Mind Management Q&A With Language Alchemist Tracey Jones

In preparation for her Mind Management Webinar on May 30th 2023, we sat down with Language Alchemist Tracey Jones to discuss what we can expect from her webinar and to gain critical insight into crew mental health in superyachting.

By Sarah Smith-Garrison • 29 May 2023

To register, please log into the Bluewater CLUB. This free webinar aims to "Elevate Human Performance” by adopting a multileveled approach towards Mind Management. 30th May 2023 @ 14.00 CEST / 08.00 EDT

What Does Mind Management Mean?

Mind management refers to taking active steps to control and direct one’s thoughts, emotions and behaviours to achieve specific goals or improve one’s overall well-being. It involves developing skills and techniques to regulate one’s mental state, such as mindfulness, meditation, cognitive-behavioural therapy and other forms of self-reflection and self-awareness.

Mind management can help individuals improve their mental health and reduce stress, anxiety and other negative emotions. It can also help individuals become more focused, productive and successful in their personal and professional lives by assisting them to identify and overcome mental barriers and limitations. Mind management can be a powerful tool for improving one’s quality of life and achieving personal growth and development.


Why Is It So Vital to Yacht Crew?

Mind management is vital for yacht crew members because it can help them manage stress, maintain a positive attitude, build resilience and improve communication and teamwork. By developing effective mind management techniques, crew members can thrive in their roles and contribute to the success of the yacht and its guests.

Crew members often work long hours and in high-pressure situations. Effective mind management can help individuals stay focused and calm, even in stressful situations. When crew members can manage their own mental state, they are better equipped to handle emergencies and ensure the safety of everyone on board. Effective mind management can also help improve communication and teamwork among crew. When individuals manage their mental state, they can better communicate effectively and work collaboratively.

Working on a yacht can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging at times. Mind management techniques such as mindfulness and positive self-talk can help crew members maintain a positive attitude and stay motivated, even when the work is tough.


Can You Share Any Success Stories With Us?

I have many success stories, but one that stands out to me is about a senior leader who completed my 6-day program. By the end of the program, she not only improved her communication skills in the workplace but also felt that she had become a better communicator with her husband and child.

A few elite sports personalities suffered serious injuries that forced them to retire from their sport. By desensitising them to the event that caused the injury, we were able to support them in accepting the situation and letting go of their emotional attachment. This helped them manage the transition and life after sport more successfully. It was amazing to be part of these sessions, seeing how they communicated better with family members instead of shouting and being grouchy.

Another critical piece of work is that I have worked with several clients to manage their families through press intrusion. Being unable to leave their homes can significantly impact their well-being, and the fear and worry of stepping outside can be daunting. Being with them throughout this process and helping them maintain mental equilibrium to the best of our abilities has been a tremendously rewarding experience. Communicating clearly with family members and other agencies and collaborating are imperative.


What Advice Would You Give to a New Seafarer Starting Their Career?

Spend time learning about yourself. It’s the most significant investment you will ever make. Understand your core values and how they impact your behaviours if you start to blame, judge or make assumptions about another crew member. Sit with the feeling and dig deeper to understand why you feel like this; often, there will be a misaligned value somewhere. Be mindful of how we show up from day to day. Am I the best version of myself today?


What Advice Would You Give a HOD Before the 2023 Mediterranean Yachting Season?

  1. Get organised before the season starts, and ensure you have all the necessary paperwork, permits and certifications in order. You should also ensure your department is fully stocked with all the required supplies and equipment.
  2. Build a strong team. As a HOD, you will be responsible for managing and overseeing a team of crew members. Building a cohesive and effective team that works well together and communicates effectively is essential. This can help ensure your department runs smoothly and efficiently throughout the season.
  3. Communicate with other HODs. It’s essential to maintain effective communication with other HODs on board the yacht and with the captain and senior officers. This can help ensure that all departments work together effectively and that any issues or concerns are addressed promptly.
  4. Take care of yourself: It’s important to prioritise self-care during the season, as working long hours in a high-pressure environment can be physically and mentally demanding. Take breaks, get enough rest and practice stress-management techniques to avoid burnout.

Why Should Yacht Crew Take Advantage of This Upcoming Webinar?

It’s an excellent opportunity to improve mind management techniques, discuss crew-centric issues like the importance of professional and personal development and elevate your emotional intelligence.

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