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10 things I learned the past 1.5 years

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Empowering beliefs do make a difference.

1.5 years ago, I quit my job and decided it was time to do something different with my life. I left my employer, thought about what I was really missing to be happy at work, and made a complete career shift. Impossible was not an option...


From hard business and management consulting to ‘soft’ HR and coaching…my slogan became: a human touch in a fast moving world.

What did I learn in the past 1.5 years that will help me in the future?

I’ve written down some of my beliefs, in a way that when you say them out loud, it will feel like you are saying them. Thus hoping they will also become yours and help you to create the path ahead.

  1. True friends are there for the good times and also support you during the difficult ones. True friends don’t only contact you during the difficult times but also hang out with you during the good ones, to have fun…

  2. To slow down is to speed up. Standing still on what is happening at work, clearing my brain makes sure I make room for new experiences since an empty mind is full of opportunities. So taking time off, walking in nature, having moments of reflection are necessary to be able to steadily move forward.

  3. I gain more by being positive, following a learner path and asking objective questions like ‘what are the facts?’, ‘which assumptions am I making?’, ‘what am I responsible for?’, ‘what’s the best to do now?’ instead of being a judger focused on blame. (Marilee Adams)

  4. I don’t take things personally. What other people say about me is their reality, not mine.

  5. What I think of myself is much more important than what people think of me. I don’t need to be accepted by others. I need to accept myself for who I am (Thich Nhat Hanh). I also (try to) forget what people tell me or try to make me believe. I am priceless, beautiful, smart, …

  6. I am grateful! For the nice things in life … and also for the misfortunes as they reinforce me and contribute to my success and who I am today.

  7. Life is what happens now! Although I cannot start over, I can begin now, and make a new ending (Zig Ziglar). In my hurry to get somewhere I often forget to see and enjoy the beauty of what is here and now.

  8. I remain true to myself, for it is from authenticity that I draw my strength (Daniel Herrero). When I say ‘yes’ to others, I make sure I don’t say ‘no’ to myself (Paulo Coehlo).

  9. I don’t wait for everything to be perfect before taking the next step… good is good enough!

  10. Emotions are ok; they are an expression of our values being met, or on the contrary: not complying. They are giving me signals based on my morals and values. Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you've got a big heart and aren't afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength. (Brigitte Nicole)


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