Which direction am I going? Every summer while being in The Netherlands during my contract break, I plan a day on the waters to sail with my brother in law Schelte. If it was only me on this sailboat I probably would not even be able to make it out of the harbour. But luckily Schelte knows everything that is needed to sail the right track. He gained a lot of experience by leading sail camps during his younger years.
What do you need to sail the right direction?
I can tell you, it’s a fantastic adventure where you need to keep an eye on many different things. Plan the right route is one of those, but following the route properly is a different one. You will need to setup the sails, know how to moor and pay attention to forthcoming traffic. The rules on the water are also not unimportant – and then the weather. Sometimes there’s good wind and something there is no. Sometimes the sun is all over and other times there is rain, thunder and lightening. I very much enjoy these moments and in addition they make me think about the direction I go in my own life.
What would your life look like if money didn’t exist?
Interesting question isn’t it? Wendy and I did some thinking about this during our holiday. The great outcome was that our life would actually not be that much different. Okay, ideally we would like to be a bit more often in the Netherlands and at the same time travel a bit more to other places to be able to setup different projects as we both really like to build. But other than that.. wow, we’re on the right track.
Which direction are you going?
How’s that with you? Do you sometimes think about what your life will look like in let’s say ten years time? And what about now? What are your real desires? Absolutely worth to think about these kind of things. If you don’t and don’t set any goals for yourself, you might not take the best out of life. You will notice that many people, and possible this includes you as well, quickly give up on this because your dreams and desires don’t seem possible. Are your ambitions too high? Or do you see risks, difficulties and especially a lot of problems that will result in letting go of your dreams too soon? Aren’t it the challenges and the solutions to overcome those that make us stronger and give the extra added value in life?
Previously as an entrepreneur, I spoke with many other business people. What really caught me is that many of them have fear due to the risks they see, resulting in giving up instead of treating these risks as part of the game. Of course I could write a book about all the risks along my path as entrepreneur – but I didn’t do that. I looked at the possibilities and tried to continue to focus even when things got tough and uncomfortable. Growth doesn’t go automatically, but if I don’t set clear goals, I might end up wasting a lot of time on things that aren’t actually important.
Who or what motivates you?
For us this is an easy answer: Our God. From the moment we told Him: “Lord, here we are” our life totally changed. I don’t regret a second of what happened in the years that followed. All pieces of the puzzle fit. Isn’t that great? You might have different triggers that drive you through life. Your choices might be related to what you’ve seen and heard. Or they are based on what other people have been doing or certain experiences you gained throughout life.
Set goals, analyse and commit!
Anyhow – I would love to challenge you to think about this and to possible combine it with a SWOT analysis of yourself. Every month I plan half a day to review myself. What I am doing and why am I doing it. What goes well and what do I need to change to become a better version of myself. Wendy
is doing this nearly on a weekly basis since she has been coached by Discipline Sports.. I set goals and link them to myself, to Wendy, to God and the work I am doing. Really refreshing!
Nepal – the country of opportunities
Many Nepalese might not agree with the above mentioned title and see the opposite: A country with limitations, especially related to the slowing economical growth. Knowing that Nepal is completely land-locked between two dominating giants (India & China) and there is no sea or big rivers for easy transport. Banks charge you with 20% of interest if you’re asking for a loan to invest in business, etc. But what if you think the other way around. A country that is slowly developing but will continue to develop with a huge amount of opportunities as there is so much to improve, invent and to develop. What do people want? Do they think about the direction they want to go? And then what…? Only a small group of people dream about what they really want in life and try to pursue that.. and maybe.. maybe it’s not so different from Europe.
I strongly believe in possibilities and to overcome problems through a different way of thinking. The people in Nepal have gained a place in my heart and therefore – apart from the work we’re currently doing – I will work together with Mark Flemming – succesful Straight Line Leadership coach. We will research the possibility to setup different seminars and webinars. We will challenge a small but dedicated group of people and support them to not only think about dreams, goals and destinations in life, but also support them to achieve this.
Limitations? Or opportunities?
How this will look like and if people will say yes, I cannot tell and this might immediately limit me to not even start doing this. But we believe this will work. We believe we’re going to reach people and help them to not only think about their direction in life, but also help them to go for it. Remove the challenges and problems and exchange them for opportunities and solutions. The start of something new challenges me and allows the creative part of the brain. It makes me enthusiastic to develop this concept.. A nice off-site project. Keep you posted!