Category Archives: Personal Development

Mini Buddhist Boot Camp

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Yesterday I read an article in a Dutch mindstyle magazine with the title “Work-out for your soul” that made me think and that I want to share with you too. The article is based on an interview with Timber Hawkeye, author of the Buddhist Boot Camp book. I haven’t read his book yet but after having read the article and having listened to Hawkeye I might actually buy it. Everything he says is so simple yet so powerful. “Succes means being happy”. According to Hawkeye most of our suffering is self-inflected. We eat bad food and become sick, we want … Continue reading

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Hello World!


It has been again way too long since I wrote my last blog post so it feels a bit like a fresh start now. That’s why I decided to call this post “Hello World!” since it is the default post title in WordPress when you set up a new blog. For me it is a bit over 3 years ago that I started this blog and even though many things have happened since then it still feels as MY blog. Of course, it could use some cleaning up and refreshment but from the other hand side I like it the … Continue reading

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How to reach your goals with the help of a Mastermind Group?

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Are you the type of person who has great ideas but who finds it hard to put them into practice? Do you lose focus easily? Would you like to get out more of yourself and your plans? I do, but I also know how tough it can be to keep going, especially if you are on your own. I believe that we are capable of much more if we receive ideas, advice and support from others. And with others I don’t necessarily mean a group of friends or family but a group of likeminded people – your own Mastermind Group … Continue reading

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The natural energy formula

Did you know that according to research about 80% of our natural energy GOES to: Digestion (about 50%!!) Stress / tension Sex Sport/physical exercise? And that 80% of our natural energy COMES from:  Our mind-set (mental attitude) Breathing Nutrition (Food & Drinking) Sleeping / Relaxation? In other words: You can increase your energy level immensely if you pay attention to: what you eat (it takes your body on average 8 hours to digest a steak, 1,5 hours for vegetables and only 30 min for fruit), how much you sleep, and if you make sure you have a positive mind-set. I experienced this last … Continue reading

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What do you want? Do the “ideal day” test!

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I’ve come across many people lately who don’t know what they want or at least who think they don’t. And not knowing what we want can be very depressing since we have no clue which direction to go, which actions to take and which ones not to take. With no direction at all the chance is big that we will have the feeling that things just happen to us in life instead of that we “create” things or situations. I believe that we feel happier, more successful and more self-fulfilled if we have a direction, even if it is a … Continue reading

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6 Winning Tips on How to Close the Gap between Knowing and Doing

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Guestpost by Kath Roberts There is a wealth of difference between knowing and doing. It’s what separates performance and success from wishful thinking. This very gap is keeping many an industry afloat from the latest self help and management books we buy through to the Consultancy industry that gets paid to frequently tell companies what they actually already know. Half the time, lack of knowledge is not the problem, too much knowledge is. That’s because we fall into the trap of acquiring more analysis and even more information to absorb before taking the necessary action. We’re always busy getting started … Continue reading

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Why a mind map is such a powerful tool


Quite a long time since my last blogpost. Apologies for keeping you waiting Today I finally took some time to think about all the things I want to reach in life. I am so busy with everything that I can lose myself in details or forget the big picture. Therefore I sat down to analyze the current situation, to think about my goals and what I would like to achieve in life. I made a nice mind map to organize my thoughts and to put everything on paper. And finally I hang it up in my bedroom so that I … Continue reading

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Are we too busy to notice beauty in life?


What would you expect if one of the world’s best violin players, Joshua Bell, played, on the same Stradivarius he played at his sold out concert a few days before, the same classical pieces, in the hall of a public metro station on a random Friday morning during rush our? Crowds? Ovations? Journalists? Delight? That’s also what The Washington Post team, who set up this experiment, thought would happen. What simply had to happen, even though the artist wore casual clothes and had no sign saying, “I’m Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world” next to him. … Continue reading

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Why setting small goals makes you quit more easily and why having more money is not a sin?

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I could never understand people who wanted to win the lottery or earn a lot of money. Why ask for more if you already have a so much? And now here I am, launching my own Financial Freedom Challenge and setting myself the goal to earn 10,000 euro a months by and as from 15 April 2012. Do I need 10,000 euro a month? The answer is no, by far not. I have a very good life already and my costs of living are only a portion of that. But why then ask for so much? This has to do … Continue reading

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Two steps closer to publishing a book


Yesterday I participated in my first writing workshop. The workshop only took 2.5 hours but it was long enough to give me useful insights what it takes to write a book: a concept, structure, a character, a backstory etc. And that’s definitely one of my goals: to publish my own book. And with the help of the Espresso Book Machine, this dream comes very close. At the end of the workshop we walked over to the American Book Center in Amsterdam where on the second floor of the store you can find the Espresso Book Machine, the best friend of … Continue reading

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