For the last two years, I’ve taken clients to Secrets Resort in Huatulco, Mexico for a one-week personal luxury intensive. We focus on productivity and health behaviors, implement new systems and tools and have a crazy amount of fun. We paddle board, kayak, yoga, dance, snorkel, eat incredible food, watch and participate in fun entertainment at night and work.
Yes, we work.
About two hours a day we focus on topics like how to tackle email, what they are prioritizing and how they can outsource, their customer pipeline and how to organize it, what foods to choose when the buffet is a never-ending field of desserts, and how to be smart about the alcohol that can be brought to you in the pool.
It’s super-effective, and one client has done it twice. And my latest one has already signed up for next year. A third client has signed up again for 2019.
Then why was I feeling guilty and justifying my reason for being there?
I spent the two weeks before the trip making sure everyone knew that I was actually working in Mexico. I said this like I didn’t deserve it. I started to defend this luxury before they even had a chance to say anything snide about it. Why was I not reveling in the fact that I created a kick-ass business model that was super-beneficial for both my clients and me? Why was I not celebrating that I have created something so special that guests repeated the experience?
It took my second-week client, Wendy Gates-Corbett, to put me in my place. She said “I’m high-end. I’ve worked hard all year, and I deserve this trip.” My response was “of course you did, and you do! High Five”.
Why wasn’t I looking at it this way?
I do focus on my client during these workations, but I also have a load of fun too. I needed to think those thoughts myself during the third week of my trip when my husband came to join me, and I had my own luxury workation.
That’s when I got this email from Wendy –
“My biggest takeaway is related to the something unexpected that happened: I became the ‘shi shi CEO.’ I embrace my ‘shi-shi-ness.’ I use the term ‘shi shi’ to mean high-end, glam, and executive. The fact that I embrace my ‘shi shi-ness’ tells me I have entered a new realm in my role as a business owner. I now see myself as CEO of Refresher Training. Not just as a business owner hustling to survive as a business, but as the ‘shi shi CEO’ who is intentional, deliberately driving her business to kickass levels. And I’m ready for it. Where’s my crown?!”
Yes! I realized that I need to embrace my shi-shi-ness and celebrate that I create something so unique and extraordinary, that’s also efficient and happens to be in sunny southern Mexico. What they get out of it and what I get out of it can’t be had at home or in a weekend.
I spent that third week unlearning that mindset that I needed to justify. I spent it thinking and processing and determining how I wanted to move forward in my business. I worked on my business about an hour a day but kept my OOO message on. I responded to emails but scheduled them to send when I got back. It was exactly what was needed, and after returning home was so jazzed up that I was more successful in getting contracts in the first two weeks than I had been in two months! Both my clients felt the same and were getting contracts that they hadn’t expected, all after being reinvigorated and embracing their shi-shi.
Stop the justification to reward yourself. If you don’t, stop the entrepreneur that feels the need to. You deserve to celebrate.
Embrace your shi-shi-ness.