Are you ready for the future? [Part 03 of 03]

(This is article #03 from our short series, looking at what it takes to become and stay successful in a continually changing future. Read #1 and #2 if you really want to be ready for the future.)

Attitude, mind set, knowledge, and skills

Naturally, the question that follows is: How do I change my attitude and mind set? And how can I most effectively take in new knowledge and skills?

Simply said: Start developing yourself. Thanks to the printing press and the Internet, that’s become easier than ever. Search Google for ‘the difference between features, advantages, and benefits’, ‘effective communication’ or ‘time management tips’, and you’ll see pages and pages of knowledge. Additionally, you can find plenty of training, workshops, and courses.

There is plenty of supply via the Internet alone.

Obviously, libraries are full of books containing all the knowledge and theory than Mankind has to offer. Read that, and you’ll be further along. In fact, when you get to the section with management books, personal development, or professional development, you’ll find enough regarding necessary skills that will allow you to take the next steps in your own growth and success.

By reading books, you can become ready for the future!

Click here for a number of impressive books that can aid you in your personal development.

Obviously, you’ll reach out to Vision Forward, if you have a mind set on expanding your skill set. 😉

Naturally, it makes perfect sense to start applying the theoretical knowledge and skills in your daily practice. Otherwise, it will remain theoretical, and the absorbed knowledge or attained skill will not become practical.

Now for the million dollar question: If it’s really that easy, why does nobody do it?

The answer: Welcome to the irrationality of Mankind.

Is your brain ready for the future?

I will keep it short and sweet, since I’ve written about this topic extensively (click here, here, and here): The human brain automates pretty much everything (>95%) of human behavior, and uses its energy to retain the status quo. That status quo equals ‘safety’. Despite changing circumstances, human beings find it remarkably complex to change with those circumstances. Because that would break through the current status quo.

Us humans are not as rational as we’d like to think. Most of our actions and behaviors are not based on objective facts, but on our thoughts and interpretations regarding those facts. We call those our non-conscious beliefs.

Your non-conscious beliefs determine what you do, and how you do that. Well, you wouldn’t do anything if you don’t believe it has value, right?

Now that you know this, it will make things both easier and more difficult.

More difficult, because people tend to believe and cling to their own sense of being right. There’s your non-conscious beliefs for you. Because: You would not do anything, if you didn’t consider it to be logical and rational, right? Despite any conflicting messages, because those are ignored without much regard.

On the other hand, it becomes easier. Now you know that human beings are irrational, you and me included, the step towards awareness around this has become obvious. You can start doubting your own non-conscious and irrational beliefs – be critical and ask yourself better questions, to reach better answers. Ideal situation, right?

The reason this is important, is because those (currently) non-conscious beliefs, nestled in your mind, are the short cut to becoming ready for the future!


It’s like this: When you internalize the conscious beliefs that you are of added value, that learning is amazing ánd easy, and that you have a head start because you can easily adapt to changing situations, it makes sense that those beliefs start to manifest.

Keep learning and developing if you want to be ready for the future!

If you repeat the above mentioned beliefs, over and over again, you’ll start to behave differently based on those beliefs. You’ll start to believe them. You will adopt new knowledge and skills quicker, which will allow you to become more flexible in your attitude and behavior, depending on the situation. Which is beneficial on every level.

Moreover, the only reason for people to change anything, is if they are strongly aware of the necessity of that change. Sustainable change of behavior only comes forth from the belief that it is necessary, useful, or desirable. Or else it won’t.

Which is why we often speak to CEOs, directors, and managers that really don’t know what to do about the lagging professional development of their organization. They offer all the knowledge and skills. Why don’t their colleagues just change? It’s simple!

Yeah, too bad.

But how then?

There is hope: You yourself are the most important instrument you have. Despite changes in environment or circumstances, now and in the future, as long as you are capable to look critically at your own beliefs, and can adapt when needed, you will be able to be flexible and be successful.

Are you ready for the future? Look at your beliefs, and you’ll know.

Not ready for the future? Take your time to work on it, so that you can become ready.

Vision Forward supports people and organizations in these developments. In fact, the irrationality of mankind is the foundation of everything we do in our training sessions and developmental projects. We know that this is an essential part of ‘getting free’ of non-conscious beliefs that limit you, and the transition to conscious and constructive beliefs that will get you ready for your success in the future.

Get in touch with us, and we’ll talk about the future of your organization and the people who work in it. Now and in the future.

