Have you recently started a new project? Have you moved beyond the one-off freelance to actual business projects where you get paid through your official channels? Now you’re excited and you don’t want to lose your clients so you think maybe I’ll keep my prices extra low or give in to ever mouth twist or raise of an eyebrow. Right? Wrong!
You’re not alone. There are so many talented entrepreneurs who have worked so hard for their big break and when they finally get it they start to think of drastic ways of keeping their newly found clients’ byways that actually do more harm than good.
I was asked today in a Meeting with a client while we had a coffee break—“ how do You maintain such a high energy level” and he wasn’t talking about the energy in which I keep up with life, but the energy I add to everything around me. The enthusiasm.
I couldn’t tell you I didn’t know what he was asking because I try to live my life as conscious as I possibly can.
—As clear and participative to the decisions I make. Because no one wants to go through life floating, to one day wake up and say, —“how the heck did I get here?”
I recently read a post by one of my favourite business writers on “doubt.” Coincidentally, it was something that I kept thinking of a few days before and particularly how dangerous this creeper of thoughts can be to the success of any project let alone even getting it off the ground.
Self-doubt, in my opinion, is singularly the most dangerous moment a person can experience. In the beginning, your idea sparks a bust of creatively, clarity and excitement through and through where it looks like gold, a definite must do, attainable. You get so pumped-up then after you’ve slept on it, by the middle of the afternoon the next day you’re thinking … hmm, I don’t know how the hell I am going to pull this off.
All of a sudden you’ve started to doubt yourself, the idea of owning the business of your dreams or applying for the job that’s a level up feels too risky, too far-fetched and perhaps bigger than what you can commit to right now. This is all doubt. It’s a killer and it happened to me. More times than I’d like to admit but you know what, you’ve got to remind yourself, as fast as doubt creeps into your space you’ve got to flush it out with a strong dose of reality:-
Businesses take work. Anything worth the big $$$ takes work. Great ideas take a creative process they must go through to mature and yes they’ll be ups and downs. Nothing is ever straight shooting – it’s business. It takes finessing, research, testing, collaboration and commitment. What’s even more important is that, if it means enough to you, it shouldn’t feel as easy to give up.
Once the idea of starting your own venture sinks in, it can feel overwhelming at first. You may even find yourself dealing with things you hadn’t thought of in the beginning but with the right mindset, you can bring yourself to put doubt behind you and start thinking like the entrepreneur you are meant to be, with more confidence, consciousness, and control of the situation at hand.
Strong business leaders face their challenges head-on, there will always be a decision to be made, what is important, is seeing that — you’re the decision maker and you have to develop the competency to own it by the way you look at the process as a whole.
Understanding that with risks comes the potential for the unknown, but it’s a situation with the prospect for a solution.
More than often, going back to the whiteboard will be necessary to get a broader or new perspective once things are put into motion. For me, it’s writing. I write all my ideas and processes out. A lot of the time my husband turns to me and wonder how in heaven I can draft a business plan on my iPhone. But that’s just it, it’s important to collect your thoughts, put them together so you can revisit them as needed.
The bottom line is this: once you’ve had that light bulb moment and realized you are going to do this, that it is feasible – you’ve got to commit to it. Doubt is the only thing that is unreal since you wouldn’t have given yourself enough time to grow to a firm evaluation.
We all have the power to look at an unforeseen situation as an opportunity in how a product is offered, in a sales pitch, speaking at your next conference or even to empower a team. Businesses are largely built by the opportunities they are presented, along with the attitude and reaction we pay to it.
As the week nears vibrantly into the weekend I find it noteworthy to mention one person in particular that has quite unknowingly I suspect filled me with great inspiration over the last month. An inspiration that has teetered at my very core, forcing me to believe in the parts of myself I once wasn’t sure I wanted to share with the world, just yet anyway. –My quiet creativity, expertise and love of the web arts and branding like a boss. However, with recent events in the Memphrémagog region, I feel it is time to make good on this challenge.
So, who could really inspire someone this way and be humble about it? For starters someone who understands what leadership is truly about, someone who has earned their bragging rights without bragging and someone who not only speaks with conviction but has the will and wisdom to make things happen. I’m talking about Madam Manon Couture. For those who are new to her activities, she’s the Directrice General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Magog-Orford and my boss a few days a week at least while I render my time with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Magog-Orford, in the hopes of better perfecting my linguistic skills in French and integrating into the business scene of the Memphrémagog and Orford regions, my new fortress.
The experience itself volunteering is humbling and as a woman in business who has managed numerous undertakings with companies all over the world, the presentation of a mutual collaboration with Madam Couture of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Magog-Orford -: a not-for-profit organisation proves rewarding as a collective effort of talent, minds and entrepreneurial opportunities are in constant flow.
The Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Magog-Orford facets a collage of advantages its members can entertain in facilitating new leads, technology and inter-community benefits found within the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Real-time tools business owners and executives can use for added success.
Being a part of this activity has definitely stimulated a vital chain of activity in my domain. Recently, I had the pleasure to plan in collaboration with the Directrice General, the Mayoress of Memphrémagog annualDinner, an event that has run most recently a successful night of networking, entrepreneurial exchange, town projections and great dining! The orchestration was beautiful and proved quite promising for the future of the region.
As a new member of the community myself having recently moved to this destination required rebuilding my formation and recalibrating my thoughts. Instead, I am now able to focus on the aspects of my life that should be given preference and for this reason, I have in this process launched a Marketing & Branding Formation that aims to help business owners and executives better identify with their product and their business philosophy by adaptable lifestyle simulations.
It’s been a continual pleasure getting to know the people of my new neighbourhood and I welcome readers to keep an eye out for some of my latest topics on: –
An Escape doesn’t truly serve its purpose if you’re taken from one overpopulated destination to another overpopulated destination. Picking a great beach vacation has always been a thing where the destination and the beach itself need to have exclusivity.
I’ve always found it, a fine line understanding the difference between picking a beach destination that offers exclusivity over inclusivity. Understanding the two can ensure you get exactly what you’re hoping for. Growing up in the Caribbean myself I’ve hopped my fair share of beaches throughout the West Indies before moving onto the scattered islands of the Indian Ocean and Oceanic regions.
One can grow accustomed to the idyllic lifestyle of a sunny beach destination that offers an uncluttered and very tranquil piece of paradise without neon distractions and overcrowded umbrellas. The simple enjoyment of peaking a subtle glow when sipping on a perfectly prepared cocktail overlooking some of the world’s best beach reefs with nothing to see but endless pristine water and a stunning sunset. That sort of freedom might put a special glow on just about anyone needing to escape. Particularly if you’re living in cold country Canada.
So, this brings me to a curated selection of five beach destinations, tried and loved with what I’ve come to note as my TOP 5 LUXURIOUS BEACH ESCAPES 2018.
Making this list, are beach destinations that are beautiful by nature, idyllic, pristine water visibility, the softness of sand and without a doubt exclusivity of location.
# 5 Sabah, Malaysia
Sabah is a Malaysian state occupying the northern part of the island of Borneo. It’s famed for its 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, the country’s highest peak, crowned with distinctive granite spires. Sabah is particularly known for its beaches, rainforest, coral reefs and abundant wildlife, much of it within parks and reserves. Offshore, the Sipadan and Mabul islands are noted diving destinations. It’s uncomplicated lifestyle and ecological composition make it excellent for the tranquillity seeker that can handle a bit of adventure without a crowd.
# 4 Ora Beach, Maluku, Indonesia
Ora Beach, carefully hidden away on the North Coast of Seram Island. An exotic and extremely remote destination, Ora beach is perfect for Eco-travellers and honeymooners alike. A row of cosy, wooden cottages line the sandy, white beaches, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Sawai Bay, and with a backdrop of limestone cliffs and majestic mountains, covered in lush, tropical greenery.
# 3 Seychelles, Anse Georgette
The astounding natural beauty of this little bay will truly take your breath away. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it’s easy to see why Anse Georgette ends up as many people’s favourite Seychelles memory. Anse Georgette is hidden away in the grounds of Constance Lemuria Hotel. The hotel does allow a limited number of outsiders to access daily but you must call ahead to do so. Alternatively, you can take a hike from Mont Plaisir down to the beach. Its lack of coral or rocky formation leaves nothing but soft beach sand giving the water its most stunning colour.
#2 Mujdin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
The islands of the Turks and Caicos have built a reputation of attracting the super elite with its abundance of uninterrupted beach experiences hailed with the worlds best beaches and chic lifestyle. However, captivating my heart hidden is a beach along Mujdin Harbour within Middle Caicos. It takes a bit of planning to get there from the main island of Providenciales but not overly complicated. The waves can get pretty surfer ready but when visited at the right time of day offers a timeless beach experience filled with grand boulders and hidden caves holding rich history and photo points for a photographers dream day.
Making my #1 and holding a special place in my heart is the Maldives after calling it home for two years is – a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. This destination is branded with the ultra-luxe in mind, unspoken exclusivity, beautiful beachscapes, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. It is the epitome of exclusivity, crystal clear waters, stunning coral reefs and some of the world’s best dive experiences.