How do you maximize your potential?

Today is a special day because the Alpe d’Huzes event is taking place! Tomorrow marks three years since I participated for the third time in a row. It’s a wonderful event where solidarity takes center stage, and a significant amount of money is raised for cancer research.


Reflecting on the challenges I’ve faced in my life, Alpe d’Huzes ranks high on the list of endeavors outside my comfort zone. I learned a great deal about personal leadership—how to manage oneself to extract the maximum potential. Each edition presented new hurdles to overcome, including the third time in 2016 when I learned, just before the big day, that a tendon in my knee was inflamed, and I might not be able to participate at all.

Get Yourself in a ‘Peak State’

After recovering from the shock of the news about my knee, I decided to create a plan to at least climb the mountain once. After all, I had raised money and wanted to contribute. One crucial element in that plan was managing your own state or mood, referred to as ‘State’ in English. This is vital for how you feel, your emotions, and ultimately your performance, applicable to various areas of your life.

In preparation, after doing everything I could to prepare my knee for the big day (rest and taping), I used techniques to get myself into a ‘peak state.’ This is based on Tony Robbins’ model, and I employed the following:

  • Physical: On the Alpe d’Huzes day, from the moment I woke up at 3:30 AM until I went to bed that night, I had a smile from ear to ear. I controlled my breathing and kept my head up, despite moments of exhaustion. Your physical posture significantly influences how you feel. Try sitting upright with a big smile on your face and simultaneously try to feel depressed. It doesn’t work!
  • Focus: Where focus goes, energy flows! I had my focus entirely on the result, pedaling up the mountain. I didn’t focus on what couldn’t be done or whether my knee hurt. It was a cold, rainy day, causing many cyclists to dismount. I only thought of one thing: upward! And upward I went. So, if you want something, focus on that and not on what you don’t want.
  • Language: I only spoke positive things to myself all day: you can do it, everything is great! How amazing all these people cheering me on! But also things like: I’m so grateful to be here, what a gift that I get to cycle up the mountain and help people with cancer!
  • Meaning: The meaning you give to events determines how you feel. I didn’t adopt a victim mentality because of my injury but saw it as an extra challenge. This made it feel less burdensome or negative. Additionally, I got a flat tire twice on the descent—not pleasant when you’re going 45 km/h on thin tires. Stressful thoughts briefly crossed my mind… why is this happening to me… will I make it? But immediately I thought: okay, this is an extra challenge coming my way, it will be fine! This way, I didn’t lose my peak state, and I climbed back on the bike with a smile.

The result of this strategy was that I felt like I had wings and could suddenly do much more than expected. I felt strong, as if nothing could get me off that bike. Where the expectation was initially that I might climb the mountain once, I ended up cycling up four times! Only then did my knee start to swell, and it was time to stop. But the four times were much more than I could have ever imagined beforehand.

Applying ‘State’ in Your Life

The beauty of this strategy is that it can be applied to all aspects of your life. You can get yourself into a good ‘state’ every day to achieve much better results. When you start applying this, you’ll notice increased energy, a greater focus on results, and a more positive outlook. Ultimately, it will make it much easier to achieve your goals and lead the life you want!

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The Power of Core Values

Core values can be a powerful tool in many aspects of your life, both professionally and personally. Here are a few examples:

  • Knowing your core values allows you to make better decisions in your life and choose a direction that brings you happiness.
  • As an entrepreneur, core values can provide clarity on what you want to convey and how you want customers to perceive your business.
  • In teams, understanding core values can improve collaboration by creating awareness of individual differences, fostering mutual understanding.

Perhaps as you read this, you’re thinking, “Core values, what are those, and how do I know what mine are?” Core values reflect what you truly find important, what drives you, and ultimately
influences your behavior. Examples of core values include freedom, love, and honesty. There are numerous core values.

How does this work in practice?

Let’s say honesty is one of your core values. But if many people around you don’t take the truth very seriously, this can create a clash for you and lead to misunderstandings. Additionally, you might not be living your own core value. For example, if adventure is a core value, but you always make safe choices and rarely engage in adventurous activities, you might feel a sense of something missing.

Furthermore, a core value means something different to one person than it does to another. You have your own standards for a core value. For instance, the core value of freedom might mean having the freedom to decide how you spend your free time for one person, while for another, it means not working for a boss and starting their own business. Ideally, you would define between 3 and 5 core values.

