Be positive every day!

Today I’ll reveal my favorite trick for staying positive!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m slightly obsessed with keeping people as positive as possible. Why is that? That is because I know that my clients who tend to succeed and go far in their business and get into the careers that they want to have are the people who can stay in a positive frame of mind as often as possible.

A lot of times in my Savvy Success Masterminds, The Ultimate Career Bootcamp, or with my private clients, we spend a lot of time on the topic of getting in the right mindset.
My favorite tip lately for keeping you positive, or even myself positive, is to write down all of my wins every single day. I have a big dream board. Some of you who did the Effective Goal Setting course will know what that dream board looks like. Or if you follow me on Instagram, you also would’ve seen my dream board.

On the one section of my dream board I have goals, and I also have wins written down. Every single time that something positive happens, that is growing my business, or I get something, even as a gift sometimes, I’ll write it down as a win. It’s changed my attitude, and it’s shifted my perspective and my focus, to the things that went right in my day.

That keeps me positive to keep going and achieving what it is that I want to achieve. I’ve also seen this work for my clients. The more you can shift your focus, and your energy, to the things that are going right in your day, or in your life, the easier it is for you to stay engaged, positive and focused on achieving your goals.

The minute you allow yourself to start to look at all the negative stuff, which, let’s face it, negative things happens too … That’s when you completely start to lose focus, and that’s normally where I see my clients start to stumble and get off track.

If you have a couple of hefty goals that you’re currently working towards, I strongly recommend that you adapt this little trick. It will help you to shift your focus, get more positive, and stay motivated so that you can live to your fullest potential. Also check out my blog post “The one easy thing all successful people do.”

Now I’d love to hear from you:

If you enjoyed this tip, comment in the section below! Do you have a wins-list? Or do you have other tips for staying positive? Tell me below.
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Here’s my wins board in the back:


Four Ways to become a networking machine! (Offline)

Offline networking is important. Whether you’re busy growing a new business or if you’re trying to get a new job, or simply just trying to add a few new friends, having a great network will help you accomplish anything you want faster!

Watch the video for my four top tips to improve your offline networking:

What do I mean by offline networking? I mean networking events that happen in person.

A great way to find some awesome networking events in your town is to go to Eventbrite and simply browse what is going on in your city. Once you’ve established some events to attend, you also want to make sure that you really get the most out of these networking events. I recently served on a panel for General Assembly, and we had some great takeaways that I’m going to be sharing with you today.

Four Ways to become an offline networking machine:
  1. Start viewing your connections as social capital. The founders of VentureFizz has coined this phrase. What they mean by that is, that your connections actually are worth something. Examples: I connected two of my friends a while ago, and together they grew a non-profit that has since helped a lot of other people, so it really created value in terms of money for others. I also recently met a woman at another networking event and we were discussing healthcare, and it turned out that she was paying about 10 times too much for her healthcare. All I did was put her in touch with my healthcare guy, and that then saved her money. So as you can see, there’s huge value in the connections that you already have.
  2. You want to view your networking a little bit like you’re going on a first date. So just like you wouldn’t walk into the room and immediately start to tell everybody everything about you, you’ll rather walk into a room and start asking less personal questions and get to know them better. So always make sure that you have a couple of questions in your back pocket that you can pull out whenever you’re feeling a little awkward in talking to people.
    Make sure that you’re adding value. So instead of walking into a room and just going, “Me, me, me.” You want to make sure that you first also add value to the person that you’re talking too. Start thinking about the connections that you have within your network that you can put this person in contact with and how that will help them. Networking is a lot like karma, what you put out there is most likely also going to come back to you. The more positive connections you can put out there and the more value you can give to other people, the more value you’ll receive in return.
  3. Lastly, you definitely want to remember to follow up with people. I know of so many people that I’ve met at networking events that never bother to email me back. That’s a big no-no. When you don’t follow up immediately, that person will forget who you are within a few days. And just because they can’t help you at this moment doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to help you later.

That’s just a few ways to help you become a better networker! Also be sure to read my “Three mistakes to avoid while networking” and “Wanna make networking fun” for more tips to become a networking machine!