Written by Stephan Annema

Subscribe to the YouTube channel of our CEO Martijn Schaap, when you want to know more about goal-setting, achieving success, and what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Are you ready for the future? [Part 01 of 03]

If one thing became clear in 2020, is that anything can change. Over night.

Who would have guessed that some weird virus in China, emerging in November of 2019, would have such an impact on the market, health care, and the liberties of citizens around the world? One of its consequences is that we are confronted, rather harshly, with the fact that anything can change. Additionally, if you are not flexible in changing with the circumstances, you will be left behind. So the question emerges: Are you ready for the future?

(This is article #01 in a short series that will look at what’s needed to become and stay successful in ever-changing times. Follow our LinkedIn page here for #02 en #03!)

The stories of entrepreneurs in the hotel and catering industry, who have had to alter their entire business plan last year from offline experience to online delivery are known.

Additionally, the stories about white collar companies who no longer flock to office buildings during working hours, but who work from home whilst operating their Zoom or Microsoft Teams calls are also very familiar by now.

Let’s not forget the healthcare workers, who have been working non-stop since the outbreak. They have been taking care of the sick and needy, and are doing an amazing job.

In short: The impact is clear to all, and the above-mentioned examples don’t come close in showing the full picture. Everybody has their Covid-stories, with family, friends, and with professional relationships.

However, one thing is very clear: Everybody has had to adapt to this new, and in the beginning unknown, situation.

It's time for change and adapting to be ready for the future.

It’s really too bad that a dangerous situation, such as Covid-19, was needed to cause this.

What else will change?

Technology continues to change. That much is clear. The emergence of new technology, more effective way of automating, and the evolution of artificial intelligence are going to disrupt entire industries. And that is just the tip of the ice berg. The exponential change, inserted by disruptive technology, will impact all aspects of human life.

Obviously, plenty has been written about that. Just Google search terms that have to do with the effects and consequences of new technologies, automation, or A.I., and it will become very obvious right away.

But let’s not forget that in the short- and mid term, there will be consequences for organizations and the people that work in those organizations. A lot of jobs will change, due to the new tech that we’ll be working with.

Accountants becoming obsolete is a rumor that has been going around for a while. Much of their jobs will be taken over by effective automation and AI. Where should these accountants go?

What about the factories? What jobs will remain exactly the same, if the machines can operate more and more autonomously? Even more so: If those machines can recognize mistakes earlier, and undertake the appropriate and automized acties to correct those mistakes?

Are the factories ready for the future?

Keep your sights on Elon Musk, too, who is ahead of the curve with his companies. Especially when it concerns self-driving cars and trucks. What will that mean for the logistical and transport industry, or the cab drivers who color New York yellow?

The prospect is that many jobs as we know them now, will change or disappear. Easy as that.

The times they are a-changin’

In fact, the entire Covid-19 situation, and the ever-changing circumstances, continually remind me of the famous Bob Dylan song The Times They Are A-Changin’Especially the first verse:

Come gather ’round, people / Wherever you roam / And admit that the waters / Around you have grown / And accept it that soon / You’ll be drenched to the bone / If your time to you is worth savin’ / And you better start swimmin’ / Or you’ll sink like a stone / For the times they are a-changin’

Simply said: The water is rising, and you’ll just have to accept that it will impact you. But: If you think it’s important to keep on keeping on, you better start swimming. Or you’ll sink. The water is coming – how will you handle it?

This song was released in 1964. The only constant is change..?

And now what?

How long it will take for those job to change, is unclear and dependent on many factors, such as technological progress and the needs of the markets. In these articles, I will not be answering that question.

What I can tell you, however, is that there will always be a very important role for businesses and professionals. The way you will or won’t be a part of that, depends on your mind set regarding these developments. And how ready for the future you are.

That is what this series of articles will be about.

Vision Forward supports people and organizations in these developments. In fact, the irrationality of mankind is the foundation of everything we do in our training sessions and developmental projects. We know that this is an essential part of ‘getting free’ of non-conscious beliefs that limit you, and the transition to conscious and constructive beliefs that will get you ready for your success in the future.

Get in touch with us, and we’ll talk about the future of your organization and the people who work in it. Now and in the future.

This was article #01. Follow our LinkedIn page to be informed when #02 and #03 are published!

