good morning

So simple, yet so true. Well, I don’t know if it’s exactly 80%, but the point is: showing up is an essential, unmissable part of the road to success. I mean, no matter how talented you are, how well prepared you come, even when you’re like no one else made for the job… if you choose to stay in bed, if you choose to not show up, you will certainly fail. So yes, let’s say 80% of success is showing up. Now, keep this in mind the next time you are about to embark on some mission, not quite sure of how to get the job done – just by showing up, you’re already at 80% of the success you’re after! So, hello, good morning and go out there!

September 9, 2011 by: | Category: Daily Inspiration | Tags:
Einstein knows

“If you do what you always do, you get what you always get”. I love this Einstein quote. He challenges us to try new things, to be curious and stay flexible. Imagine someone playing chess, with the exact same strategy every game, making the exact same moves. What do you think would happen? He will be beaten the exact same way every time. So – especially when you’re not succeeding in what you want to achieve – changing your approach is the key. Because if you change, everything changes.

September 9, 2011 by: | Category: Daily Inspiration |
Bring peace yourself

Falling in love is great. Just like getting the new iPhone 5. Winning the lottery is grant. Just like a bright sunny day. Coming home to your children after a long day at work is magic. Just like your favorite sports team winning the national title. But only you can bring peace to yourself.

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Solutions will be found

When you are in the dark, it seems impossible to get into the light. When you’re down and out, it seems impossible to be up and about. But impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet. There’s a solution for everything. Impossible? Boxing legend Muhammad Ali once spoke some amazing words about what impossible is. He said: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

September 9, 2011 by: | Category: Daily Inspiration |
You can start a brand new day2

In most cultures you need a brand new day in order to start over with a clean sheet. That’s understandable I guess. But it’s actually not very handy. I mean at one point in human history, it was decided that a brand new day only begins when the sun comes up. Later it was decided that ‘technically’ a brand new day begins 0.00 AM. That means, in order to start over, we’ll have to wait A) for the sun to come up or B) stay awake until it’s 0.00 AM. We lose a great deal of time here! So I decided to make my own rule. Instead of being dependent on nature or the clock, I’d like to think a brand new day begins every second of the day. I mean every second a new 24hr cycle, a brand new day, begins. So now I can start a brand new day any time of the day. And so can you.

September 8, 2011 by: | Category: Daily Inspiration |
having a dream is free2

Maybe you know this quote: “Aim for the moon and even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”. It basically encourages us to dream big and aim high in setting our goals. Why should we do that? Well, when you aim high (even if you end up having something that isn’t what you originally set out for) you will learn and grow more, because you didn’t settle for a goal that was easy to achieve. Also a big dream will inspire you and the people around you more. Imagine Matin Luther King whispering: “I have a small, modest, very achievable dream…” Do you think his speech would have had the same impact? No, probably not. So dream big. It’s free!

September 8, 2011 by: | Category: Daily Inspiration | Tags: ,
BEING NICE to people

Sure, being nice is a good thing and it sounds so simple. But in many cases it’s, so why is being nice still a good idea? I stumbled upon a list of ten reasons. I’ll give you five to start with.

1) Being nice leads people to like you.
2) Kindness promotes confidence and  optimism.
3) Being nice makes you feel good about yourself.
4) People will reciprocate in your time of need.
5) Doing good deeds adds meaning and significance to your life.

For the full list of ten reasons, click here.

September 7, 2011 by: | Category: Daily Inspiration |
    • Daring to be vulnerable gives you power to be

      People are vulnerable as individuals and as a species. And fighting vulnerability is useless. No matter how hard you try. Simply because you can’t control everything and so your life can turn upside down at any moment of any day. You may be the King of the World, the Smartest Woman in the Universe or the Sexiest Man Alive; it won’t help. You can however hide from it. And most of us do. Behind a fancy job title, nice car or house. Interesting friends, a busy agenda, designer clothes or healthy hipster life style, but sooner or later vulnerability will find you. So what can you do? Well, it’s simple.

      Simply face it and embrace it. Because when you embrace it, you no longer need to fight it. You no longer need to run or hide from it, by keeping up appearances and putting energy in this hopeless attempt to avoid the discomfort of feeling it. You can now be as you are, vulnerable, instead of pretending not to be. The way I see it: vulnerability is indestructible. So by letting it in and become a part of you, in a way that makes you indestructible. Daring to be vulnerable gives you power to be.

      Vulnerability becomes a Strength

      Are you alive?

      From time to time it’s good to ask yourself: “Am I alive?” Because it’s not uncommon to just be busy doing what you’re always doing. To be caught up in a routine. And that routine may very well result in hours, days, weeks, months or even years of living, without actually being alive. Because there’s more to living, than just breathing. Imagine someone in a coma and it becomes clear… I recently attended a re-birthing workshop and I experienced the difference between A) normal breathing: a mostly shallow, kind of mechanic and unconscious way of getting the bare minimum of oxygen ‘shots’ and B) breathing with full awareness, in a rich flow, organic and fully open to receive life’s energy in all it’s splendor. It let me experience the meaning of the phrase: “Just because you breathe, doesn’t mean you’re alive”. And so I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to wonder: am I  really alive or mostly just busy breathing?

      Just because you breathe

      Who am I… or rather, what am I?

      I guess you’re familiar with this sensation: one moment you feel great, and the next… well not so great. I sometimes feel like I’m nothing and sometimes I feel as though I’m everything. It’s a really fine line, much like it is with being crazy or brilliant. John Lennon had a nice way of putting it. He said: “Part of me suspects I’m a loser. The other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty”. I wrote a post about that one too. Anyway. A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon the “I, a universe of atoms…” quote by the American physicist Richard P. Feynman (1918 – 1988). And it’s stuck in my head ever since. Because to me his words are both mind blowing and heart warming. The thought of “I” being a tiny, stand alone atom – and an infinite, whole universe at the same time, blows my ego off it’s socks. Because “I” isn’t (only) the ‘earthly me’. “I” is a single atom and an entire universe, completing one another. Think about that when you’re looking at yourself in the mirror. So yes, it’s a quote I gratefully meditate on. It’s so simple and yet so deeply profound. It makes me feel humble and larger than life at the same time – it’s liberating. Look at us humans. Look at you, look at me. We are both nothing and everything. Again. That’s just… wow.

      I, a universe of atoms

      focusNjoy #122: Stop searching, start finding

      Imagine you’re looking for something, but you can’t find it. Annoying. Yes. Very. But then, maybe you’re not supposed to find it. Or maybe you’re just looking in the wrong place. Or maybe… you already found it, but you don’t realize it yet. Whatever the reason is, you might want to stop searching. Why? Well think about it: as long as you’re busy searching – you’re not… finding!

      Stop searching, Start finding

      A fresh start for focusNjoy

      Dear friends, it’s been more than a year since my last post! Honestly, I needed the break but a lot of good things have happened to me in the meantime. Apart from a great time at Eyeworks Netherlands, where I worked as a Senior Creative with some great people at the Program Development Team, it were exciting times for me personally as well. Too much to tell you in one post. But I will share more in the coming months, because it’s been truly transformational.

      I’m planning on a brand new start of focusNjoy at the end of April. And this time, I intend to actually make some money haha – because running an ad-free blog is great, but from a financial point of view it wasn’t a success and one of the reasons for me to get back to television. Later in 2014 I intend to finally start with my workshops in Amsterdam. I’m super excited about that but let’s see how things develop. Anway – I’m back and I’m feeling fresh. Hoping to hear from you – always feel free to send me an email and say hi!

      Love, Stijn.

      focusNjoy back 2014
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