Daily inspirations for crew
Everything we have now is an accumulation of something we have thought about, wished about or believed about in the past. We create our futures with every thought and action we take, so why not choose something that will make us happy?
Easier said than done, I know. We all have fears and habits that get in our way of what will make us happy. The discomfort of looking at ourselves with a gentle, yet objective eye is always worth the rewards.
So how does this apply to us in yachting? Crew often become uninspired after some time on board. The day-to-day work starts to become monotonous, and I see a light go out in them. The fire under their step burns out and I start to see tired eyes and zoned-out stares. Simple and regular tasks start to get forgotten (even with checklists) and there is a lull in productivity.
What is this all about? Truthfully, it could be a million reasons but I have found that it is often lack of inspiration.
Does this mean the boat needs to shake things up? Maybe, but mostly crew need to find ways to make their jobs more interesting for themselves. They need to find ways to feel renewed, wake up with fresh eyes and get inspired on a daily basis. They can’t always count on their boss or the boat to do it for them.
Crew who have decided to work toward a career in yachting must understand the truth about it: Yachting is just as much excitement as it is monotony. Cleaning the crew mess again and again, doing 25 loads of laundry every day or scrubbing the teak the same way over and over again is a big part of yachting.
So here’s how to get inspired every day:
- Make a gratitude list. What are you grateful for in your life that you have already? What has the boat given you? How has the boat made you grow? What crew brighten your day? What beautiful coast, port or destination have you been to recently?
- Move your body. Find ways to incorporate fitness into your daily life. Walking, jogging or hiking when you’re in port or doing a dock or deck workout with hand weights, fitness straps and a skipping rope are excellent ways to move. The more you move, the more endorphins will be released and the better you will feel, over all.
- Eat like your body is a temple. Make a conscious effort to eat healthy, whole, plant-based foods as much as possible. The more raw fruits and vegetables you eat, the more you will feel alive and well. The more junk food you eat, the more you’ll feel like junk.
- Get involved with something not yachting related. Get a hobby, if you can. It could be drawing, coloring, blogging on some topic that inspires you, or studying an online degree if there is time. This will pull your mind away from the all-encompassing boat and help you return feeling refreshed.
- Feed your soul. Journal, meditate, swim in the ocean, walk barefoot in nature, go to a spa. Whatever it takes to keep you centered and at peace internally will help you feel inspired in all that you do.
- Healthy self talk. Talk to yourself like you are your best friend when things go wrong. What would she say to you? She’d probably say, you’re doing awesome, you’re trying your best, you’re on your way to success.
- Get a new set of eyes. Step back from each task and see it in a new light. Look at it as if it were new and fresh and from the perspective of your head of department.
- Have a vision. Write down your goals for your life and yachting. Photos do wonders on a Pinterest board, paper or a slideshow you can watch on your computer. This will keep you focused and help you remember what you’re doing here cleaning toilets all day.
I hope you feel inspired today.
Angela Orecchio is a chief stew and certified health coach. This column was edited from her blog, Savvy Stewardess, The Smart Girl’s Guide to Yachting (www.savvystewardess.com). Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.