I recently sat down with ever-so talented and inspirational duo from the Excellence:Collective, Ricci-Jane Adams & Laura Elkaslassy, to get their insight on not only their incredible international event coming up this year, but their take on what it looks like for entrepreneurs who are ready to go bigger in themselves as a thought-leader, and bigger with their business. It’s all about making space, and considering “what else is possible?!”…
Why is it important to dedicate time to work ON your business instead of IN?
Well, because everything that is possible for you is not going to happen in the “busy”.
If you are truly entrepreneurial in your thinking, you’re always looking for what is next and what is going to open yourself to your mission and a bigger and bigger way so you need to actually create time.
Make time for when the brain is using different chemicals and hormones, so you be in your creativity and you can actually be downloading or receiving those kinds of creative hits.
The inspiration can’t come when you’re in repetitive actions. When you’re doing the same thing that you do in your business again and again and again, you will not meet your inspiration.
Stepping outside of the doing of your business is the best way to figure out what the next level of your business is.
When you work ON your business, how do you start? Where do you start in a day?
In a day? I always start with brain dump and that is a productivity tip that I use from Jo Bendle.
Basically I begin each day just dumping the contents of my brain onto paper and sometimes I’ll do that before I go to bed as well, especially if things are sitting in my head. Then I can prioritise what I need to get done in a day and I can also be very realistic with myself about what’s not going to be possible for me in a day.
I think one of the biggest hazards, that causes procrastination and makes us go into a downward spiral is not being realistic about the time that you’ve got available in your day.
Being clear and realistic with yourself about how much time you have available can help you make space for working IN and working ON your business.
Achieving Magnitude is the backbone to this event, why do you feel this is important for the modern entrepreneur?
I think magnitude is a deeply personal idea, the same way that success is going to be different to someone else’s version of success or magnitude.
But it’s absolutely vital that you don’t count yourself out from the possibility of achieving the ultimate success, the ultimate magnitude in your business. I think that’s where women in particular, but all entrepreneurs will get to a point where they think “well it’s working, I shouldn’t try and go further than this”.
It’s at this point that entrepreneurs can really limit themselves and limit the opportunities that are available to them.
I remember reading somewhere that “a great entrepreneur will have seven different kinds of businesses on the go”. I can’t say that I’m at that level, but what that is suggesting is that there’s always ways to diversify and to increase your capacity to serve and increase your capacity to make a really, really healthy living.
If we’re not accepting the idea of the possibility, that we can go further, then we are essentially shutting doors before we’ve even looked to see if there are doors.
What does achieving Magnitude look like in your own business journeys?
For Laura, I know that she is really at a precipice moment where she’s, you know, seven figures is insight for her and I know that she’s really taken the time and invested in her professional development and personal development to be able to expand easily and gloriously into that seven figure category. She is diversifying her income and it’s all coming back to the one idea which is no more poor entrepreneurs and really eliminating entrepreneurial poverty and all of her purpose is lined up with that.
For her now it’s like, how big can this go? How far can she reach? How many people can she serve? How many people can she work with to break their negative self-beliefs around money?
For me, I have a vision of 5,000 priestesses. So 5,000 women trained in as intuitive guides by the institute. Every year, every intake the the Third Level program, we reach further and further around the globe and it’s very much a vision of creating a community.
Personally, magnitude has always been about reach and of course aligned with that naturally is that the more people you serve, the more revenue you create (if you’re doing it right). And, the more revenue, the more power to serve.
So for me it’s very much about being unafraid of making money, as it directly affects my ability to serve on larger scale. And I know that’s a big thing for a lot of spiritual entrepreneurs. This is something I’ve definitely moved beyond now with Laura’s help as my money mentor.
In what ways have you planned the event to change the attitudes and trajectory for the entrepreneurs who attend?
Well, the first thing we’ve done is go to Tuscany. Given that the majority of our attendees will be coming from Australia, Tuscany may not seem like an obvious place. It’s not cheap to get to, but we want to take people to a truly heavenly location and give them a sense of magnitude by feeling, “Yes, you’re in the game. You are an international entrepreneur and you could be presenting or sharing your work in this incredibly beautiful physical location.”
The other part of that, of course, is that we are inviting you not only into a retreat, but into an environment where your own creative genius can emerge.
We’ve really thrown out the book on what entrepreneurial retreats look like and we’ve given ourselves permission to do so. We’ve created intersections or moments where people can access support and programs that might excite them, but largely to just give entrepreneurs the opportunity to be with their own creative genius; to meet their own magnitude.
We’re essentially asking our attendees to step up as a leader of their own business and not imitate what other people are doing, to inspire them to carve their own path.
Explain some of the core aspects to the 2 week event and their benefits to business or personal growth?
At the Excellence Collective event in Tuscany this September we do have immersive opportunities every day.
There are ways that you can come together informally and formally, including the co-working space and the pitch fest, which is a free opportunity to kind of pitch your best new idea and mastermind how to bring it to life.
Then we’ve also created a more formal program which you can choose to invest in at your own discretion. You can make a choice to invest in additional support and learning around areas such as working with your business archetype, enhancing your social media presence, streamlining business tech, or managing the financial side to business.
There are also additional programs such as a creative workshop with our artist in residence, Aesha Kennedy, or the daily yoga or meditation sessions as well, because we want to not just say that you just need to come in and train your business brain, you actually need to be able to expand into all of your intelligences.