Making choices based on core values

Once you have insight into your core values, you can assess every decision against them. For example, if you chose to be your own boss because freedom is crucial to you, and you’re offered a job with little freedom, you might question whether that will make you happy. When applying for a job, checking the company’s core values on their website can help you assess if they align with your own core values.

Core values in organizations

For organizations, it’s also important to establish core values. They demonstrate what the company stands for and its driving forces. What does the company want to convey? Core values can be used in significant decisions: does this choice align with our core values? They are also crucial for marketing, as they answer the question: why should customers buy our product? For example, if sustainability is a core value, and you’ve integrated it into your business by offering sustainable products, you can promote this to attract people who also value sustainability.







 Core values in teams

Ultimately, within organizations, it’s crucial for well-functioning teams that core values are not too far apart or, at the very least, that there is openness to understanding differences. For example, if someone has respect as a core value, and for them, it means arriving on time for a meeting, it can clash with a colleague who is always late. Perhaps, for that colleague, flexibility is a core value, and they don’t understand why being late is a problem. Therefore, it’s essential to know what everyone values. This creates more understanding, and people are more considerate of each other.

Would you like to work on your core values or those of your team? Send an email to, and I will send you a worksheet with a list of examples of core values and a step-by-step plan.


Discover Your Hidden Strengths!

A seminar with 12,000 people where everyone is buzzing with energy – that’s what you get when you attend an event by Tony Robbins! He is one of the most well-known speakers globally and a coach to famous individuals such as Bill Clinton, Andre Agassi, Princess Diana, and Serena Williams. Last week, he was in London for the “Unleash the Power Within” program. It was already my third Tony Robbins event, but it remains impressive! 50 hours of seminar in 4 days, and returning home with more energy than you started with. You might wonder, how is that possible?

For me, a dilemma arose a few weeks ago. In the past 7 months, I’ve had 2 surgeries under general anesthesia, so my own energy level wasn’t optimal. Not really the ideal condition for such an event. Thus, 2 weeks before the event, I decided to temporarily quit coffee, alcohol, and refined sugars. This had the desired effect; I felt my energy immediately increasing!

Peak state

In addition to working on my own energy level, the seminar ensures that you don’t fall asleep. The substantive information and exercises are interspersed with a lot of dancing and jumping. You might think it’s nonsense, but the opposite is true. It makes you feel fitter and more energetic, putting you in a different “state” as Tony calls it. Learning is also much more effective when you’re in the right “state” (peak state). And you don’t have to keep jumping all the time; your body posture (standing upright with shoulders back) and a smile on your face already make a significant difference. The long days, from standing in line for a good spot at 7 am to the evening around 11 pm, were easy to endure!

Walking barefoot over burning coals!

During the first day of the seminar, the firewalk takes place: walking barefoot over burning coals. This was my second time, so I found it less nerve-wracking than last year, but I did have the thought, ‘am I too relaxed?’. You might wonder, how can you walk over coals of up to 260 degrees with bare feet? A whole process takes place to get you in the right state so that you’re ultimately convinced you can do it, and then you can. During this preparation, I accidentally got a hit in my face from an ecstatic dancing participant, so I had to go to the first aid. It turned out to be not too bad, but I wondered if I could still do the firewalk. After all, I had missed a significant part of the preparation. A coach then said to me: ‘this is just like in real life, sometimes you’re fully prepared and go for it, but there is an unexpected setback.’ Are you going to be discouraged, or can you turn it around to keep going for it?

Ultimately, you spend 4 days focusing on what you want in your life and how to achieve it. What is holding you back from having the life you desire? If you believe you can do something, then you can! After all, you can also walk barefoot over burning coals. So, what limiting thoughts are preventing you from succeeding? For example, thinking that you can’t do it or that you weren’t born for it, and there are many more such thoughts. If you can turn these into positive thoughts, you’ll achieve much more.

Here are 3 tips I’d like to share with you:

  • Ensure that you maintain good energy because it allows you to achieve more, and things become easier.
  • Focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want. Where focus goes, energy flows!
  • Use positive language. For example, if you often use words like difficult, heavy, or complicated, you’ll feel very different than if you use positive words like challenge and learning opportunity

These insights are also incorporated into the offerings of Carpe Vita. If you want to know more, feel free to get in touch.