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World’s 25 Most Exotic and Best Beaches You Can Visit All Year Round

World’s 25 Most Exotic and Best Beaches You Can Visit All Year Round

With so many terrific beaches in the world, it is hard to pick only 25 to represent as the best beaches in the world. The following list is a compilation of the best beaches based on travel awards and experts in travel. In no particular order, these beaches, most underdeveloped and budget friendly, are the best beaches for vacationing any time of the year.

1. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesian Islands

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    Image via Flickr by Othanga

    On Matira Beach, you can experience the sunset melting into the turquoise waters off one of the best beaches in the world. Located at the tip of Bora Bora, you find a tiny paradise packed with activities for both adventurous and laid back lifestyles. Splurge and stay in a bungalow on the water, or stay in a more traditional hotel. This tiny island can be lavish or budget friendly.

    2. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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      The tiny island of Mujures is believed to have once been the sanctuary for the Mayan goddess Ixchel. Today, it hosts one of the best beaches near Cancun, Mexico. Here you can feed whale sharks or explore the island via golf cart. The nightlife is active and food is plentiful.

      3. Fort James Beach, Fort Bay, Antigua

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        Image via Flickr by Ed Yourdon

        This beach is only a five-minute drive from the St. John Port. Located on the northwest coast of Antigua, St James Beach is a popular spot for both locals and travelers due to its pristine beauty, and abundance of activities. On the island you can try your luck at a casino, dine on local cuisine, and shop for everything from fine jewelry to locally made pottery.

        4. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

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          This seven-mile stretch of white sand and clear water is a magnificent sight during the day, but nothing captures the essence of Negril like watching the sunset melt into the water atop the cliff at Rick’s. Negril is famous for cliff diving into the clear soft waters of the Caribbean and their nude beaches.

          5. Paradise Beach, Royal Davui Island, Fiji

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            This beach is home to the Royal Davui Island Resort. It is an adults only playground with 16 private Vales, surrounded by the Beqa Lagoon. On Royal Davui Island, you can begin your day with a champagne breakfast, eat a lazy lunch under a banyan tree and finish the night with a picnic lunch on the beach.

            6. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

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              El Nido is considered the best beach in the Philippines by many sources. Often called the Philippines last frontier, El Nido is home to marble cliffs, crystal water filled lagoons, and bright colorful fish. Off the beach, you will find lush mangrove forests, gorgeous waterfalls, and caves that date back as far as 2680 BC.

              7. Hopkins Village Beach, Garifuna, Belize

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                Image via Flickr by Bob Reck

                While strolling down the white sand beach in Hopkins Village, drums fill the air. Rhythm is an important part of the Garafuna culture. These friendly people make up about four percent of the Belize population, but can claim home to the most spectacular beach in this tiny country. Garafuna’s speak their own language, sustain their own culture, and pass ancient traditions down from generation to generation.

                8. Mahai’ula Beach, Hawaii

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                  This untouched beach is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park. It is just north of Kona, and accessed via a dirt road. Once you reach the beach, you are greeted by white sand, clear water, and plenty of trees for shade. Follow the coastal lava trail for one mile to visit Makalewena Beach. You will not find the usual tourist type attractions on this beach, but that is part of its attraction.

                  9. Ofu Beach, Ofu Island, American Samoas

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                    Image via Flickr by Susan Ware

                    Much like the Hawaiian Beach of Mahai’ula, Ofu Beach of the American Samoas is rugged and uninhabited. Only accessible by plane, this remote island is a top attraction for tourists and locals. Ofu Beach offers unprecedented views from atop its massive cliffs, and great water conditions for swimming and snorkeling. It is the perfect adventure spot for backpackers and hikers.

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                    10. Baja do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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                      Baja do Sancho is often referred to as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. This beach greets you with white sand and emerald green water for as far as your eye can see. In the bay area, you will find high cliffs where visitors enjoy watching dolphins at play. During the rainy season, the beach offers a special treat of two natural waterfalls that empty into the sea. This beach is a favorite for turtle watchers.