Written by Stephan Annema

Subscribe to the YouTube channel of our CEO Martijn Schaap, when you want to know more about goal-setting, achieving success, and what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

New Year: New Goals?


The new year has started – it’s now 2021! If one thing became abundantly clear in 2020, is that the world keeps changing. How has the ever changing environment had an impact on the goals you’ve set for yourself? And what are your new goals for 2021?

Obviously, Corona wasn’t the only thing that affected your 2020. No doubt, other factors have played their parts in your success last year. The people you’ve worked with, or those you’ve decided no longer to work with, have been of influence. New clients, old clients, or new partners.

But how are you going to direct this year, knowing that anything can change at any given moment?

In November of 2019, the first reports came about a virus in China, called Covid-19. Who could have known what its global impact would be? Unfortunately, in March, the rest of the world knew that it would be affected.

So – How are you going to tackle that in 2021?

Do you have new goals for 2021?

Have you set your Goals, and will you do whatever it takes to realize those goals?

Or will you be a little flexible, regarding those goals? As in: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the starts? (It’s a cliché, we know..!)

We’d like to propose have a few kinds of goals. Three kinds, specifically.

#1: Long term Goal

How you do you envision the world in a couple of years? Say, 5 to 7 years? And how can you make a tangible impact on that?

The type of Goal we propose people set, in our trainings, is a real long term goal. A big, hairy, audacious Goal, where co-workers and colleagues will be inspired by because it motivates them to contribute to something larger than themselves.

However: Specify. Make it tangible. It should be able to be measured, which allows it to be realized. Do you have this kind of Goal yet? If not, start with some long term Goal setting.

A favorite example is Elon Musk: We’re going to Mars.

Goal of SpaceX is going to Mars!

#2: Short term Goals (a.k.a. Objectives)

Of course, after setting the long term Goals, we still have to do things on a day to day basis.

Which is why it’s important to set (two)yearly goals, which we will call objectives. Obviously, these has to be specified as well, just like the long term Goals. Again: If you can measure it, you can realize it.

It should make sense to you that the Objectives are an essential part of the long term Goal, because it should contribute to its realization.

So, if you want to go to Mars, the right tech, the right rockets, and the right funding must be realized. These are just examples of having the right Objectives to help realize the long term Goal.

What are your long term new goals?

The above mentioned Goals and Objectives should make sense to you. These are the most obvious.

Whoever has set their mind to setting Goals, will come across these kinds. Naturally.

However, since this is Vision Forward, and we have our unique methodology, we know that the two kinds of Goals mentioned above, are useless. At least, when you’re not paying attention to the third kind, which we dubbed Goals of Beliefs.

#3: Goals of Beliefs

So what’s this?

As you might know, our non-conscious beliefs are essential to the success we aim to. For your old goals and your new goals. As long are you do not non-consciously believe in the value of something, you won’t take action on it.

It’s simple, but definitely not easy.

Which is why we recommend Goals of Beliefs.

What are your non-conscious beliefs, and will you see as ‘undeniable truth’? Fix some of those, so it can become a continual constructive belief.

For instance, do you non-consciously believe that ‘goal setting does not work’? Teach yourself to adjust that belief daily to ‘a set Goal directs my activities, which accelerates my success’.

Do you have the non-conscious belief that ‘you have learned everything you need to’? Teach yourself that ‘learning means developing, which allows you to be flexible and capable’. You will be better capable to adapt when your environment asks for it.

Got doubts about your knowledge, skills, and competencies? These are non-conscious beliefs too. Teach yourself that you ‘are good enough, and that you are of added value to everybody’.

The daily repetition of a new belief is a constructive step forward, just as reflecting on positive experiences that prove those new beliefs is.

For Goals of Beliefs goes: Make sure it contributes to your Long Term Goal and the accompanying objectives!

We are curious to your new Goals, Objectives, and Goals of Beliefs for the coming year. Let us know!

Need any help setting goals, on a personal or a professional level? Get in touch with us!


Written by Stephan Annema

Follow Martijn Schaap’s YouTube channel! He is the Vision Forward CEO, and on his channel, teaches about setting Goals, realizing your successes, and being an entrepreneur.

Why do we like what we like?

The four-letter code for popularity

How did one man understand what so many different consumers wanted? In what manner did he use psychology to sell his ideas and designs? What can you do, to sell anything to anyone?

Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design, had a theory. He was the all-star 20th-century designer of the Coca-Cola fountain and Lucky Strike pack. Furthermore, he designed the modern sports car, locomotive, Greyhound bus and tractor. Additionally, he designed the interior of the first NASA spaceship and the egg-shaped pencil sharpener. Ergo: What is popular, and when? And how you can sell anything to anyone?

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Watch his TEDx talk here.

#subconscious #brain #familiarity #recognition #sales #salesdevelopment #design

How to Remember 90% of What You Learn

Personal Development by Studying and Teaching

How do you learn? Most likely, you learn by taking in new information and then repeating it so often, that it becomes ‘second nature’. Remember the first time you were driving a car? A lot of information to take in. After a while, you did it so many times, your subconscious brain took over and said ‘We got this”. Personal development works this way, too.

There is a hack for this, which allows you to retain the ‘new’ information even quicker. Firstly, it will allow you to make more connections in the brain, quicker than before. Secondly, it’ll ensure that those connections in the brain apply to existing knowledge too.

It’s called the 50/50 rule, and it will help you retain that information even quicker.

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How does it work? According to Thomas Oppong, it’s this: “A better way to learn, process, retain and remember information is to learn half the time, and share half the time.”

So if you’re reading a book, instead of completing it in one take, do something different. Aim to read a chapter, and then recall, share, or write down the key ideas. What have you actually learned from it? Write it down, tell a friend, or tell a colleague. It’s a way to further your own personal and professional development, and that of others.

“The mind is like a muscle. The more it’s exercised, the better it gets and the stronger it becomes. “Use it or lose it” very much applies to the mind.”

When we train groups or individuals, this is why we encourage taking as many notes as you can. The brain activates when it’s writing down, because it helps memorizing and putting into action.

#subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment #visionforward #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #success #learning

Stop tracking and start inspiring

Improving results by improving leadership

“Are your performance evaluations improving your organizational culture? Do you think evaluation systems really engage people, make them feel heard and help them to grow? Because an overwhelming number of companies review their people infrequently, and in a way that is not engaging or effective. Yet, engaging employees is crucial. Especially with today’s multi-generational, technology driven and app savvy workforce.” writes Stuart Levine. Are you improving your results by improving your leadership?

But what are you doing to engage your employees? To inspire them? How are you supporting their professional growth? What effects does that have on the experience of the customer? Above all, if you don’t take care of your employees, they won’t take care of your customers.

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Do you need help in setting goals for yourself and company? Or do you want to get out of the subconscious patterns that are keeping you where you currently are? Let’s get in touch. Because we know that you can be a great leader. One who can inspire instead of track and punish.

#success #leadership #nerdsofhumandevelopment #subconscious #visionforward

What do you know?

What subconscious patterns are standing in the way of your success?

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Epictetus said it well, hundreds of years ago. The things you think you know are 100% true, may not be as true as you think they are. Everybody has their own set of beliefs and subconscious patterns, and thus perceive those to construct reality. But who knows if that is really the best way to handle a specific situation?

Your personal growth and development depend mostly on one thing: You. And that means that you have to be able to let go of the things, beliefs, and patterns that were once working for you – but are no longer. Figure out why you’re not successful, and then dig deeper. Much deeper than you feel comfortable with.

If you don’t allow yourself to consciously step out of your comfort zone, then what are your developing yourself for?

#success #subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment #visionforward #stoics

How to Master Intentional Dreaming for a Satisfying Life

The best methodology to get your brain and intentions powerfully aligned

What is it that you really want? What do you want to accomplish? In your personal life or in your professional life? What goals do you have? How do you set goals? Does that even work? How does your brain work with goals?

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David Paul Kirkpatrick writes about the brain, and how it helps you to achieve your goals. At Vision Forward, this is what we combine with the essential skills you need to reach your goals. Thus, the combination of skills and effective behavior, influencing your surroundings, and knowing how the subconscious works, is what sets the successful apart from the unsuccessful.

How do you set goals? One way to get ahead in this is to use intentional dreaming.

Here are the 7 steps that Kirkpatrick describes.

  1. Acknowledge that imagination has power
  2. Bring yourself into ‘body calm’
  3. Construct the aspiration in your consciousness and imagine it moving with you into your unconscious and subconscious reserves
  4. Go to sleep
  5. Repeat every night before sleeping
  6. When compelled by an intuitive affection, act upon it
  7. Let it go

Kirkpatrick goes into detail, which we suggest you do too. Read about it here.

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