"I committed myself to one of my dreams"

Making choices in life isn’t easy, but necessary if we want to grow in life. I often get the question on how I make choices. How do I know what is the perfect decision to make. Well, as I said before several times, it’s that gut feeling you have. It’s just a thought that comes in on an unexpected moment. Having a walk in the park can free your thoughts and just hit you with an idea. Or maybe having a drink with a friend can bring you to ideas. Don’t just stick to ideas. Turn them into reality.  If at first you’re happy with the thoughts, just go for it. Never regret the choices you made, as they will bring you knowledge.  

After that setback I had on a professional level (remember my very first post “Unexpected twist”), I decided to finally follow a dream I had since my childhood. Writing had always been a passion of mine. I love to inspire people and share my stories so people can draw energy and strength to go through life changing decisions in a positive way. See and do something with the signs that hit our mind more often then we think. So I started writing. No doubts, I just did it. I created my logo, website is online, Facebook page, Instagram account and just started writing. Seeing the amount of followers grow encourages me in persisting, in keeping going. People can recognize themselves in certain stories and the reactions I get from readers, that I gave them new insights, make me happy.

A month ago I decided to follow a course. I was looking for a course that suited my thinking, my vision of life and growing in life. I had almost made my final decision when a dear old friend of mine asked me to go out and have diner. As we didn’t see each other in maybe five years, we had a lot to talk about. She had read all my stories I had posted and was curious in what I was planning on doing in the future. I started talking about the idea that I wanted to inspire people even more. Help them to get out of their comfort zone. Help them in how to grow confidence and feel happy again, instead of feeling stuck. She then started to talk about a program that I should look into, one that might be interesting for me …

So, the next day I did. I didn’t leave it to an idea, no, I took action. Everything I could find online I read, watched … It triggered me. The philosophy fitted in perfectly with mine. I filled in a form to have a call with one of the collaborators a few days later. The day afterwards I got a message late in the evening, asking if we could have the call right then. Although it was weekend and my husband was finally at home after working abroad all week, I agreed. As if you want something you shouldn’t find excuses to delay the process. Five minutes later I found myself in the call that would give me the necessary insights. I got to explain my frame of mind, my vision and mostly I got to get all the information I needed about the course. The following morning I registered. So I had made a decision, I got out of my comfort zone, committed myself to one of my dreams. I had made a new big step to turn one of my dreams into reality. I had planted a new seed. I was excited and felt relieved I had finally taken action. Seeing a friend again and having a long great talk had given me new opportunities, new ideas.

A few days before the subscription I was not feeling fine. It had already been a couple of weeks that occasionally I was having fever, a sore throat, felt tired. Everybody in the house got the flu, but I didn’t. It just didn’t break through and I just kept on doing the things I was used to do. My husband calls me his “Duracell rabbit” as I do not know where my ‘off’ switch is located. But one morning, three weeks ago, I got up, made a coffee when the feeling of just have ran a marathon hit me. I took a shower and I had to go back to bed, I was just that tired. I slept for two hours and got up again. The same routine. Make myself a cup of coffee and back to the shower. Again it had exhausted me. I didn’t recognize myself, I was distraught. I felt like crying …

I decided to call the doctor to set an appointment for a blood test. A week later the results came in: Glandular fever. My first setback in purchasing my dream. My body telling me to slow down.
I could just have thrown my dreams in the closet. Leave them there and feel sorry for myself. Have an excuse for not persevere. Instead I keep on going, listening to the signs my body gives me. Learn to dose and still follow my dream. Bring it to a successful conclusion. This is the first step into my new life. Finish the course, get my certificate and get to inspire people even more. The road will be long and bumpy, but that’s the road of life. One step at a time and never give up when it gets rough. And as my dear husband says: “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit”.

If you start to follow your dreams, the path won’t be smoothly. No, you have to believe in yourself and be persistent. There will be a lot of obstacles on your way, but when you conquer them you will be rewarded. It’s not because you decide to take a leap that life will be all rose scent and moonshine.
On certain occasions fear will take over. Your subconsciousness will try to take over. It will try to make you go back to your comfort zone. Ignore it. Have the discipline to keep on going. Giving up is no option. You will hit that wall on several occasions and it will be damn hard to reach your goal. Failure or setbacks are a necessary ingredient for success. Tuition fees need to be paid in order to finally be successful in purchasing your dreams. Those setbacks are there, so you would prove to yourself you can finish what you started, even though the road to success is and always will be hard. It will give you insights and a huge confidence in yourself.

© Vicky Drappier – Dare to leap

"Nu is de tijd gekomen dat ik kan zeggen IK BEN ..."

Tijdens de laatste sessie van de Master Leap classes moet iedereen iets naar voor brengen gezien ze op dat moment al heel wat aan zelfvertrouwen hebben teruggewonnen. Toch nog dat extra stapje zetten, het podium op en uit de comfort zone. Wat M. op dat moment voor ons bracht gaf me een krop in de keel …

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‘Je gewoontes houden je in de tang’

Je ‘gewoontes’ houden je in de tang. Hoe we denken, ons gedragen en reageren op onze omstandigheden is wat ons steeds op diezelfde plaats houdt. We ‘zijn’ onze gewoontes. We voelen ons eenzaam, dom, niet goed genoeg, we kunnen geen neen zeggen, we hebben een hekel aan onze job … Het houdt gewoonweg niet op!

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Ontsla die bitch en laat haar je leven niet leiden!