Now I’d love to hear from you:

What are your best networking tips? What’s your biggest obstacle when it comes to networking? Tell me below, and feel free to ask me your network-related questions too:


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How I got my bum off of Wall Street and found my passion!

So how the f-bomb did, I do it?

How did I get myself from Wall Street to where I am in my career today? I don’t often tell the unedited version of this story, but a couple of months ago I had the pleasure of meeting the ladies from She Geeks Out, a networking group in the Boston area that builds dynamic communities through events, networking and education. The lovely owners, Rachel and Felicia, invited me to do a podcast with them, and let me tell you – they got the story behind the story!

I shared a few behind the scenes secrets and spilled all the beans on exactly how I went from a little farm girl living in South Africa to a money broker in London and New York City. But what happened that finally broke the camel’s back? What made me realize what my true passions and purpose were, and just how did I go on to become an award-winning Pilates instructor and Best of Boston® Life Coach?

It’s all right here. Press play below and find out how you can determine your passion and purpose too: (ps – Please note that there are some sensitive language and topics in this podcast, please listen with headphones if you have little ones around. Don’t judge me – I warned you it was unedited 😉 )

Tell me in the comments:

Recently found your passion or still looking for it? Tell me what your passion is or how you figured it out, or what you’re doing to try to pinpoint your next career move? Share your thoughts below.

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What is enough?

Today, we’re going to explore what is enough for you.

This topic of what is enough is something that often comes up with my private coaching clients, as well as in the Ultimate Career Bootcamp, and in my Savvy Success Mastermind.

We all have this question, how much money is going to be enough? How big do I want my business to be? For you to get deep and clear on this, I’m going to probe you with a couple of questions today.

You see, it is in our nature to want more, more, more, more, and more. We also live in a society that has taught us that more is better. But more isn’t necessarily going to fulfill you on that level that you think it will. That is why it’s crucial for you to get clear on what is enough for you.

A couple of ways that you can do this:

Firstly, in the financial department, you’ll want to reverse-engineer your budget. What you want to do here is include everything that you enjoy in your life and need to be happy. Maybe it’s some Pilates classes, and you also want to buy a house, and you like going shopping. Whatever it is that you want, start writing down the stuff that fills you with joy. You also want to start putting a price tag next to those things so that you can figure out, “Okay, this is exactly what is enough for me, and this is how much it will cost to fulfill me.”

Secondly, you’ll also want to stop comparing yourself to other people, because in doing that you might start to try to keep up with what it is that they have in their life. What they have isn’t necessarily going to be the stuff that makes you happy.

Lastly, it’s important for you to take inventory of the people and things in your life that are no longer serving you. And you want to start to clear yourself of stuff and people so that you can open up some space to allow new things and new experiences to flow into your life.

There it is, three easy steps that will help you to figure out what is enough for you.

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The Art of Saying No

“No,” – How do you say it in your business and to others? The first thing I tell my clients to do before they implement this is to get clear on what it is that you want in your life, your business, and your career.

When you know what it is that you want, it becomes easier to realize when you’re saying yes to things that are not serving you. And will help you to figure out what you should say no to and what you can say yes too.

A lot of us have a problem saying no to people because we don’t know how to do it. The other important thing that you have to start to practice how to say no to people. I’m going to teach you this quick, little tip that will help you to say no the next time someone asks you to do something that’s out of line with what is that you want to accomplish.

Are you ready?

The simple, little word is just simply, “No, thank you.”

Start practicing this with little things that you can say not to, because it is really hard if you’ve always been a peoples-pleaser and always said “yes” to everything, to all of a sudden start to lay down those boundaries for people.

How to start implementing “No Thank You.”

Start small. Next time someone offers you a coffee, and you don’t want a coffee, just say, “No, thank you;” or anything simple like that. Then you can slowly build up your resistance to saying no to bigger things.

And what you will find when you start saying no to people is that you actually create a whole bunch of space for things that you do want in your life. I guarantee that if you practice this magic-little-no-thank-you line enough, you are going to be a happier, more fulfilled and more relaxed person.
Now I’d love to hear from you: How do you get over the guilt of saying no to people? If you have recently started saying no or also have had an “Ah-ha” saying no to people, please remember to tell us about in the comments below, because we’d love to hear from you.

