In 2016, December 31, I posted this https://www.facebook.com/AlexVanGinneken/posts/10154888886189025 message on Facebook. And although 2016 was a great year, it turned pale compared to 2017, which was a year filled with special encounters, new insights and big, personal growth.
In fact, 2017 already started for me in 2016, December 11. I was on my way to Bali with my family to live there for 2 months. Only when we arrived, I truly felt how busy 2016 had been. I had been mainly focussing on business performance. And even though my efforts had shown to be successful, there were still enough things that I was not happy with, things that really needed to be addressed. This to too, comes with growth.
From the first week in Bali, I decided that 2017 would be a year to address my health and habits. And I can proudly say that I have succeeded with a much better result than I ever expected.
In Bali I changed my diet and I started to eat healthier. I also decided not to drink alcohol anymore. Apart from moments that are planned far in advance or abroad ;)
I started to run and build strength. Back in the Netherlands I had lost 12 kilos (26 pounds).
To be honest, I was not 100% convinced I would be able to sustain this new lifestyle. But I kept it up, and by the end of May I had lost 15 kilos (33 pounds). My health was better than ever, and building a better physique and more strength felt great. Healthy eating and exercise is now fully anchored in my daily routine. But I wanted more and get rid of all kinds of bad habits. Even if it were only to challenge myself.
Cold became my best friend
Well, almost. My wife gave me a so called ‘Iceman training’ as a birthday present. In July it was time: I took an ice bath after a 1.5 hour workout. Truth is, I did not look forward to it at all, but working out before, made it pretty okay do step in the ice cold water.
All my life I hated the cold, and suddenly it became my best friend. From that point on I started taking cold showers after training. It really is the best start to the day. It gives me a lot of energy, while a hot shower made me slower.
The day after the Ice-man training I participated in a 8 km mud run in Groningen and finished first in the group of 50. I was really at a whole new level in terms of sports. In November I also ran the Seven-hill run in Nijmegen, a new PR; 15KM in 1:08.
Bye, bad habits!
In the past year I have tackled a lot of old habits and tested new more healthy ones. Below they are listed, check it out:
✓ Changed eating habits. (Every day a superfood breakfast, less carbohydrates, more salads, no meat, less sugar and no alcohol)
✓ Cold shower daily
✓ Study Spanish every day, about 20 minutes a day
✓ Vegetarian food
✓ I lived vegan for 2 months. Honestly that was quite hard, but it contributed greatly to the awareness of certain eating habits. However, for me personally it was too much of a good thing, so I stick to a vegetarian diet
✓ Stopped drinking coffee. That seemed terribly difficult, but after 3 days of headache and a drowsy feeling it was actually very simple
✓ Every day a meditation / reflection moment through a number of exercises
✓ Work out 4-5 hours a week
So… what did that bring me?
✓ I no longer have energy dips, and I have an overall higher energy level
✓ More power and a better condition
✓ More clarity in my head
✓ Rest and overview
✓ I'm sharper in conversations
✓ I regularly receive positive comments. The questions: WHAT did you do? And HOW did you do it? raised many times
✓ Better self image and confidence
I can definitely recommend you to work on healthy habits, especially when you are an entrepreneur and have a job where high performance is part of your job. Is it easy to tackle old habits? No, certainly not. You’ll experience "relapse" and need a clear goal and perseverance. But in time, step by step, it’ll get easier. I wish I’d started years earlier!
From 'time flies' to 'time flows'
Looking back on the past year, so much has happened in my business as well. I have sold my shares in a number of companies that I founded or helped build up; DBK, CoBrowser and MediaCT. They have become beautiful, strong companies.
Helping companies in their initial phase, is something I love to do. From pioneering to structure, that is my strength. Testing a business model, bringing a team together, sharing knowledge, networks and experience and help with key aspects in the process of building.
My coaching business has grown considerably, it helped me get a clear view on my own strengths and flaws in parts of the process. I alway tell people, be clear about your strengths and hire for your weakness. You don’t have to do it all. This is the part to say: ‘work smarter, not harder’. I love coaching, since you stay involved for a longer period of time and therefor you actually see the results and be part of the process. Customers who generate 4 times more revenue, win awards, run better margins, innovate or develop new technical tools.
I think it is great to help customers grow faster, to give them a boost, making not only an impact on their business, but also on their lives. That's my drive.
Wish you all the best for 2018.
Please let me know: what are your plans, goals and ambitions for 2018? And how can I help you?
A smile from the heart,