motivation / Inspiration Interview: Mercedes Maidana

  • Adi Maor Siso
  • business ideas . Dealing with fears . Inspiration . Mercedes Maidana . new ideas . new project .

One of the things I learned in the past year is that I’m always putting myself in a place of expanding and growing in my life and my business. It’s really a good thing. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable, but most of the time it’s so rewording and amazing!

 The important part of it is that I need to understand what I’m going through, work through it and trust that everything is going to be OK. That things will work out, even if I can’t see it now.

Also, I need to listen to my body and soul more; to make intuitive decisions and not trust soli on my logic thinking. Don’t get me wrong – I really LOVE logic thinking. I’m a very logic nerdy kind of gal, but I learned to open up for more.

Things in our life and businesses work in a much deeper level and only if we’ll enjoy our journey we could experience that.
I keep reminding myself that things suppose to be fun and exciting in my business, otherwise why did I become an entrepreneur in the first place…? (tweet that!)

When I read about the exciting life and perspective of Mercedes Maidana I decided I had to get a pick to her thought and how she deals with fears and setback. How does she examine her own signs about new projects, expanding, growing and what does she do about them.

If you’re not familiar with Mercedes’ work you REALLY should! She’s inspiring!

Mercedes is a Motivational Speaker, Business and Abundance Life Coach and Patagonia Surf Ambassador. She is a three-time consecutive finalist at the XXL Billabong Big Wave Awards, nominated as one of the top three female big wave surfers in the world (2009/2010/2011).

Through her work as a coach, Mercedes guides women to go for their dreams and take action steps to live life to their highest potential. Mercedes is based in Hawaii, and travels the world surfing while inspiring others to follow their dreams through her motivational talks and writing. She is currently working on her first book, a guide to manifest our dream life. Can’t wait for that one!

Mercedes Maidana

1. What is the first thing you do when a new business idea jumps into your mind?

I write it down on my calendar. Simple.

2.  How do you know if this idea good for your business or not?

I don’t ever know until I try it out. Many times a project seems amazing but then it has not much feedback, and sometimes a little crazy idea that seemed like nothing special, becomes a great income for my business.
I just focus on doing only the projects that feel like a “Hell Yeah!” to me so I don’t waste my energy. I let my enthusiasm guide me, and then work is really fun!

3.  How do you deal with fears a new project holds?

I actually just did a very detailed audio on how I deal with fear in business and in life. But I basically get myself to a space where I can tap into the value that I am giving to others, so I trust that what I am doing is something that will help and uplift other people, so I should share it with the world.

4. What is your favorite place to do your planning; and to work on a new project?

In my office desk. I love my office, I have an ocean view (which sometimes it is a bit distracting because I am a surfer!) and I painted the walls in a light lavender minty color that is very inviting and makes me feel creative.

5.  What do you do if life happens and you’re not keeping up with your original plan? What keeps your motivation high?

Oh, that’s a good question!
There are usually two paths for me: or either I am avoiding expanding into a bigger abundance and success, because of the fears that come along with that, or I may be avoiding a project because it feels like a “Hell No!” to me and I don’t find the enthusiasm in me to do it.

So I ask myself what is stopping me. If it’s the second option, I just let go of the project and make space for a new one that excites me. If it is the first option, I run a process of getting to the root of my fear and seeing the pro’s and benefits that I can have and others can have if I launch that project into the world.
Sometimes I need to take time off that project and distance for a month or two until I find the enthusiasm back. Then I re-focus and go for it.

Now your turn!
Share in the comment below – what is the one thing you’re taking from this interview and implementing TODAY in your business?

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  1. Elizabeth
    October 22, 2013 Reply

    Great interview and exactly what i need to hear right now – that i should focus on what I am giving sharing and how that will bring value to peoples lives instead of what I am scared. Thank you so much.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      October 22, 2013 Reply

      You welcome Elizabeth! :-)
      I think this is the greatest challenge for all of us business owners – get over our fears for a much bigger reason then our own personal world.

  2. claire
    October 22, 2013 Reply

    It is awesome! tks! :)

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