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The journey from where you are to where you want to be starts with one small step: identifying where you are.
It's all too easy to get lost and frustrated trying to go from where you think you are, where you wish you were, or where you think you should be, to where you think you want to be, or where you think you should want to be.

For example, r
aise your hand if you've ever decided that
this is the week you'll finally prioritize exercising again.

You plan to get up extra early and do it before work, because the days get out of hand and you keep working too late to do it after.

You wake up tired and decide it's better to get just a little more sleep. You take your gym bag to the office so it will remind you to take a break during the day.

You feel a twinge of guilt every time you look at it, knowing you should go now, but if you can just get one more task done first, then you'll feel free enough to go.

You decide this has been a busier week than usual, and if you work extra hard to get everything done now, you can start exercising again next week. Maybe you'll rethink the optimal time of day and make a plan that works better.

And the cycle continues.
You're trying to change your behavior without changing your underlying beliefs or the energy behind your intentions.

Your behavior is on the surface. It's where you think you are.

"I'm just not disciplined enough, I have to try harder." "If I can come up with the perfect schedule, everything will work out." "If I work harder or faster, I'll have more time."

Your underlying beliefs and the energy behind your intentions are where you actually are. These are often conditioned from early life, and you may or may not be aware of them.

"I love exercising, but other people's needs and priorities are more important than mine." "People will think I'm a slacker if I take time for myself." "I know I'm supposed to exercise, but there are so many other things I'd rather do." "I don't like exercising. It's boring and hard, and I have to force myself to do it." "I don't have enough time."

If "exercise" as you know it feels like an unpleasant chore, or if you feel powerless to set and act on your own highest priorities, no amount of discipline or hard work will create sustainable changes in your behavior. You'll end up repeating the same old patterns.
Awareness is the first step.

Awareness of the conditioned beliefs you didn’t know you had.

Awareness of when the beliefs you know about (and thought you’d dealt with) cleverly sneak back in.

Awareness of what genuinely new patterns could look, sound, and feel like.

Awareness of the energetic baseline that’s influencing every thought and feeling you have and every decision you make.

Your energetic baseline is measurable.

When you know what it is and where to start, you take off the blinders you didn’t know you were wearing.

Instead of blinders, you now have epic, frequency-shifting vision that allows you to see and create possibilities you’ve never imagined before.
When you identify where you actually are and accept that as your starting point, you can create a more meaningful and deeply fulfilling vision of where you actually want to be.

With awareness of both the vision and the starting point, you can take conscious, aligned steps to close the gap.
In ONE SMALL STEP, you'll identify where you are energetically with the Energy Leadership™ Index assessment.
This unique assessment provides a current snapshot of how you’re showing up — when you’re in the zone and also when you’re under stress — so you can discover what’s working for you and what default reactions might be getting in your way.

After you take the assessment, you'll receive a video debrief from me that walks you through the results at your own pace. You'll also receive a workbook you can use over and over as you apply what you've learned to real-life situations.

With this practical Energy Leadership™ framework, reclaim the power to shift your energy and perspective in any moment or situation, so you can rock your leadership and rock your life — one small step at a time.
$111 USD
Please allow up to 48 hours after your purchase to receive the link to take your online Energy Leadership™ Index assessment. The email will come from "Assessments (Do not reply)" - check your spam if you don't see it, and contact me if you haven't received it within 48 hours.

The assessment takes about 20-30 minutes. After you complete it, you'll receive an immediate automated email confirming completion. Please allow up to 48 hours to receive your results, video debrief, and workbook.

"The insight, the direction, and the absolute clarity on what I'm here to share with the world has never been more obvious, bright, and enlivening for me.


If you're on the fence about working with Melissa, take this as your sign and just do it. It is so worth it."

~ Dana Hayes, Business Coach for Soul-led Entrepreneurs

(Hear the full testimonial in her video!)


"My energy had been blocked — and, I was feeling pressure to accept amazing opportunities I simply did not want. With Melissa, I had an epiphany — a realization that my life was indeed my own. Melissa's consult saved me 10 years at a powerful and influential job I did not want, but almost accepted.

I've begun to stop hiding my gifts and I'm allowing myself to take up the space I deserve; and frankly, the response from the world is amazing. People are drawn to me, with relationships and opportunities flowing in. I feel unblocked and able to be my unapologetic and loving self. Life isn't about goals — life is really just an experience and a journey that deserves to be valued."

~ A very grateful and highly successful client


"So often in the past I have felt stuck. I simply didn't know how to break out of the patterns I found myself in. This is a different kind of support than I've received anywhere else, and it's exactly what I needed at this point in my life. Instead of fighting to swim across a rushing river, working with Melissa felt like leapfrogging from step to step. I felt supported, I made forward progress, and it wasn't that hard. I see and understand my past patterns with more compassion, and I'm grounded in newfound hope for my future."

~ Ingrid Czintos, Massage Therapist


Dr. Melissa Corley Carter, The Barefoot Dancing Rocket Scientist, uses basic principles of rocket science to help rockstar humans reclaim their power, own their awesomeness, and take giant leaps of faith.


An actual rocket scientist, 7 continents marathoner, astronaut reject, speaker, award-winning author, and certified professional coach, Melissa will inspire you to celebrate the power of who you are and to ignite your passion for the life you live.


Before becoming a coach, Melissa spent twenty years aspiring to become an astronaut. In pursuit of that goal she earned two engineering degrees from Stanford University, a commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and a PhD in astronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Despite perfect vision after corrective eye surgery, her pre-surgical eyesight disqualified her and shattered her astronaut dream.

In the years since, she’s realized that her dream emerged from an intuitive knowing of her spiritual connection with the universe, from a desire to inspire people to greatness the way astronauts had always inspired her, and from the vision of a unified and harmonious world. In her daily dance with the universe now, she's truly living her dream.

Melissa is the author and photographer of the award-winning 2021 coffee table book, Running the World: Marathon Memoirs from the Seven Continents, and the companion wisdom card deck, Running YOUR World. In her book she shares her outer journey across the continents and her inner journey of recovering from shattered dreams and realigning her life with powerful purpose. Her wisdom cards will guide you to pause, reflect, align your own life with powerful purpose, and take inspired action toward your dreams.

Melissa is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where she serves as an executive coach, strategic advisor, and leadership development facilitator. Prior to joining the reserve, her active duty assignments included laser test engineering, adaptive optics research and development, satellite acquisitions and operations, and aide-de-camp and executive officer to senior leaders.


Melissa’s journey has taught her that identity and goals are not synonymous, that even major disappointments hold gifts beyond imagining, and that every experience invites us to take a small step — or a giant leap — into greater alignment with who we really are.

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The journey from where you are to where you want to be starts with one small step.

Take it.
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