Imagine being able to go through the rest of your life as if you were on a luxury cruise. If you’ve never been on one, there’s just something about boarding a cruise ship that gets everybody pumped and looking forward to the best journey of their lives. A sea vacation of wonderment and joy awaits anyone who is open to it.
Your present life experience IS a cruise. At least it can be if you make the right mindset preparation and walk on board with the right attitude. Just like a cruise, your life can be full of fun and positive experiences. The great thing about your cruise through life is that YOU are the Captain of your ship!
In over 10 years as an International Cruise Director, I found that a successful cruise depends on four elements; having well-planned fun, visiting some amazing ports of call, making sure that everyone on board is safe and after the cruise is over, what can passengers take away from the experience? Here’s how you can translate all of that into a workable plan for the rest of your life’s journey.
There isn’t much point to a cruise unless there’s fun involved. Fun is the glue that holds everything together not only on a cruise but in your life as well. The Cruise Director can create scenarios where plenty of fun is involved, but it’s always up to the passengers to participate.
Fun is a choice. It’s up to you to create and invite it into your life. Greet each and every day with the idea that you will have fun as the day unfolds, no matter what. Fun is like a magic wand that can change things for the better as soon as you put it to work for you.
Don’t know how to get started? Focus on things that make you smile and bring you joy. Adopting that type of mindset only invites more of the same into your life experience. When too many days pass without the spark of fun and joy, sadness and loneliness begin to set in. Science now proves that this is detrimental to your health.
PLAN YOUR COURSE
Every cruise has a plan to visit some amazing ports of call and each of those stops is strategically chosen to add specific value and memorable experiences. In the cruise that is your life, this means setting goals and successfully realizing them. It’s a great feeling to set out with a specific destination in mind and then get there. Choosing the right ports and charting the correct course means you’re not wandering aimlessly at sea.
Whatever it is that you want out of life, it’s essential that you have a plan. It’s the only way to get from A to Z. As the Captain of your ship, make a plan to get the most out of each place your ship stops. Each day of your cruise is another opportunity to get the most out of your life.
Not every stop along your journey will be a memorable one. There may be some that you wished you had never set foot on. But that’s life. Choose to make the memorable ports of call along the way the ones that matter.
MAKE SURE SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE
Onboard a real cruise, before the ship heads for that first port and before all of the fun begins, we take time to make everyone aware of the safety procedures, just in case of unforeseen rough waters or worse yet, a disaster at sea. If you happen to be experiencing rough seas at this point in time, don’t go down with your ship. Just like a cruise ship has life jackets, lifeboats and special instructions in case of emergency, so should you.
Throughout your cruise, a good Captain ensures your physical, mental and emotional security, especially during a disaster. It’s all about putting protocols in place so that you always feel safe throughout your journey.
It’s important to remember that you can’t be prepared for everything that may present itself during a cruise. The unexpected can happen but how you choose to deal with it makes all the difference in the world.
I always used to advise passengers should something unpleasant should occur during their cruise, to acknowledge it and choose not to let it ruin the rest of the voyage. In life, it’s always best to manage experiences of a negative nature. Make the choice not to become them. If we attach emotion to issues of a negative nature, we have to be sure to rise above that level sooner than later.
What three things do you need to do right now to move on from a not so pleasant situation? Put your safety plan in action and you will soon find yourself sailing through much calmer waters. A ship’s Captain knows that no storm lasts forever. It’s always smooth sailing ahead. All you have to do is get there.
You’re on an absolute high for a week…and then it’s time to fly home. It’s one thing to have an amazing time during a cruise, but what can you take away from the experience to make the memories last? The key is to keep the joy of the cruise going long after the vacation experience is over.
In life, you have good weeks and you have bad weeks. Figure out what key feelings and emotions created the “high” of a great week, and do your best to re-create those feelings and emotions when the sea gets a little stormy during the darker weeks.
If you’ll just take control and be the Captain of your ship, all of the excitement you experience during a cruise can also be realized in your journey throughout life. All it takes is knowing that life really IS a cruise full of fun, adventure and success. The overall experience is up to you simply because YOU are always the Captain of your ship.