When I was a (freelance) copywriter I was working with my creativity every day. Coming up with new ideas and put them into words was business as usual. But still, I had the idea that I was not capable of delivering. Strange enough the creative flow always turned up. My problem was: lack of self-worth and trust.
Maybe it was the pressure of having to deliver new ideas all the time. Or the fact that others decided if my work was good enough. But the biggest threat was my own perfectionism. I started undervaluing my work. As a result clients start noticing that: I didn’t get paid what I’m worth. In the end I was so frustrated that I got burned-out. I was forced to stop doing what I did.
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After a breakdown, I discovered my why was key to a life with purpose. The same month the work of Simon Sinek gave me the tools to find it. But it was not before I came across a 3-Day Digital Business Course that I set the next step. Today I’m a life coach and digital business owner.
What’s your why? Maybe the single most important question in your quest to happiness. But also when you want to start a successful business. Someone who made this idea his life mission was Simon Sinek. “Everything I do is devoted to one idea: to inspire people to do what inspires them, so that we can together change the world for the better.” Starting with why is so much more compelling than starting with what. Compare ‘we sell beautiful phones’ with ‘we inspire human interaction’. Why speaks to your emotions, while what speaks to your brain. Great companies as Apple and Nike all start with why.
What about great leaders, they don’t give you a list of what they want to achieve. Martin Luther King said “I have a dream that one day…”. Simon Sinek says: : “People don’t buy your product, they buy what you do.” He says too: “Discovering your why is like panning in the river of the past for gold.” It takes time but you know that it’s there.
When I was a copywriter I had no idea about my why. I just wanted to earn money. But underneath I was unhappy and unfulfilled. One day I saw a short YouTube video with the idea of Simon Sinek. After that, I started looking for my why. I found out: I wanted To help people believe in themselves So That they can live a life worth living too.
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After being stuck in my 9-5 job. I needed a burn-out to wake me up. It was only then that I took the time to go and travel to Bali. I went to Africa to enjoy the beach and snorkel in the ocean. But most important: I started looking at what kind of job could give me fulfilment.
To live a long and happy life, that’s where the Japanese concept Ikigai stands for. It’s a treasure guide to find your life’s purpose. A job is what you do to pay the bills. Work, on the other hand, is there to achieve a purpose or a result. That could be a more meaningful you.
Where does Ikigai come from? It’s originated in Okinawa: the most over 100 year old live here. But besides Ikigai there’s another thing from Okinawa: Karate. It literally means: empty hands. Ikigai means: life’s worth.
Ikigai has 4 directions:
• Do what you love
• Do what you’re good at
• Do what the world needs
• Do what you can be rewarded for
I got my yellow belt in Ikigai in my fourth year in college. I did choose to be a copywriter. I read all about it. And took all the effort to get a job in advertising. But after some time doing it. A question in my mind kept repeating: why am I doing this?
Just this last year I have found what my Ikigai is. I want to help people find their purpose. How would I do that? By being a life coach and create value with a digital business.
Want to know what helped me in finding my Ikigai? How I started my digital business? Click the link to see the Free 3-Day Workshop Series that changed my life. It could be your first step to a business you love too. Start here>>
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Here are the 3 steps I know that are working for me to create a breakthrough: How you’re taking control of your story, story and state can fuel lasting change… Tony Robbins inspired me big time creating this blog post…
Is it luck that creates the quality of life that someone gets? That’s what I thought: biography is destiny. I knew for sure I couldn’t do anything to bring change into my life.
Tony Robbins says that not the ones who grew with everything. But the ones that are most hungry are able to change.
In fact the people that endured the most in their lives are the most successful. One brilliant example is Oprah Winfrey. Her mother was 13 when she was born: a child raised by a child. Her father was not there. She was sexually abused more than once. But still she became one of the most successful woman on the world.
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I always had the idea that I had to chase goals to get happy. When I get my University grade I’m happy. When I’m a senior copywriter I will feel accepted. When I meditate for an hour I will be at ease. But none of them is the case. I didn’t feel more successful than before.
