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Cartoon about women in the 21st century

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School means things done in leisure time

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Personal branding

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The more…

The more you give, the more you receive

Who changes the world?

“The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

Involve and understand

Tell me, and I will forget; Show me, and I may remember; involve me and I will understand…

Sell time for money

If you work, you sell your time for money. Treat yourself like it and your boss too.

A team always outperforms an individual

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Thank you all

For showing me your support through this weblog and through the many emails I have received. I have had an email overload over the last two months. I have read all emails, but haven’t had the chance to email you all. Please email me again, if you want to have an answer on your email […]

Silence here

It has been silent here for some time. Now, my mood and energy levels are picking up again, I look forward to write about my new steps in life here again. I do miss Heleen a lot and I will ever do. But I can handle missing her and doing things at the same time […]

Heleen in honour

Rutger (my husband) and I have created a memorial point for Heleen on internet. For you to see and share pictures, stories and comments about Heleen. www.heleenvandergraaf.nl

Create a future you would like to be part of

I forgot the source, it was probably a book I read when I was in Romania with my sister. Trying to shape a new future for her and for myself. I wrote down these questions to help me focus on my new life. What do you want your life to look like in 1 year? […]

In memoriam to my sister Heleen

The last week I have received more than 200 messages, through email, comments on this weblog and on another closed forum (BlackStar). I want to share a few thoughts and sentences that touched my heart. Always Remember —————- Always remember to forget The things that made you sad But never forget to remember The things […]

She is not there anymore

This is really awkward to say for me. My sister is not there anymore, since tonight. I am sorry to state this so bluntly. But I feel I need this to get over it. I am hurt, I didn’t see this coming, and yet I did. A few of you know that I went to […]

English writing Dutch woman

People ask me several times. Why do I write in English? Isn’t it easier writing in Dutch? Yes, my english is pretty okay, nevertheless Dutch is my mother tongue and I still write better in Dutch. I do write in English, as it is a good habit to practice my English writing, and actually when […]

Learning Chinese in Romania?

Just before I left Holland to go to Romania, I started my Chinese Mandarin classes. I really had a hard time in class, couldn’t hear the difference between the different vowels and consonants. As I went to Romania, and couldn’t be in class, I hoped to study here, as I would be missing Chinese classes […]

Create your vision

I received this article in Alicia’s Forest her always inspiring e-zine. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Next to that I hope it inspires you to take charge of creating your future.

Imagineer Your Success
by Alicia M. Forest, MBA
Multiple Streams Queen & Coach(TM)

One of the strategies I teach to PULL your business forward, almost effortlessly, is to create a powerful vision for your business. My private clients have found this exercise to be both motivating and inspiring, and I’m certain you will too.

Once a year, I take a short retreat to work on revising my vision for my business (and my life). This is an annual break I take away from my business (but with my family, although some of my clients prefer to go it alone, which is perfectly fine) to really think about and decide what I want the next 1 to 3 years to look like. I write my vision and I create a whole bunch of goals for my business. I also use this time to talk with my husband about my vision and goals. He is a great sounding board for all the ideas I come up with… and we usually have this conversation while hanging out on the beach… 🙂

Being near the water definitely has some powerfully positive effects on my brain, and I always come away from this retreat with a renewed sense of energy and passion for my work. (This was my view at this year’s retreat in Aruba – breathtaking, isn’t it?)

Creating a powerful vision is your first step on your path to imagineering your own success. Knowing where you are going will make the journey that much easier and faster, as well as simply more enjoyable.

Here are two steps to get you started…

Step 1: Book your retreat
Book a 2-3 day retreat so that you can work intensively on your detailed 1 to 3 year vision. Get a very clear picture of where you intend to be 3 years from now. Book the time to do this. Make the commitment now.

I have booked the following dates for my vision retreat:________________.

Step 2: While on your retreat, answer the following questions:
What do you want your life to look like in 1 year? In 3 years?
What is your inspiring and compelling vision for the future?
For your business? For your personal life?

The truth is that you can design the perfect life and you can design the perfect business. How does it sound to you to be earning 6-figures a year, working less than part-time?