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The right time to quit your job and start your business!

Today we’re going to be discussing when the right time is to quit your job and start growing your business.

Figuring out when to leave a job is precisely what clients come to me for. To answer this question, we have to delve a little deeper into you and who you are, because it’s a unique situation and it’s different for everybody.

Here are my guidelines that I give my Ultimate Career Bootcamp and Private clients to help them pin down the perfect time to quit their jobs:
  1. You do want to make sure that you are financially secure. If you have a side business and you still have a day job, you want to make sure that your side business is doing reasonably well so that when you do quit your job, you can ramp up business pretty quickly. If you want to quit your job and start from scratch, you want to make sure that you have some savings in the bank to help you while you’re ramping up your business. If you’re not financially secure, you will do what I did, and you will have a little bit of a panic attack because finances might get too tight. And then you’ll be tempted to hop right back into whatever it is that you’re doing now and ultimately just end up being unhappy again.
  2. The next thing that you want to ask yourself is: What is my primary goal? If your long-term goal is that you want to be the owner of your company, then there’s no better time than now to quit your job. Remember that it can be daunting to take this leap of faith to start your own business. I totally appreciate and feel you if you’re in that situation right now. But you have to remember that every single minute that is spent in the corporate world is time that you’re not dedicating to growing your business. Ultimately, the longer you hold onto your corporate job, the longer it’s going to take for you to build and ramp up your business and be an entrepreneur.

The answer to the question, “When is the right time for me to quit my job?” is: Right now.

I had this little struggle within myself because I was trying to flip my Pilates business and move more into my coaching business. It was hard for me to let go of my Pilates classes and there was some ego involved. There was also a little bit of “Oh my word, am I going to be able to make bank with my business?”

But here’s ultimately what the deciding factor was for me:

I realized that every single hour that I was spending in my Pilates business was revenue lost in growing my coaching business. You want to make sure that you start to think about it this way.

Think about all the time that you’re going to free up when you no longer have to do your day job, and you can solely focus on growing the thing that you’re passionate about. That was ultimately what helped me to clean out my schedule, focus on my coaching business, and build that.

Now I am so happy that I did that because I’ve exponentially grown my coaching business, and I am so much more excited and happy about where I am at in my career.

Now I’d love to hear from you:  If you’re currently struggling to figure out when the right time is to quit your job and start your business, comment with what’s holding you back below.
OR If you recently went through a similar experience, tell us how you decided when to quit!

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The importance of setting goals.

Today we’re going to be discussing the importance of setting goals.

January is already a distant memory, and that’s usually the time when most of us set a lot of goals for ourselves. Perhaps you have the following objectives: This will be the year that you get a new job or the year that you want to start your own business.

Maybe you’re thinking about everything I just mentioned, but you haven’t set any firm goals for yourself. That’s okay I get it, sometimes setting goals can be very challenging because a lot of our fears creep up when we say what it is that we want for our career, business, and life. The danger of not setting firm goals for yourself is that things will get very wishy-washy and you most likely won’t achieve anything at all. Next year will roll around, and you’ll be in the same place where you’re at right now. And we don’t want that.

The important thing about having a goal is the focus and clarity that it will bring to you. This emphasis and clarity will guide you to your next steps in moving towards what it is that you want to create.

It is important to remember that your goal can be adjusted once you’ve started working towards it and then realize that it ‘s not really what you wanted or it’s not working out the way that you had envisioned. By having a goal in the first place, you can work towards something and learn from the process.

Goals also keep us motivated and help us stay excited to create and accomplish exhilarating stuff. Having this drive will help you overcome obstacles and keep moving forward.

If you haven’t set a firm goal for yourself or if you’re currently struggling to achieve a certain objective, I have a special something for you that will help you set effective goals that you can, and will, achieve. Hop on over here to read and implement my top goal setting strategies.

Now I’d like to hear from you:

Do you have a question about setting goals? Ask me about it in the comments below.
If you have are an expert goal setter and achiever – share your strategies for success below.

