutes every child had to walk outside in a circle. While we walked around and around the circle, the teachers watched us like hawks. If you stepped out of line, one of the teachers would shout at you to ‘Walk the line!’
Maybe walking around in circles was meant to prepare us for our lives under communism. A life where you were told what to do and when to do it from the moment you were born. Life in East Germany was like a treadmill and you could not get off the treadmill unless you escaped.
When I was 23 my boyfriend and I finally had enough. We were sick of it. We escaped from East Germany in 1988, on the same day as our daughter’s fourth birthday. We spent three days at a refugee camp in West Germany before we were given 150 West German marks to start our new life.
Finally, I felt free for the first time in my life.
Over 20 years later I stood up in front of a room of volunteers in Tauranga and shared my story. That was the start of my speaking and coaching career. That's when I told my full story for the first time. About how I escaped from East Germany to start a new life in New Zealand and the challenges and tragedies I had to overcome along the way. Suicide, physical abuse, and the tragic death of my second husband are just some of the things I’ve had to cope with in my life. But I refuse to let my challenges define me.
Wherever I go people call me the German Pocket Rocket, because I'm a little bundle of energy and optimism. I’m here to remind people to live in the moment, not in the past or the future, but right here, right now. After all, you only live once and if you do it right, once is enough!
So many of us spend our lives walking in a circle with blinkers on.
The people who live interesting lives are the people who venture outside the circle. That takes courage.
I inspire change in the people I work with and speak to. I work with people who have hit rock bottom in their lives. People who feel lost and worthless. Seeing the ‘Aha’ moment in people I work with is priceless.
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Steffi is a Professional Speakers Association of New Zealand (PSANZ) Award Winner, inspirational speaker, trainer, personal and business coach and author.
Her life-changing experiences have made her the person she is today and she is now helping others to see every challenge in life as an opportunity and to become stronger and more resilient.
She has successfully coached clients from all backgrounds, where her positive, can-do attitude makes people sit up, listen and challenge themselves to make a change. Known as the ‘pocket rocket’ for her small size, boundless energy and vibrant personality, Steffi is on a mission to share her blueprint for success with everyone she meets.
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