Adele Trebil – The BreakThrough Environment™
I’ve been following the U.S. real estate decline very closely for several years. My own brother lost his primary residence and a rental property during the downturn in the last couple of years, which caused emotional turmoil, lifestyle downsizing and loss of a retirement nest egg for him and his family. Though I realize my brother’s problems are shared by many Americans, his losses put a personal face on this national crisis for me. This motivated me to do something unique and proactive in response to: a lost generation of real estate and the plight of small businesses in America today.
I wrote a concept for a research project to study the effects of environment on small business success. In 2010 I received an award. It allowed me to begin my field work.
My vision started out as research to study the effects of environment on business success during an economic downturn. It has evolved into a full blown program including: residential and commercial consulting; audio CDs; webinars and live seminars. These products are designed to assist anyone interested in improving their success potential through making Feng Shui changes to a living or working environment.
I never expected what happened in the first few months of my research. Early results coming out of the study were more than encouraging, they were inspiring! These results prompted me to create this blog in order to share the personal stories and triumphs of many small businesses struggling through the economic downturn. Their results spoke to American ingenuity, self-sufficiency, persistence in the face of adversity, willingness to try unconventional methods (Feng Shui) and reigniting the American dream.
In this blog I share many of the challenges, struggles and ultimate success of my clients. I hope this will inspire others. I would also like to open discussion about what other people are doing to reclaim a lost generation of real estate in America, and to empower small business during this transitional period.
You might say I have more than an idle interest in current real estate trends. No, I’m not a real estate agent, nor am I involved with construction or development. My background, education and career for the past 20 years has been focused on improving the quality of environments for the people who live and work in them.
I started my career as an Operations Manager for Hewlett-Packard, later I opened an Interior Design business and I’m currently self-employed as a full-time Feng Shui consultant. I have learned first-hand that environment DOES affect behavior and even the bottom line in a business. As evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D. learned from his own research (“Biophilia”, published 1986) making even subtle changes to an environment can result in enhanced problem solving, improved teamwork and even expanded productivity.
This is where my vision for my own research first began. What has focused my unique approach is 20 years of using the Asian real estate success strategies derived from Feng Shui principles. Although these principles have catapulted China onto the global stage with massive economic expansion, they are practically non-existent in American culture. I included Feng Shui protocols in my research because I have been working with them for over 20 years and I know that they improve success potential. In Asia Feng Shui has a historically proven track record as a “success strategy” for improving the potential of real estate projects and the success of their occupants. These issues are part of the interface between people and their environments I am studying in my own research.
THE CONCEPT AND FORMAT
At the time that I ran my study, I was living in Nevada (highest unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy ranking in the U.S.). So it seemed appropriate to make my own backyard the geographical target for my research. The umbrella statement for my research was: “to study the effects of environment on small business success in Northern Nevada using Feng Shui protocols.”
The target group for my initial study was small to medium-sized businesses that operated from home-based locations or from commercial settings. The format for the fieldwork involved providing an advanced Feng Shui audit on the workplace, including simple recommendations based on Feng Shui protocols. My format did not involve construction, remodeling or traditional interior design changes. Participants filled out one written survey at the beginning of the study, and one additional survey each month for five consecutive months for the purpose of tracking results. I spent approximately a half day on site evaluating the client’s workplace and making Feng Shui recommendations at the beginning of the process. Business owners were given a list of Feng Shui recommendations to implement over the course of their 6 month participation. I maintained monthly contact with each one through telephone coaching calls.
Documented results from participants for a 3-6 month period include:
- Cash flow increases ranging from 20% up to 1000%
- Renewed hope and personal empowerment
- Rapid achievement of long-held career dreams
- Dramatic expansion of client base
- More consistent referrals for new business
- Ongoing new financial opportunities
- Quick sale of real estate that had been on the market for several years with no offers (at full price or near full price)
- Enhanced teamwork and productivity
- Stress reduction
- Significant renewal of Zest-for-Life
The research study, as funded by the award, ended after 24 months. I have taken the protocols developed during this study and created an ongoing consulting system known as “The BreakThrough Environment™”. The list of results keeps growing as new clients sign up for my program, now part of my regular consulting practice.
I have showcased many of the personal stories that were part of the original research in this blog. I want readers to understand what kinds of challenges business people had when they first started my program and where they were at when they ended it. I want you to see how the implementation of Feng Shui protocols in the workplace (at home and in commercial settings) affected both personal and professional success. Many participants that applied Feng Shui solutions to a “business” challenge and got results, often experienced improvement in one or more “personal” areas of their lives as well.
I’m excited to introduce you to my work and the power of Feng Shui as a truly unique success strategy for the times we live in. After reviewing the stories showcased in this blog, please let me know your reaction. It is my hope that what I’m doing will stimulate ideas, positive connections between people, sharing of resources, ingenuity and innovation. I welcome feedback about what others are doing to improve support for small business and to empower people in their ownership and use of real estate in today’s market.
To Your BreakThrough Success,
Adele Trebil, FSI
The BreakThrough Environment™
(May 5, 2013)