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What Adele’s Grammy mess up can teach us

Did you watch the Grammys last weekend? I must confess that I missed it but I did read all about Adele’s big mess up and it brought a warm feeling to my heart. Why? It took some serious courage to do what she did on live television!

At that moment she showed all of us what it means to be truly vulnerable and that it’s ok to be wrong. We are humans, not robots and sometimes (a lot of times actually) we’re not so perfect.

Adele’s performance crushed three of the myths we have about failure, being wrong or making a mistake.

Here are the myths:

1) If I fail that’s it, I’ll be done, and I can’t ever get a do-over. Not true!

Adele stopped, said she was sorry, asked for a do over and got a standing ovation. The only way we get better is by doing things again, and again, and again… Our many failures are actually what lead to our successes.

2) If I fail, people will hate me – um yeah no!

Not only did she get a standing ovation but her album sales jumped to 137%. Most people have lots of empathy and are ready and willing to support and help us succeed!

3) Saying you’re sorry and you were wrong is too embarrassing, and you will never be able to recover from it! Eeeehhhh, strike three – you’re out! 

Again: Adele got a standing ovation. Was it embarrassing for her to mess up? Was it hard to stop and ask to please start again? I’m sure it was extremely hard. She did it in any case and, as I mentioned before, got a standing ovation for doing so. It builds a lot of trust and respect when you can admit you are wrong and say sorry. People appreciate that a lot, as in 137% a lot, just kidding, but you get what I’m saying.

Remember it’s like Brene Brown says: Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.


Without our mistakes and failures, we would never be able to evolve, grow and get stronger.

Now I’d like to hear from you: What’s the hardest part of failing or doing something wrong for you? Have you recently messed up? How did you recover from it?

How the Patriots pulled off their big win!

“All you need to know is that the Patriots are a cheating team.”

That was the first comment on an international friend’s picture on Instagram when she mentioned she was watching the Super Bowl and had no clue what was going on. And even though I’m not the world’s biggest football fan, it still stung! But I can also understand why other losing team supporters may think that.

Let’s face it: The Patriots do win a lot! And the comeback they made on Sunday was unreal! (Even my husband, a diehard Pats supporter – like most people in New England, zoned out at half time saying: “Yeah there’s no coming back from that!”

But he (and all those who think the Pats are cheaters) forgot about one thing: Tom Brady’s strong mindset, fitness, and lifestyle regime. We’ve all heard about his extreme diet, workouts, yoga and meditations. Being in excellent health and having worked at “perfection” every day for years, means that he’s completely altered his thinking of what is possible.

It always seems impossible until it's done

With that incredible mindset, he was able to lead his team to do the unthinkable on Sunday. The fantastic news is that you don’t have to be Tom Brady to pull the impossible off. With a little bit of dedication, you can also get Brady’s larger than life frame of mind to accomplish anything you want!

Here are a few strategies to help you increase your positive thinking to achieve the impossible:
  1. Meditate –  No, you don’t have to sit in silence you can do a guided meditation. Science has proven that only 10 minutes a day will alter your brain’s neuropathways.  And, yes, you do have 1o minutes a day because if you have time to scroll through Instagram, you have time to meditate too! (Download a PDF with all my favorite meditation apps here.)
  2. Catch yourself – That’s right, start to notice what you’re thinking about. Simply observing your thoughts can help you spot negative thinking patterns and then you can shut them off. (And yes, step one can help you get better at step two!)
  3. Flip it – When you spot a negative thought, flip it to the extreme positive.

Remember you do have control over what you choose to think on a daily basis. And if you want to bring about change or accomplish big things in your life you have to guard your thoughts and work on getting a positive mindset, daily. Your brain is a muscle, and you can train it to work for or against you! And whatever you do – don’t let others tell you it’s not possible. If the Patriots can come back from 28-3 and win, then anything is indeed possible!

Grab my favorite meditation app here.

Now I’d like to hear from you: Do you have a daily practice to help you cultivate an “anything is possible” mindset? Or tell me what your favorite part about winning the Super Bowl was, below!