After time, I understand that success is in fact an Inside Job. What helped me is asking myself a question. How have you been looking at outside circumstances to feel good and accepted? It has so much to do with wanting to control. And although those achievements will satisfy for a short time. It’s just for a moment and the next goal is waiting for you already.
But true power lies in ourselves. It’s only there where we can find it. We can get there with our daily practice or meditation. I talk about Inner Success but it not about staying inside. You can bring that mindset in the outer world. Ultimately you will see a reflection of this in your ventures and successes.
I hope you learn as much from this short video as I do…
Have a nice day. I’ll write you next Saturday!
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Two of the most important things for personal growth that I consider are meditation and reading. They both help me to be more conscious of things and be more in the moment. A brilliant byproduct of meditation is that it keeps you focused and makes you more productive. It’s not for nothing that most successful people say they meditate in one way or another.
Sometimes I lose track of the habit. The method I use is starting to do it again is doing it for 10 days in a row for ten minutes. After a while, it becomes natural. When meditation is not something you don’t do very often you can use an app as headspace or do a guided meditation.
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“Dreaming is the ability to see something that doesn’t exist yet.” ~ Mel Robbins
Did you know that writing down your dreams and goals helps to achieve them? According to a study of the Dominican University in California your 40 percent more likely to accomplish your dreams when you write them down. And according to a study done at Harvard people that write their goals and dreams down are ten times more likely to achieve them.
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“Maybe you can take life less seriously,” Eric said. Eric Dowsett is someone who can clear energy. He taps into the energy of my house or myself and can clear up what is not serving me anymore or has impacted me negatively. I can understand if this is not something you believe in but it helps me enormously: I feel lighter and my mood and energy improves big time. One of the most important lessons I learned is the use of language. Changing your language changes your mood and then changes your actions. For example, if you say: “I am depressed,” you identify with this feeling and you become this feeling. If you say: “This is the feeling of depressions,” it becomes a whole other story. At this moment you detach from it and you can start changing it. There is a good exercise to integrate this into your daily life. Say to yourself when you feel a certain feeling: this is the feeling of… Do this consistently and see what happens over time. I’m sure you will change for the good.
Feel lighter through clearing
Clearing is a way of being that allows information to exist, without judgment, without identification. A lot of people carry with them certain unconscious programs, without knowing that these programs are the reason that their energy is stuck in some way. If you start to get conscious about those patterns and programs you can start changing your situation. Clearing is a way of looking at things that changes our relationship to ourselves, others and the environment. If you start noticing shifts in feelings: stop empowering them, stop judging them. Then your body can start to change on a cellular level. For me, this is a way of seeing things that’s real. It helps me clear up the situation. And feel lighter. Although I need some help to do so. Are you curious about the work of Eric Dowsett? Take a look at his site, you won’t regret.
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Lately, I noticed that I was thinking negatively more often. It could be that it is because of my business running less smoothly or because I don’t get the results I had in mind. The fact is that I put out messages that are not resonating with who I Am. I want to be someone who sees the sunny sides of things. So I started looking on YouTube and came across a video from Tony Robbins about positive thinking. He tells that the experience of being on a 7-days mental diet changed his life forever. The four points that hit me the most:
1)Make from your positive thinking a habit: the moment you catch yourself thinking negatively about a situation, think about what this situation teaches you.
2)Be curious instead of judgmental: if you are curious about someone you can see him in a different light. Maybe someone has a difficult day when he’s not greeting you with enthusiasm.
3)Make giving compliments into a habit. It will help you to see the positive in people. And as a result also into yourself.
4) Be good but don’t be perfect. If you want to be perfect the chance of failing is immense. So set your standards a little bit lower. you will succeed more and it will create a positive feeling about yourself.
So what I will do. The following 7-days I go on a mental diet. I will do the best I can to create a positive mindset. The first step in that direction is that I want to be thankful that I found the FREE Video Series that got me on the path of self-development. Feel free to watch them too. You won’t regret it. To finish I want to give you an affirmation that helps me the most: every day in every way I’m getting better and better.
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