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VCV magazine 244

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ENERGY & BALANCE
What would you most like to do if you were not
hampered by time, money, obligations or other
limitations? Start your own company? Take a
trip around the world? Write a book? Devote
more time to fun things? And when do you
plan to make your big dream come true? When
you retire? Win the lottery? Have three months
to live?
Many people don't asoribe suftoient priority to
their dreams. There’s always something else to
do, take account of or it’s just not the right time.
Or you’ve already tried, and it didn’t work out…
Chasing your dream is not easy. You almost
always encounter obstacles and matters turn
out differently to how you thought they would.
Yet my own experience has taught me that the
feeling of doing something you always wanted
to do, and the energy you get as a result, are
priceless. Literally!
A few years ago, Hilda Kornman (19890087)
and Bas de Lijster (19860130) gave up their
jobs and they and their young children sailed to
and around the Caribbean. When they got back to
the Netherlands they started their own company.
'3inoe our trip, we have more self-oontdenoe in
chasing our large and small dreams. Compared
to the sailing trip, starting our own company was
relatively manageable. There was no question of
a life threat (storm, shipwreck, etc.), but rather a
tnanoial risk. Now, we know that we are perfeotly
capable of living off a small budget (temporarily).
More importantly, we had and have the strong
conviction that this plan could work.’
During the interviews for my new book I
discovered that the eyes of those talking about
their major dreams or passion light up. Take a
look around you or, better yet, stand in front of
the mirror and tell yourself what you are doing.
If you don’t see the lights in your eyes, keep
talking about your hobbies, your family, a holiday
or other topics you love. Keep going until you
reach a subject that makes your eyes shine.
That is what energizes you and what you should
be concentrating on!
The video on www.wherethehellismatt.com is
guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And itchy
tngers to, like Matt, ohase your dreams. More
than 30 million(!) people have watched Matt do
his strange little dance in the strangest of places
around the world. He even found a sponsor to do
the tour again! Every time I see it, I am jealous
that I didn’t come up with this crazy idea myself…
Don’t be inhibited by drawbacks. Of course
there are always reasons not to do it (yet) and
you will sometimes have to adapt your plans.
1he art is to tnd the right balanoe between the
things you have to do and the things you want to
do. The ones that give you energy (chasing your
dreams!) and obligations (these often drain away
energy). Perhaps you want to go and live in Spain
at some stage? So why not go and do a Spanish
course, grab hold of a Spanish real estate agent
while you’re on holiday and try a house swap for
a while. This will bring your dream for ‘later’ far
closer and it gives you the chance to enjoy it a
little now.
Adriaan Rijkens (S10473) wants to get out
into space. Impossible? He is doing all he can
to achieve his objective step by step. He’s even
doing the MSc program at Nyenrode!
A clairaudient speech therapist, a dream job
guru, a surrogate mother, the ultimate networker,
someone who survived cancer and has to
combine his new lust for life and traveling with
his personal and business responsibilities: all
the people I interviewed for my new book gave
the same tips. Cliché, simple, but important:
‘If you want something, you just have to get out
there and do it! 1ake the trst step and the next
follows automatically. Don’t be afraid of failing.
Visualize your success.’
And I? I wanted to write a book about chasing
your dreams. My deadline was 1 July.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get round to much during
the three-month trip sailing the Caribbean (also
a dream). There wasn’t much room to write
during the trst month baok in the Netherlands
either. When I returned to Curaçao, I had exactly
ten days to write the book! Although I had the
story in my head, getting it onto paper was quite
a challenge. But I managed and I am quite
proud of the result that has been in the shops
since 14 October.
What would you like to do that appears
impossible?
My most important tip is: take a step today
towards your dream. You’ll see that it gives you
huge inspiration and energy. You’ll also prevent
that horrid thought later on of ‘if only I had…’
The memories you want to have later have
to be made now.
What is your dream?
‘If you want something,
you just have to get out
there and do it! Take the
first step and the next
follows automatically.
Don’t be afraid of failing.
Visualize your success.’
ESTHER JACOBS (19890074) GIVES
MOTIVATIONAL SPEECHES AND
WORKSHOPS ABOUT THINKING
DIFFERENTLY. HER MOTTO IS: ‘IF YOU DO
WHAT YOU ALWAYS DID, YOU WILL GET
WHAT YOU ALWAYS GOT’, AND THEREBY
STIMULATES CREATIVE THINKING. HER
FIRST BOOK ‘WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE?’ IS
ABOUT THE EXCUSES PEOPLE HAVE TO NOT
CHASE THEIR DREAM. HER LATEST BOOK
‘WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?’ GIVES EXAMPLES
OF PEOPLE WHO DO CHASE THEIR DREAMS.
ESTHER LIVES A DREAM LIFE HERSELF:
SHE ONLY WORKS A FEW MONTHS EACH
YEAR AND DIVIDES HER TIME BETWEEN
CURAÇAO AND AMSTERDAM.
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