Five Effective Goal Setting Strategies

Five Effective Goal-Setting Strategies To Make This Your Best Year:

Create a Savvy & Successful Business, Filled With Joy!

1) Reflect  + Get Clear:

To grow your business, it’s important to reflect on what worked well in your business last year and build on it. Get clear and specific on what you want for your business in the coming year.

2) Create SMART Goals

Write out your goals and make sure your goals are:






Five effective goal-setting strategiesRemember goals keep you focussed and moving forward in your business!

Get more goal strategies in my business planning video series.

2) Identify your blind spots

We all have certain fears or limiting beliefs that can sabotage our success without us even realizing it. Make sure you name your fears and identify what your limiting beliefs are so they don’t stand in the way of your success. (I discuss the exact principles to  identifying and overcome fear and sabotages in my video series, upgrade to get the video series.)

4) Cultivate a Savvy Success Mindset

In order to make this your best year ever, it’s important to work on improving your mindset and keep yourself in a positive space as often as possible. Doing this will guarantee your success

5) Install positive anchors, rewards, and support to keep you motivated.

Create positive anchors in your day: these can be things like a vision board or positive reminders on your phone. Spoil yourself with fun rewards every time you hit a goal to keep you motivated. Make sure that you have the right support from like-minded people.
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  • The basic principles to setting SMART goals and how to achieve these goals while feeling excited and passionate.
  • Easy ways to identify the fears and limiting beliefs that are sabotaging your success without you even realizing it.
  • Five quick practices to cultivate a success mindset
  • Insight into my personal positive anchor practices along with the exact support formula you need to build a profitable business you love!
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Moving countries and starting your own business!

Making big bold moves and changes to your life and career can be incredibly daunting. That’s why so many of us, or our friends, are always complaining about work or life but can’t seem to do much to change the situation. We feel completely stuck and paralyzed. These friends seem to be completely stuck and paralyzed. That’s exactly where my coaching client Kerrie was when we first started working together.

She wanted to make massive changes to her career and life. It was so wonderful to see Kerrie become more confident while she untied herself and moved towards her dreams. What she achieved was remarkable.

To give you more insight into Kerrie’s journey, I asked her about her experience during the coaching process and how it helped her to quit her corporate gig and move back to the U.K. to start a business of her own.

Here are her answers:

Hanneke: What was the first sign that you needed a change of careers?
Kerrie: There were many small signs, such as not enjoying or feeling challenged by the work and realizing this wasn’t a temporary feeling. Also, hitting my ten year work anniversary and not feeling proud of it. I started to notice that I became more aggressive at work as a result of not feeling happy or fulfilled.

H: What scared you the most about the change you wanted to make in your career & life?
K: Failure and making the wrong decision! My transition was not just about career but also about also which country I was going to live in. What if I regretted it or couldn’t do it. I was walking away from security into the unknown!

H: How did working with me in our coaching sessions help you move through this fear?
K: Hanneke helped me work through each of these concerns, challenging me to think about what failure looked like and then together we explored practical ideas to help me manage them. It made me feel in control and broke the fears I had down to a much lesser extent. Hanneke provided a safe environment for me, so I felt able to share my concerns, and nothing was too silly to discuss. Hanneke was also able to relate and shared her experiences which helped install confidence; she knew what she was talking about – she had been there and could totally empathize.

H: What’s the best thing that’s happened as a result of making your career and life transition?
K: Freedom and regaining control of my destiny! I still have a long way to go, but the wheels are in motion. I have made lots of positive changes in my life in the last nine months: I’ve moved country, set up my own business, qualified as a Pilates instructor. I also have a new partner, and I have a better work-life balance.

H: What were some of the surprise results that happened as a result of following your true passion and leaving your corporate job?
K: People want to help you and want you to be successful. I didn’t stop to think about all the people I have access to, who have set up their own business and had experiences or resources they can share. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

H: What advice would you give someone who’s looking to make a career transition?
K: Only you can make that change happen, but there are people out there who can help. Focus on what success would look and feel like, acknowledge your fears and think about how you manage them and don’t lose sight of why you are making the change in the first place. Yes it will be scary, and there will be times when you think – what am I doing, but you only live once, so live it!

