by Wendy Michaelis
What did you want to be when you grew up, a doctor, lawyer or even a veterinarian? How many of your childhood experiences made you who you are today, do you remember?
I want you to recall a time when you were a kid. When you didn’t know how to do something or how it was going to turn out, and you took a risk. Go on, take that second now, close your eyes and remember the intense feeling you had in that childhood moment. Was it adrenaline? Joy? Freedom? Or Fear?
Children are all about feelings of accomplishment and joy. We know they thrive on love and praise, learning and rising to high-set expectations when given loads of it. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and that is not always how we were treated as children. Over time, we learn we were programmed from birth to look, act and even think in certain ways. It molds us and shapes who we will become. If you were constantly told “You’re not capable of doing this.” or “No, you can’t do that.” Over time, you may start to actually believe it and subconsciously apply it to other things in your life. Like I did.
As an adult, I realize we all have had different experiences and see things through the filters we develop during positive and negative experiences in our life. It’s our adult perspective.
One day several years ago, I realized my child had actually forgotten to go out and play, because she was constantly told she couldn’t. Asthma had taken control. I realized that my life had to change.
It wasn’t always like this.
I come from a blended family of 6 kids and grew up as a devout Christian in the Mormon faith. Our grocery store was the gas station. K-12 met together in the same school building. It was truly country living, with huge open spaces; a gigantic orchard, garden, an acre pond (complete with water moccasins) and live chickens in the coop out back. I loved the fresh air of the country.
My favorite memory was climbing all the way to the top of that big oak in front, where I could see the train tracks for miles. I felt so free with the breeze blowing in my hair. I couldn’t believe I had actually climbed that high! I was in ultimate bliss … success!
Before I knew it, my life passed me by like a whirlwind. I had been married, had a daughter when I was 21 and then divorced 5 years later. When I remarried and had a son, our financial struggles caused yet another divorce.
On the business side, I engaged several good mentors I had met through networking. Among them, a world renowned scientist and physicist, a homeopathic doctor, a CEO of a major fortune 500 company and an attorney. I didn’t end up in college because the profound life education I was receiving was far more valuable.
I learned everything I could and felt like a sponge; like I did as a kid. Consulting was where I found my corporate stride. I dove in and learned everything I could from each company I worked with; their marketing strategies, what the consumer was looking for, sales cycles, engineering, contracts, corporate politics and communication in and thru the corporate structure.
The more I learned, the more I was determined to start something of my own – but what? How do you get from the stability of steady income to taking a massive leap of faith, trusting your skills and your product are good enough?
I had to look deep inside, past my fear of success, and piece together every thread of faith, every ounce of courage, and call on every moment of accomplishment I had ever had. I visualized myself having a successful venture until I really felt it.
Until that moment, my golden opportunity had never presented itself. But preparation is key – mentally, physically and spiritually. I wasn’t ready before, but now, all my life experiences came together and it all made perfect sense.
When I witnessed my daughter struggling with her asthma, I realized what I had to do for her and others like her. I hated that not only did she struggle to breathe, but when she did, there was so much junk in the air constantly aggravating her respiratory condition.
In June of 2012, I set my mind to become an expert in air quality.
I determined to discover a solution, since there didn’t seem to be a consistent one. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) even stated that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental health problems. With the toxic world we live in, I was not surprised.
My mentor once told me: If a problem exists, and you can’t seem to find a solution, you just need to look at it a different way. So, I did.
If you take a glass and fill it with dirty toilet water (you can see its dirty) and compare that to the air quality in your home. You wouldn’t want to drink it because it would make you sick, right? Okay, so dump out that same glass and fill it with filtered water without washing it. Would you want to drink it then? I wouldn’t, because the glass was still dirty when the clean water was put back in it. I learned it’s actually the same for your house – just like you have to wash and sterilize that glass, you have to totally clean and treat every surface in your home to improve poor air quality.
It needed some tweaking, and a rebuild, to the point I could patent the new equipment and my process. I’ve worked on the process relentlessly over the last year. I am utterly amazed at what it is able to do for ‘sterilizing the glass!’
Today, my daughter doesn’t have to use her inhaler as much, and we’re ramping up business. With 100% green technology and Certified Air Quality Technicians, we’ve become DFW’s leading odor removal service, and will soon franchise. I’ve never given up my vision to help my daughter and those around me take a healthy deep breath of clean air.
I finally discovered what I want to be when I grow up! I’ve overcome all of my negative childhood programming and replaced it with positive affirmations. I know the years of financial struggle, the heartbreak, the lost relationships – all have been a significant part of my unique journey. I have rediscovered my inner child, and her joy, passion and sense of accomplishment permeate through me. It’s for her and my children, that through it all, I’ve never stopped learning, growing, or trying to make a positive impact on others.
“I always do things that I am a little scared to do. It’s what pushes me to continue growing. When the thoughts come, when I’m not sure if I’m worthy of this success … I simply remember the divine nature of my spirit, and I am humbled. It’s in those brief moments, that I learn a lot more about myself.” -Wendy Michaelis
Wendy Michaelis is a leader in the fight to improve air quality, founder and owner of PrOzone Professionals™. TuneIn to learn more about her on The OffBeat Business Show, March 24, 2015. Contact Wendy at 469-224-7774 and Service@PrOzoneProfessionals.com.