Right now, rather than another 10:00PM sunset swim in the Mediterranean, OR bicycling and strolling along some of the most enchanting 13th century countryside caminos, I choose to fulfill my need to CONNECT with all of you.
When I first received an offer to spend some time “en retiro”, living on the north side of the island of Mallorca, Spain, I was very confused about what TO DO, fearing what I would leave “behind” if I actually left my home, community, live and social networks, and other “opportunities”for 4-6 weeks. It was an obvious reminder of the need to LET GO!
Did you know that Americans actually take less annual holiday time (i.e. vacation) than any other ‘Western” country in the world? Reason: FEAR that by letting go of routine that their “career/business” will fall apart or that they won ‘t get ahead! My question- Ahead of what? Aren ‘t we all in this global transformation together?
When is the last time you gave yourself the beautiful gift of just BEING? For those of who have, you know how much clearer and more effective (focused and intentional) you are internally, as well as once back on the “playing field”.
Awakened Entrepreneurs™ Create Decisions based on Needs/Values
I used an NVC method (universal needs- based process from Marshall Rosenberg) to make the decision. What needs will be fulfilled if I go? What needs will be fulfilled if I stay? Not only was my list longer for going, but I got more in touch with what is important to me.
Bottom line: Do what FEELS good– and in my case that meant my physical body-
(warm Mediterrannean sun & sea, healthy, fresh food, lots of movement outdoors) Simply YES!! Now Mallorca, is in no way Spain, unless, of course, you refer to Maui, the USA. But I used to live and work in Madrid and Barcelona, and the idea of spending time on the island of Mallorca seemed like a good choice. ( And then that night, after taking myself through this personal exercise, I received a loud message in a dream- clear and simple: GO TO SPAIN
DOING vs. BEING
Particularly in our fast-paced culture, DOING has much more perceived value that BEING. How often are you asked “ How are you?” – if the response is anything other than BUSY, something must be wrong. Yet, wouldn ‘t we all agree that all work and no play/rest makes anyone dull (rather than vibrant), inflexible and, well, uninteresting. How many relationships and dreams (personal and professional) are not realized as a result of this “busy/work” epidemic?
Especially in these times of information overload, including fear- based marketing and propaganda, I find “unplugging” essential in order to access one’s truth, values, goals, direction and strategies for living in purpose in order to make our greatest contributions (to self and others)
The Awakened Entrepreneur™ understands the essential need for regular “unplugging” -be it a long weekend retreat with no technology (yes, that!) or several weeks (3-4?!) of an actual holiday is exactly what is needed in order to optimize our engines for peak performance. Tony Robbins claims it takes 21 days to break/change any habit, which is another way of saying it takes 21 days to drop into a new reality.
Having reinvented myself a number of times in personal and professional pursuits, I’ve consistently been a big advocate of work-life balance. Starting back in the mid- 90s, I introduced a personal needs/values assessment component in all of my leadership seminars that continues to serve as a transformative catalyst for organizational and business leaders.
I am very impressed with the models that Mallorca is advocating from progressive youth education, Transition Towns (using Appreciative Inquiry) to local organic food production, permaculture, biking as preferred transportation, reducing meat in one’s diet (and revealing the truths about the costs of the meat industry), to a very sophisticated recycling system (including compost) throughout the City of Palma. The official unemployment rate in Spain is over 20%, (one of the highest in Europe), however that isn’t stopping most from finding new ways to connect, collaborate (an inherent value in this culture), and reinvent, once again, a 700+ year old way of being.
Most importantly, the general philosophy here is TRANQUILLA- and this includes the time you take to connect with those you know (and don’t know) throughout your daily activities.
And so here I am concluding a month of (once again) witnessing who I am, what I value, what I deeply desire-
The Result– a simplified life style with real time connections/dialogs that support personal and planetary health, wellness, sustainability, and collaboration-all essential elements for the Awakened Entrepreneur™.