Powerful right? And to think that you can do the same!

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Kerrie’s transition was the physical results she radiated. I had the pleasure of grabbing coffee with her not so long ago, and she was glowing. Her skin, her smile, she even had a little skip in her step. She oozed happiness and confidence – I don’t know why I was so surprised by it, after all, I know all too well that this is what happens when you truly live in alignment with your dreams and desires.

Would you like to achieve similar results to Kerrie? Check out my Ultimate Career Bootcamp or contact me at to learn more about coaching and how it can help you create amazing results in your career, business, and life!

A big thank you to Kerrie for sharing her experience with us.

Have you recently changed jobs or made big leaps in your life and career? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience. Don’t be shy to brag about your accomplishments. 

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Bio – Kerrie Maitland

Following a successful international career of 15 years in Human Resources, Kerrie has recently returned to her home in the South of England where she’s currently establishing her own Company, Positive Dimensions, which focuses on personal and organizational well-being.

Kerrie has a Master in Human Resource Management from Bournemouth University and also has a Bachelor’s honors degree in Psychology and Sociology. Kerrie is also qualified in the administering and interpretation of Psychometric Assessment and has recently completed her Pilates coaching qualification.

Five secret tips you need to keep & accomplish new year’s resolutions!

I find this time of year to be so exciting; there is hope and vision of what the year may hold for us. Dreams of big achievements and more. We set goals, make new year’s resolutions and vision boards.

Then somewhere in the middle of January reality kicks in, the wheels come off, we lose our mojo and just like that January 22nd becomes the most depressing day of the year.

But what would it be like if you could keep your focus and dedication? If you could be in possibility mode all year long, what would you be able to accomplish then?

Imagine what your life and business would be like if you could accomplish all your goals.

Here are my five secret (tried and tested) tips to keep you focused and motivated to do exactly that:

1) Make sure you set goals that are SMART.
This means your goals are specific; they are measurable and achievable/attainable, your goals are realistic (and I like to add – somewhat risky), and last but not least they have a timeline (deadline).

2) Know why you want to accomplish these goals and be sure that they hold intrinsic value to you.
Intrinsic goals are goals that will personally bring you joy etc. when they are achieved. E.g. you want to lose 20lbs because it will boost your confidence (intrinsic) vs. you want to lose 20lbs, so other people will call you sexy (extrinsic). Or you want to get a higher paying job because you want to travel more (intrinsic) vs. it will please your spouse (extrinsic).

3) Install daily positive anchors and reminders of your goals and what it will be like when you achieve them.
Set reminders in your calendar, pictures on your desk or quotes as your screen saver. Make sure that where ever you turn you have positive reinforcements to help you stay motivated and focused.

4) Join a mastermind or get a coach.
Both of these will give you the accountability you need and will help you come up with effective strategies and inspiration to achieve your goals. If you need a mastermind – read more about joining my Savvy Success Masterminds here; or if you’re interested, remember you can book an intro call for private coaching sessions here.)

5) Forgive yourself and get back at it.
Be sure to be kind to yourself if you slip up or make a mistake. This one may be last on the list, but it shouldn’t be viewed as less important than the others. Practicing forgiveness and self-love will save you time and dramatically improve your chances of achieving your goals.

By using these tips I’ve personally been able to accomplish so much more and I’ve also helped my clients to do the same.

Happy New Year!

P.S. If you’re a business owner who’d like to join an exclusive and supporting group of women who can serve as your champions and expert panel, be sure to check out my savvy success mastermind groups here. Registration is now open until Feb 14th. Read more here.



Holiday Season Survival Kit

Four easy tips to stay grounded, built trust and grow your network!

When an old Pilates connection recently reached out to ask if I’d lead their women’s leadership group through a hands-on workshop, I was thrilled at the opportunity! I got to coach the team through an array or topics like how to step up and own their role as leader and how to overcome the challenges that are keeping them from leaning in harder.

Listening to the hurdles that all of us face on a daily basis got me thinking just how hectic our lives are and how hard we are on ourselves. During the holidays it all just get crazier.

