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The pursuit of unhappiness

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010


The story of the man who claps his hands every ten seconds.

When asked the reason for this strange behavior, he replies, “To chase away the elephants.” “Elephants? But there aren’t any around!” Whereupon the man says, “Right. See, I told you so.”

This is just one of the stories in the wonderful book “The Situation is Hopeless but not Serious” by psychologist Paul Watzlawick.
The book is intended for the committed reader who wants to learn how to carefully pursue unhappiness. Through stories and exercises you will find the most useful and effective techniques to guarantee success.

Here are some key points I don’t want to keep from you

Never doubt the assumption, that there is only one solution.

Do more of the same. If it doesn’t work, just do the same more forcefully.

Avoid at all times any feared situation or problem.

Don’t be willing to risk any danger. Just apply common sense – for “what could be more reasonable?”

Treat hunches such as ‘people whispering behind your back’ as a fact.
Act on this fact.

Protect what keeps you from becoming aware of your habits.

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Do you know your why?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010


How come that some people, businesses or leaders are more successful than others in inspiring change? According to Simon Sinec inspiring people act from the why and not from the what. Those who know their purpose, act from it and live by it are more successful than people who don’t. Knowing what really matters to us keeps us motivated to take steps and work towards our goals. In an earlier post I emphasised that change starts with clarifying what is important to you to set goals and take actions that are aligned with your purpose. So, when have you last asked yourself the question:

Do you know your why?

What are you doing, right now?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010


Are you on the phone while reading my post? Following Twitter updates from the corner of your eyes, while also scanning incoming emails. They might be urgent and you can’t afford losing clients, right? At the same time, something in the back of your mind is reminding you that you still need to work on your marketing plan. Before you know it, half a day as gone by.


What motivates you?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

What motivates you to perform at your best, innovate or to keep on going to the gym every week. I wonder if you reward yourself or if there is something more than that that supports you to achieve your goals?


Do your beliefs support you or hold you back?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Beliefs can either help us to achieve a goal or hold us back and keep us stuck in a loop. As a small business owner you might encounter those moments where you do lot’s of business ‘stuff’ but don’t seem to have time to work on growing your business. This article tells you what you can do so that you can change limiting beliefs and find useful solutions.


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