                      The cliffs surrounding this beach make a perfect spot to view dolphins spinning and diving into the water. If you happen to be on the island during the rainy season between the months of February and June, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise, because the Baia do Sancho comes alive with two most beautiful waterfalls cascading down from the cliffs into the sea. This phenomenon is caused by rainwater and is a real treat for the eyes. But these months are the best time for the egg-laying turtles; hence the beach is closed from late noon to the next morning, so make sure to be on the beach early during the rainy season. – See more at: http://www.noronhabookers.com/fernando-de-noronha-tour/beaches/baia-do-sancho.html#sthash.3PDFXVnk.dpuf
                      You can reach the bay either by trekking down a short trail or by sea. The beach is protected and surrounded by native vegetation and high rising cliffs, which makes the perfect nesting ground for birds. The sand on Baia do Sancho is white and the water is emerald green. If you happen to take the boat, you just need to stop for a quick swim. The clear crystal water is ideal for diving as well. – See more at: http://www.noronhabookers.com/fernando-de-noronha-tour/beaches/baia-do-sancho.html#sthash.3PDFXVnk.dpuf
                      You can reach the bay either by trekking down a short trail or by sea. The beach is protected and surrounded by native vegetation and high rising cliffs, which makes the perfect nesting ground for birds. The sand on Baia do Sancho is white and the water is emerald green. If you happen to take the boat, you just need to stop for a quick swim. The clear crystal water is ideal for diving as well. – See more at: http://www.noronhabookers.com/fernando-de-noronha-tour/beaches/baia-do-sancho.html#sthash.3PDFXVnk.dpuf

                      11. Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile

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                        Image via Flickr by Sarah Twicheli

                        Surrounded by coconut groves and crystal clear water, this beach is a favorite for divers.  In the winter months, it is common to see huts set up along the beach where locals sell their goods to travelers. Anakena is considered the place where King Hotu Matua disembarked.  Locals tell the tale of how one of the caves was once the Kings home.

                        12. Galapagos Beach, Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

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                          Most travelers discover this secret paradise while traveling to Galapaga to see Lonesome George at the world renowned Charles Darwin headquarters. He is a 150-year old tortoise and the last one of his kind. Once travelers stumble upon Galapagos Beach, they find seaside hotels, fantastic food, and every water sport you can imagine. Most stay a while to enjoy the serenity of this magical place.

                          13. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

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                            Flamenco Beach, named by the Discovery Channel as the second most beautiful beach in the world is located in a campground. Here you will find beach vendors with umbrellas, paddleboards, and other small watercraft. The beach is long and continues through the bay. Visitors swim, hike, picnic, and camp while surrounded by one of the most beautiful settings in the world.  Make reservations early for this one.

                            14. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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                              Providenciales, called “Provo” by the locals, is most famous for its world class diving. The five mile beach area began development, “Club Med” style, in the 1980’s and is now filled with luxury hotels and condominiums. Provo, once ranked “Best Beach” by Conde’ Nast magazine, has won World Travel Awards several years in a row. The area is unique due to its rugged hills, uninhabited cays, and miles of coral reefs close to the shore and awaiting exploration.

                              15. Major’s Bay Beach, St. Kitts, West Indes

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                                St. Kitts is a potpourri of both English and French traditions and architecture. For now, it is still a hidden gem but plans to develop it further are underway. Here, you will find the usual water sports, but for animal lovers, this island paradise offers a special treat. The abundance of rare tropical birds makes this a must visit destination for bird watchers, and friendly monkeys entertain tourists near the beach. The monkeys are believed to have been introduced to the island by pirates.

                                16. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba

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                                  The crystal clear water of Playa Paraiso fills pools on the soft white sand while a mangrove forest provides the backdrop for this magnificent Cuban beach. The water here is not stirred like sea waters to the north, allowing for miles of aqua marine colored water.  Adventure seekers enjoy renting a jeep to explore the many roads and paths that surround the beach. This area is famous for its black coral reef, scuba diving, and riding horseback along the beach.

                                  17. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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                                    The rocky shoreline of the Virgin Gorda is home of The Baths. This massive display of granite boulders, some as big as 40 feet in diameter, fill the beach for as far as you can see. The beach itself is white sand encompassing pools made from the giant rocks. The boulders formed from molten rock that never reached the surface. They cooled creating the granite layer, then broke apart from years of shrinking and cracking. Through time, weathering rounded the corners of the broken rock which created the artistic display today.

                                    18. Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

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                                      This beautiful beach stretches 22-kilometers along the whitest of sand.  Red cliffs fill the background by hanging over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Camel rides at sunset are a favorite activity of tourists on this famous Australian beach. At low tide, the 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints can be explored. This is also an excellent location for watching dolphins and migrating whales.

                                      19. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

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                                        Famous for its reefs and lagoons, full of flora, fauna and green sea turtles, this famous beach is the backdrop for famous advertising campaigns such as Bacardi Rum. Divers and snorkelers from all over the world visit here to swim amongst colorful fish and catch a glimpse of a black reef shark or whale shark in the clear waters.  Although vehicles are allowed on this island, the main means of transportation is bicycle. The locals encourage tourists to adapt to their lifestyle and rent a bicycle from a local vendor.

                                        20. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii

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                                          Once named the best beach in the world, Kaanapali Beach is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. Now lined with luxury resorts, condominiums and some of the best shopping on the Islands, this beach has something for everyone. You can cliff dive from the northern cliffs, watch the sunset into the water, or watch a reenactment of King Kahekili diving off of Black Rock. Visitors look forward to returning to this exotic destination year after year.

