I cannot believe Remarkable will be celebrating its first birthday next month. Where has the time gone?! This important milestone fills myself and Rikki with an immense sense of pride. In the lead up to November 7th and Dubai’s event season, we’re taking the time and making the effort to look back and reflect on what we’ve achieved, and most importantly look forward to where we want to go.

As Rikki mentioned in his last blog, we’ve been on a real voyage of discovery over the last three weeks. We make project decisions all the time, but the sheer volume and diversity of information and options we’ve been exposed to recently around our business decisions has been completely unexpected, but something we’re incredibly grateful for. As we enter our second year and look to focus our business, we’ve found ourselves becoming exposed to strategies not just for business, but also for our mental and physical health too. For example, the last workshop we attended was centred around mind-set…and boy was my mind blown!

When you break it down, it seems like common sense to focus time and effort on your mental and physical health when running a business. However how many business owners actually put those fundamentals into action?

As a business owner, you wear many hats and carry the burden of failures and successes solely on your shoulders. Mentally this can take its toll. So how can we equip ourselves with the right tools to navigate around this? How do we ensure our minds and bodies are in the optimum condition for success?

Here’s a summary of what I’ve learnt recently and what I’m continuing to learn:

MEDITATION

This is something that I often feel comes with certain stigmas. I was almost embarrassed to write it, but why? Does it mean you are a whimsical hippie? Or that you don’t take life seriously? I’m not so sure…

What I’ve learnt and opened my mind to recently, is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to gain clarity in your work and personal life. I’ve recently made the decision to give meditation a try, but wasn’t really sure what to expect. It’s still early days, but the plan is to implement meditation as part of my morning routine. Set aside time like you would brushing your teeth, or taking a shower. It just becomes the norm.

For me so far it has left me feeling energised for the day ahead. Taking a moment to catch your breath and just let yourself be. I know my reaction to most things just now is “I’m just too busy”, or “I’ll do it next week.” Now I’m trying to take a leaf out of Nike’s book…Just Do It! So far so good, and I’m honestly looking forward to seeing how this new-found interest in meditation impacts both my career and personal life. There are some great mobile apps and tutorials online available (most for free) for anyone looking to give it a go. I’m currently using “Headspace.” (Feel free to suggest others if you’ve come across any good ones!) Even if actual meditation isn’t for you, simply taking time out to lay and listen to music, paint, walk, run…whatever your escapism ethos, enjoy every quiet, centred second of it, before life’s busy moments creep back in!

BE GRATEFUL

Again, this seems like such a small thing, but how many of you can say you take the time to sit and reflect on what you’re grateful for in your life? Running here, running there. Work stresses, social commitments, errands etc. Whatever it is that fills up your daily life, things get hectic. When do we ever stop and think about how well we’re doing?

Another great exercise I did last week was to write down key things that I’m truly grateful for. The more I thought, the more I wrote, and the more I felt good about my situation. Written down in black and white it was clear and unfiltered, all these great aspects of my life. This was something that lifted my mood straight away and made me feel great! I don’t know why I hadn’t consciously done this before now, but it was so interesting to see where my mind took me and how I evaluated and felt grateful for the good things in my life. It left me with such a positive outlook on myself…something that often doesn’t come naturally to me. I encourage all of you to give it a try!

POSITIVE MIND SET

When in new situations, meeting new people, I often use this type of sentence when introducing myself, “Hi my name’s Victoria, I’m a worrier. If I’m not worrying, I worry about why I’m not worrying.” Ok, maybe not those exact words, but the fact I’m a worrier often comes up in initial conversations. I thought this was perfectly normal and I’ve described myself this way for years, however in that recent workshop I realised how stupid I was being! Mark Twain once said, “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” How right he was!

Before I even get to know someone, my negative assessment of myself is painting a picture of who I am as a person. That I’m a worrier and I’m not going to change. How bad is that!? It’s like the person who says they are always late… well guess what, the more they say it, the more they affirm their lateness. Self-fulfilling prophecy anyone? This was certainly a wake-up call for me, and to tell you the truth, I was really embarrassed. So much so, I felt I needed to share with the class that in the three hours we’d been there, I’d said that sentence to at least four people! Not exactly the impression you want to give to people when you first meet, especially prospective clients!

Again, it’s early days, but I’ve decided the only thing I want to be projecting is a positive outlook, for the sake of myself, my business and most importantly my family. I want to create a more peaceful and happy environment for my children. This new self-awareness has made me highlight the areas that I need to work on and most importantly the ones I’m willing and able to change. So if you happen to meet me out and about, whether socially or in business, the only introduction that’s coming out of my mouth from now on is, “Hi my name’s Victoria and I am worry free!”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, GET PHYSICAL!

As an ex-dancer, I have always been fit, however since having twins two and half years ago, that side of me has definitely taken a back seat. Working in event management is certainly a physical job, I won’t deny that. Both myself and Rikki are incredibly hands on in what we do, which means we need to be physically fit to get ourselves through an event, let alone a whole season.

Following some great advice, I have now scheduled some much needed “me time” every week, to make sure I look after myself. I attend pilates classes, which focus on making me fitter and stronger.

So what have the last three weeks taught me? A lot about myself, that’s for darn sure. I feel I’m in a better space, both mentally and physically, as I embark on this very exciting journey. Strong mind. Strong body. Strong business. Strong life. I feel unstoppable, and who doesn’t want to feel like that every day?!

Until next time.