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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – BASIL SPRINGER COLUMN ON DECEMBER 31, 2023

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January 20, 2024 – “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Shortly before I moved to Trinidad 10 years ago, I was invited by a colleague to attend a seminar coordinated by a Barbadian life coach who offered a free 30-minute introductory consultation. At the time, exploring the use of life coaching services was not on my agenda, but I kept her business card.

When I arrived in Trinidad there were many changes to my lifestyle: a different social environment; commitment to a new personal relationship; operating in a contrasting, albeit favorable, economic space; challenges of work-life balance; and consulting professionally in a virtual environment. It did not take long before the potential value of life coaching came to mind.

I consulted my Rolodex, accepted the complimentary offer and quickly hired the life coach to help me with the transition. I was familiar with business mentoring since it is integral to my professional consulting activities, but I was unfamiliar with the field of life coaching.

The skills and methodology the life coach employed were most impressive. In particular, the program introduced me to the practice of positive affirmations of abundance in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, relationship, financial and business aspects of my life.

Having experienced its benefits, I can now conclude that not only did life coaching help me to transition more smoothly to my new lifestyle, but I am also now convinced that life coaching and business mentoring services should be twinned in my consulting business and called “Shepherding Services” to guide young entrepreneurs along the journey to business success.

As a result, the 3M Shepherding model (Metamorphosis of business ideas; Management of entrepreneurial mindsets and business systems; and Money through an equity fund) has been enhanced accordingly.

I am often asked about the importance of New Year resolutions in both the business and personal arenas. As we approach the end of another year, it’s a perfect time to reflect on this topic and its relevance to our journey towards success and fulfillment.

In the spiritual realm, our resolutions might involve dedicating time to meditation, prayer or other forms of spiritual nourishment. This strengthens our inner peace and resilience, qualities that are invaluable in both personal and professional contexts.

Intellectually, we might resolve to learn something new or challenge our minds in novel ways. This could be through reading, taking courses or engaging in stimulating discussions. Intellectual growth keeps us sharp and adaptable, which is essential in the ever-changing business landscape.

Physically, resolving to maintain or improve our health is crucial. This might mean regular exercise, a balanced diet or adequate rest. A healthy body is the foundation upon which we build our daily productivity and long-term achievements. I’m grateful that my grandson has just given me a plan for geriatric health.

In terms of relationships, we might focus on nurturing and strengthening the bonds with those around us – family, friends, colleagues and business partners. Healthy relationships are a cornerstone of a fulfilling life and a prosperous career.

Financial resolutions could involve better budgeting, investing, finding ways to increase our income, or pension planning. Financial stability and growth enable us to focus more on our other goals without the nagging anxiety of financial insecurity and budgetary constraints.

Finally, in the business aspect, our resolutions should employ the 3M Shepherding model. The business world is dynamic, and staying ahead requires a commitment to continuous learning and adaptation.

Collectively, when we embrace these resolutions, we not only improve ourselves; we also contribute to the growth and improvement of those around us. Our collective resolutions can create a ripple effect, leading to broader societal and economic growth.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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Regional Soldiers head to Jamaica to train for pending Haiti mission

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#KenyaMultinationalForce#CARICOM, February 22nd, 2024 – About 150 Bahamian soldiers are heading to Jamaica within the next one or two weeks for a joint training with Jamaican soldiers, in preparation for the pending Kenya led multinational force mission to Haiti according to Bahamian Defense Chief Commodore, Raymond King, in reports. Soldiers and security forces from Chile and Argentina will also travel to Jamaica for the training.

King informs that Kenya and Haiti are in the process of signing off on an agreement to allow Kenya to lead the force into Haiti, following advice from Kenya’s High Court which recently deemed Kenya’s decision to deploy police officers to the gang run nation as unconstitutional. This agreement includes a formal request for assistance from Haiti, allowing Kenya to legally intervene on the ground.

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Major plans for The Bahamas announced Davis

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Development,February 22nd, 2024 – “Things are changing in The Bahamas,” were the words of Prime Minister Philip Davis as he outlined some of the Government’s plans to improve the nation through a decrease in the cost of living, enhanced security for Bahamians and the expansion of access to opportunities. Davis, who was presenting on February 21st, the Bahamas Mid-Year Review of the fiscal performance for the fiscal year 2023/2024, highlighted a long list of plans for the archipelago.

Here’s the full list stated in Davis’ address :

  • A new energy policy and an expansion of renewable energy, including microgrids, and an emphasis on engaging local Bahamian firms and building local professional capacity; 
  • An expansion of Bahamian ownership in our economy, including support for entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, and an expansion of affordable housing –with hundreds of families moving into new homes by this summer; 
  • A modern and award-winning specialized tourism product, with new investments across our archipelago, and major visibility and branding campaigns in New York, Florida, and the UK;
  • Progress on redeveloping downtown Nassau, long overdue;
  • New commitments to education, including a Parental Engagement Unit; more teacher training, modernizing the curriculum, classroom enhancements, improving school attendance, and using the Renaissance testing results to design individualized support for students; 
  • An expansion of technical and vocational training, including certification at the high school level;
  • An Empower Grand Bahama micro-grant programme for entrepreneurs; $1.5 billion in investments for Grand Bahama in the pipeline; the Beautiful Grand Bahama programme, in which collaboration has led to safer communities; and Collab Grand Bahama, which fosters partnerships between the government and the private sector to bring change and progress to Grand Bahama;
  • Major upgrades to our health infrastructure;
  • More support for our athletes and sports programmes;
  • We’re on track to pave 65 miles of road in New Providence alone this year;
  • Investments in NIB to improve fairness and efficiency;
  • A National School Breakfast pilot programme, which is already giving thousands of our children breakfast in their primary schools, and is ready to expand;
  • New classes, camps, lessons, and programmes at our Urban Renewal Centres;
  • A Youth Guard to strengthen our capacity during national emergencies, and give more young Bahamians a path forward;
  • A Task Force addressing unregulated shantytowns in New Providence and Abaco, with other islands to follow;
  • The selection and training of new immigration officers;
  • Saturation patrols and new investments and collaboration in crime prevention; 
  • A juvenile detention facility;
  • A cadre of officers trained to recognize and manage psychiatric issues;
  • Stronger partnerships and new patrol vessels to secure our nation’s borders; 
  • Major new investments across our Family Islands, including new airports, and road paving in Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Abaco, Long Island; Great Harbour Cay, and Crooked Island;
  • The development of our nation’s blue carbon credits strategy; and
  • A major investment in agriculture and national food security.

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