                                          21. Praia dos Carneiros, Tamandare, Brazil

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                                            Image via Flickr by Márcio Cabral de Moura

                                            This lesser known beach is a perfect place for rest, relaxation, and romance. There are restaurants and colorful accommodations available near the beach, but don’t expect anything super fancy. This hidden gem is tucked away from the touristy beaches of Porto de Galinhas. It is by far the prettiest beach in the area. Many couples take advantage of the small wedding chapel located on the beach.

                                            22. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

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                                              After traveling a long and windy road, your path ends in a tropical paradise filled with tropical foliage, turquoise water and white sand surrounded by granite. Divers love this spot as it offers some of the most scenic diving in the Seychelles. Praslin is the site of the fabulous Vallée de Mai, a site once thought to be the original “Garden of Eden”.

                                              23. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands

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                                                This beach is untouched perfection.  Wood-built beachside restaurants are a favorite amongst travelers and locals alike. Be warned, most of the beaches here are unofficially nude and the locals like it that way. They have fought and succeeded at keeping things simple by blocking development in this section of paradise. It is common to see yachts anchored near shore here as this is a favored playground of the rich and famous.

                                                24. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Austrailia

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                                                  This scenic island is only accessible by boat, but once there, you will find an abundance of lush green foliage, rugged hills, and turquoise water for as far as you can see. This is a popular area for tourists to visit when traveling to the Great Barrier Reef or Queensland Australia. The natural surroundings make it a favorite spot for boaters to drop anchor and swim in the clear blue waters.

                                                  25. Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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                                                    Doctor’s Cave Beach is one of the best beaches in the world and the most visited in Jamaica. On the beach, you can rent kayaks, water scooters, umbrellas, towels and beach chairs. To save on high prices charged inside the gates of this beach, many travelers purchase from street vendors. Remember, Jamaica is a barter town. Don’t be afraid to barter for a better price.

                                                    These are just 25 of the worlds best beaches that are great to visit anytime of year. Most of the best beaches are unspoiled by tourists so you may know of a hidden gem of your own. If you have a favorite beach, we would love to hear about it. Please share in the comment section below.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Image via Flickr by Eddy via flickr.com

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                                                    Last Updated on July 23, 2019

                                                    13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                    13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                    Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie, can you help me fix my fear?”

                                                    Why is this so critically important to you?

                                                    The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life, it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                                    Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share with you 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                                    1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                                    Right now around the world, people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                                    When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear, like so many other emotions, can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                                    • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                                    • The man facing the judge.
                                                    • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                                    • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr. Smith.”
                                                    • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                                    • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                                    These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                                    Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car, or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                                    Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                                    2. Accept Your Fear

                                                    Firstly, if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However, it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                                    We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                                    And here’s what can be done.

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                                                    3. Get Some Perspective

                                                    I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                                    And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                                    That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                                    We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                                    So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                                    • Are you really at risk?
                                                    • Will this kill you?
                                                    • Which leads us on to..
                                                    • If the worst was to happen, what would it be?

                                                    4. Hold a Hand

                                                    As a coach, it is my job to hold someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                                    Like the child petrified of the thunder storm, or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                                    We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                                    Ask yourself:

                                                    • If the worst were to happen, what would that be?
                                                    • Could that really happen?
                                                    • If the worst did happen, how would you recover?
                                                    • If the worst were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                                    By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through its wily evil ways and move forward.

                                                    5. Know Whose Hand You Hold, Either Physically or Emotionally

                                                    This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                                    Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                                    The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                                    It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right, I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                                    For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people, we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                                    Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                                    6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                                    I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                                    Not everyone was looking for greatness, however, they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                                    Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in World War II. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards, how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind, he was free.

                                                    Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                                    Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                                    Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                                    7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                                    Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                                    I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music, hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                                    It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded me that nothing stays the same and I can find a way.

                                                    One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                                    Did that moment fix the disaster that my client’s life felt? No. However, it gave them a moment of calm, and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                                    It may feel like madness to do something you love, however, it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                                    8. Assume the Worst

                                                    If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                                    Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed? Think about what age it may have made them feel?Think about how they feel about champagne? What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                                    And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                                    When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                                    Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                                    9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now

                                                    If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                                    Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                                    Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head, convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                                    10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                                    One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                                    11. Go with Fear

                                                    When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                                    I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past, that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                                    Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                                    One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before, I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                                    However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                                    We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                                    12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                                    And in that client’s words, “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                                    The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                                    What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                                    13. Own Your Fear

                                                    Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                                    We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article, you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right! I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                                    You can’t help but feel good when you see that, can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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