Hoe komt het dat wanneer je nieuwe doelen stelt voor het nieuwe jaar, je de neiging hebt om al na een paar weken op te geven? Stel je jezelf die vraag elk jaar opnieuw of begin je allerlei excuses te bedenken om ervoor te zorgen dat je je niet slecht voelt? Excuses om ervoor te zorgen dat je omgeving, je familie en je vrienden je niet uitlachen? Heb je schrik voor de mogelijke reacties? Wist je dat het je ego is die het van je overneemt?!

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“As long as you keep focus on your goal, you’re on the right track”

The universe provides us with new ideas, all day every day. It’s up to us to welcome and do something with them or just ignore and waste some great possibilities and chances in life.

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"You cannot sow and harvest in the same season"

When you have a dream, a new idea to proceed in life, you plant a seed in your mind. We all know very well that when you plant a seed, you need to water it, feed it in order for the seed to grow. You need to give it all your attention and love. Same goes for your ideas and dreams.

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"Don't run away from awkward situations, you never know what they can bring."

During our life we get confronted with situations beyond our control. Situations that we didn’t ask for. Things that happen to our loved ones and that effect our lives emotionally as well. The easiest way would be to run away and ignore those situations. But hey, that’s not how it works! This is the third time that I am confronted with a similar situation … First my grandad, than my grandma and now a dear friend … Alzheimer’s …

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"Follow your intuition, it will lead you to great new adventures!"

A few months ago I got to know quite a few nice people while attending a course. One by one, people who all want the same thing in life: understand how our mind works with the ultimate goal to help people in feeling happy again with their lives. Coaching and guiding people in achieving their goals in life, pursuing their dreams and see to it that step by step they make progress in a positive way. We help them deal with possible setbacks and negative experiences. Make them shift their minds from negative to positive.

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"Get fuelled by your own ideas!"

We all have dreams in life, we do, we really do. Perhaps you don’t know what your dream is, but start by opening up in finding those dreams. We’re a creation of nature. Created in perfection. We all have a purpose in life. Plants, trees, just everything you see in nature doesn’t have to think about growing. It has no fear, it just does. We people tend to overthink to much. It’s what holds us back on acting and growing.

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"What you think awakens your feelings and emotions"

We all know the feeling of being down. I certainly do. But as I hate that feeling, I’m always trying to get it out of my system within a few minutes or hours. Sometimes you can’t describe the feeling, you just can’t describe why you are feeling down. You just do.

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"Never give up on your dreams"

For over twenty years I had a dream. Something I really wanted to do in life. Something to see and to feel. I never gave up on that dream and on April 30th 2019 that one dream finally came true. The fact that it took me so long shows that sometimes you must put your dreams aside for the time being, but keep them awake. Hold on to them as I did.

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“Ready to open up?”

I shared quite some of my experiences of life with you. Last week I even shared a piece of my diary. I feel no shame, no. I decided a real long time ago, that hiding from the world is not the way how to live life. I also always embraced the outcome of the choices I’ve made.

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“Giving in can be redeeming, freeing yourself from the past”

I’ve made several decisions in life and when I start to think about It, I’m even more convinced that my life 'could’ have been totally different. Not moving forward, but staying in my comfort zone with no action at all. Just life as I would know it, day in day out.

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"Fine is the devil in you!"

ME: “How are you doing?” … YOU: “I’m fine” …

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'How' I do it!

In life, there are different routes from present to future. It takes energy and courage to take that leap and move forward. I know, it has taken me a while to do so to, but I just did, as I hate negative feelings and thoughts. As I said before, no way I would like to go into that deep dark abyss.

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"We're all special"

We have four kids at home. Three boys and a girl. It can be quite busy sometimes, as we have two dogs as well. But hey, at least I can say that there’s always movement in our house. With all those different characters its even more exiting.

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“A challenge that made me choose a different path”

Very often in life, you find yourself at a crossroad. Up to you to make the perfect decision at that time. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can show you a path that you never would have thought about before. Most of the times - but not always - you may have the choice to stay in the same situation as you know it, but life won’t get better that way. It’s a status quo. Nothing to gain. No progresses to make.

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"Courage is all we need"

Live life on your own terms is something that has kept me going all my life. You could call it stubbornness or even quirkiness but that’s how I went through life so far. And I don’t intend to do differently.

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"You are worth it"

Don’t ever see yourself as a looser, as you are not. As I said before, we’re all winners! It’s hard to believe that, at certain moments in life, but believe me when I say that we can all realize our dreams. You just need to take the leap and have confidence.

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"That first big leap"

We all are impatient. We know the path that we want to follow, but we don’t see the mountain we have to climb to reach our destination. We are impatient and tend to give up, very often too soon.

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"Life is like a game of Jenga"

Four different stories I gave you. Four different possible 'setbacks’: Letting go of your kids, Losing your entire ‘fortune’, The death of a loved one and finding Love. I know, it’s just the top of the iceberg. No worries.

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"Love is out there"

Never regret the choices you have made, it's too late anyway! Deal with the consequences and you will have learned a lesson. In future you will think about possible effects before making an important choice. Just trust yourself, follow your gut feeling instead of waiting, doubting and let time pass you by.

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"Goodbyes"

October 18th 2000. I was only 26. A day that I’ll never, ever(!) forget. What for most of the population started off as an ordinary day, was to me a day when ground just sunk from under my feet.

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“How bankruptcy changed my life”

One of the toughest moments in my life, was the day when I was forced go to court and file for bankruptcy. The feeling of defeat was indescribable. I completely lost my self-confidence. I was lost.

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"Unexpected twist"

What seemed as a negative experience turned out to be a gift from heaven. A few days before Christmas, I received negative news on a professional level. At least, that was what I had made of it at first. What would feel like a defeat for most of the population, I see as a blessing. It only took me three hours before awareness hit me.

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