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Your next step | Rachel Smets | TEDxDelftSalon

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Published on Jun 13, 2017

·     What will you be doing in 10 years?
·     Where would you like to be?
·     What is keeping your from achieving your dream or goal?

Some of us have dreams and goals, yet don’t know how to achieve them. Some of us are stuck in their daily life and belief they can never change. I had those feelings too, but I achieved my dreams and I keep having new dreams. How did I achieve them? In this talk, I go through the steps you can take to achieve your goals and stay motivated. What is keeping us stuck? One of the reasons is, we think too much. With 80,000 thoughts per day, it’s normal to have many thoughts, but sometimes these thoughts are so negative, they bring us down. “I’m not good enough’’ , ‘’ I can’t’’, ‘’He’s better than me’’,…

Thoughts are stories we make up in our mind. This affects our feelings, which in turn leads to a behavior: STUCK!

When I was 20, I was married, had a great house, great work, good income. But, I was not satisfied. I was living a life that was planned out for me (like a straight lane in a swimming pool): same job, same husband, same town, same everything for the rest of my life. A straight lane.

But, I was NOT happy. I wanted to swim in the ocean! I wanted to explore other countries and cultures.

Was I scared? YES!!! Leaving my family and financial security. What a silly idea. Everyone telling me to stay and not be a fool. Yes, I was scared. My drive was the thought of ‘’I don’t want to grow and think ‘’what if I would have done it’’. Now, 15 years later, I lived and worked in 6 different countries and speak 6 different languages and love what I do.

Rachel is a speaker, lecturer, trainer, and bestselling author of "Awaken Your Confidence: 15 people share their Journey to Success."  

Living and working in several countries for many years, she developed a passion for cultures and languages. Besides boosting people's confidence, intercultural awareness and conversational languages  are her favorite topics to teach online and offline.

She graduated from the University of Maryland (US) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and achieved her master’s degree in management from the University of St Andrews (UK). Born and raised in Belgium, she worked and lived in several countries, and currently resides in the Netherlands.

Striving, Sure,  Social & Sportive. She keeps her mind & body in balance by daily exercising either while running outside or lifting weights at the gym.

You can find out more on her website: http://www.rachelsmets.com

Rachel enjoys motivating and inspiring people to become the person they want to be. 

Life changes, and so can you!

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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