What we’ve done is create a “pick your own adventure” kind of experience.
I think that is absolutely vital, once again, for people to be given the authority to choose and decide how this event should work for them and not to be given a cookie cutter model.
This event offers freedom and space for the entrepreneurial brilliance inside of you to flourish and find momentum.
There is such flexibility that you know, one day you may feel you have to go to the Uffizi and look at the Milo to Venus in Florence and just sit before greatness and absorb that. And then you may come back and write the most incredible business plan for a new venture. That absolute flexibility in the program combines with the immersive experience to create a game changing result for all attendees.
This is a two week event. It’s not a come in for a weekend. It’s like if you are coming with us, you are going to move your life to Tuscany for two weeks, be immersed in the culture, be immersed in the people, be immersed in the food and the environment.
Give yourself over to this. Don’t try and just hack it.
Sometimes you know the slow is a great thing for us to be looking at here. Everything is so fast and hard all of the time. If we slow down, reduce the “busy” and lean into our entrepreneurial genius, then we can allow ourselves to see what’s possible.
The design of this event is such to encourage personal and professional growth, do you envisage any other outcomes for attendees?
For me, spiritual growth. Absolutely everything I do will be informed by that. So everything that you’ll do with me, if you are participating in the program, my three day workshop with Laura will include a lot of spiritual growth as well. And that’s not to scare off people who are not necessarily identifying as being spiritual. These are really just consciousness engineering tools that are going to improve all aspects of your life and particularly help you meet your upper limits and exceed them.
There will absolutely be extraordinary business and personal growth outcomes, especially with this advantage of the incredible international network we are creating.
When you go into this kind of entrepreneurial commune with amazing business leaders, you are going to be given access to such a talented and inspiring community that you can’t get your hands on in any other way. That will without doubt change the magnitude of your business, and your thinking.
How did you come to create this event together, and why Tuscany?
Laura and I just love hanging out together and we see that we have a great working relationship. We really do inspire one another. We also work very differently but towards the same outcome, which is to help women in particular, but all people, to go beyond their perceived limits and to really inhabit a much grander view of their own life and to live outside of all of those borrowed limits.
Tuscany is absolutely because Laura knew the place and she speaks the language. It’s also one of the most beautiful places in the world. I mean, there’s very few people who say, “I don’t want to go to Tuscany.”
I think Italy has a romance and a history and a culture that is absolutely admirable and for many people, myself included, this is a dream location. So why not do business here?!!
What is your big vision for the attendees of the Excellence Collective?
I want them to change their minds about themselves.
I want them to see themselves as, as game changers, world leaders.
I want every person who attends to know that what they think is their limit is actually not true, that there is so much more possible for them.
We see this event as an investment that’s going to bring attendees to realise their own magnitude, bask in their own gloriousness, in their own creative genius.
We want all attendees to be surprised at what is possible for them.
Do you have a key piece of advice for fellow entrepreneurs who feel ready to go to the next level?
Do it; but to do it well, you have to meet your fear.
Sometimes we take risky decisions that are actually well informed where we feel a deep certainty. Sometimes we take actions out of fear because we’re afraid that things aren’t moving quickly enough and we do things that are actually risks rather than risky.
If you are coming at your business from a fear paradigm of “I don’t have enough money”, or “I don’t know how to reach a large enough audience”, then you’re going to be doing yourself a disservice.
I absolutely recommend observing within yourself, what is fear, and what actually a really good choice.
You can only do that by practice and consistently showing up and asking yourself:
“is this actually a faithful, fear-based decision or is this actually an appropriate level of risk where I’m pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and I’m seeing what else is possible?”
How and when did you know that you were ready to go bigger / next level with your own businesses?
Well, I can’t answer for Laura, but for me, Laura is a big part of that. Laura is someone I have invested in since the early days of my business and she is so much more than a money mentor to me. She’s absolutely a business mentor. She inspires me to think bigger all of the time. And I think that she does that based on really good evidence.
So it’s a combination for me, even though I am an intuition expert, I don’t make all my choices by the seat of my pants. That’s not what intuition is. I absolutely am guided by people who have deep knowledge and understanding of how my business is working and then I let my choices drop into my consciousness where I can sit with them and notice if this is the right choice, or fear.
It’s a combination of absolutely knowing where you’re at with your business, and then looking to that inspiration that may be sitting there.
You need to write down all your inspirational hits. You don’t necessarily need to act on them all at once, but when the time is right, everything will come together.
Excellence Collective offers collaborative learning and working spaces, what can attendees achieve here?
This entrepreneurial journey can be really lonely and isolating. While sometimes we do need to be alone, it’s also just as important to come together in community or a commune.
When you sit with a collective of like-minded people, they sort of seed the air with this inspirational consciousness and I think the possibilities of what we can learn about ourselves is so much bigger in this environment.
Coming together in a truly luxurious place, with lots of time, really expanding and leaning into the beauty of environment and the atmosphere of the community as well… that’s where those incidental conversations that happen.
Those are the moments that can change your life. You can’t anticipate or plan for those. We are providing the conditions, and then they will happen organically.
To join Ricci-Jane Adams and Laura Elkaslassy in Tuscany this September, visit the event website www.excellencecollective.com for details on the location, workshops, and how to apply.
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