Here are four easy tips to survive the holidays (and life):

  1. Breath (Four breath pattern)relax in under 30 seconds
    A quick few rounds of the four breath pattern can instantly calm and ground you.
    How it works: Take a breath in for four counts, hold it for four, breath out for four, hold it for four, and repeat a few times.
    I love this one because we don’t always have a chance to meditate or go to the gym. This can be a quick and easy SOS whenever you need it.
  2. Reflectset yourself up for success in 2017
    Take five to ten minutes to take stock of your year: What went well in your career and business this year? What did you accomplish? What are you most proud of? We’re always looking ahead and reaching for the next thing, so it’s easy to forget how much you’ve done and how far you’ve come. Give yourself a big fat high five for your journey!
  3. Ask for helpanother way to lean in
    We are not islands, and we can’t do it all alone. We often think that asking for help is a complete taboo because others will believe that we’re weak or worse: stupid. In the workshop yesterday, we discovered the contrary. Asking for help can be a great opportunity to build trust and rapport, plus it strengthens the connection with your team and peers. Think about how awesome you feel when people ask for your help!It’s a win-win situation: you get to learn, grow and feel supported, and your colleagues/friends/family get to feel good about helping and sharing their knowledge.
  4. Embrace the seasonget out and network
    Everyone’s in the holiday cheer, so now is a great time to get out there and make new connections. Growing your network now will help you prosper and flourish in 2017.

Whatever you do: be sure to enjoy, embrace and fah-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-lahhhh! No seriously, though, have fun this season!

With lots of love and warm wishes – your business and career coach,
x Hanneke

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Dealing with a difficult co-worker

four-things-all-career-lovers-have-youre-missing-1“I’m not here to make friends…”

You may recall this line from my previous blog entry on “How to deal with negativity at work.

I will never forget sitting in that meeting and my co-worker uttering the words: “I am not here to make friends…” Despite the dire situation at working on a very dysfunctional team, I couldn’t help but crack up at her comment. How sad that one had to work with someone who wasn’t at work to get along with anyone.



We’ve all worked with varying degrees of “those” kinds of colleagues:

  • The employee who doesn’t pull their weight
  • The employee who’s conniving
  • The employee who’s just downright rude and annoying
  • The employee who’s the master manipulator

…     and the list goes on.


So how do you cope with them?


Try these three tips to create a better relationship between you and your difficult colleague:


  1. Communication is essential: as soon as you start to notice that your relationship with one of your co-workers is starting to get a little wonky, address, it immediately (Read my blog entry on how to prep for an awkward conversation here.).
  2. Eye on the prize: Remember to think of the bigger picture: i.e. the project or job you’re trying to get done. Make everything you do or say about getting the actual project and stop making it about you or your co-workers. Focus on what it is you’re trying to achieve, together. What’s the goal for you as a team?
  3. You don’t have to like everyone to get along: as ludicrous as my co-worker’s statement was – there’s a little bit of truth to it.  You don’t have to be best friends with everyone on your team; everyone can still work together and be polite without any hostility.


It’s important also to appreciate that not everyone works the same as you and that everyone’s just doing the best they can at the moment, including you!



Are you currently struggling with a situation like this? Which one of these tips was most helpful for you? Have you had a colleague or team that is/was hard to work with? How did you deal with it? What did you learn from that experience? Remember your comment will be valuable for someone else!


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Escape Corporate Burnout!

It seems like corporate burnout has become an epidemic. According to an article in the Huffington Post, this type of burnout is especially prevalent amongst overachievers in their 20s and 30s. It’s no wonder that we hear of so many people who are dreaming about starting their own business.

Escaping the corporate world and becoming a passionate entrepreneur, doing what you love, with a flexible schedule, and making more money is just so much more appealing. Have you ever had this dream? I know I did and hence I wrote about it in my recent Huffington Post Article.

A lot of my coaching clients get stuck in the “How to” phase of turning their idea into a business that earns money immediately. In our sessions, I help them with the exact steps and motivation they need to transition from the corporate world to successful company owners.

Here are the first few steps of the process:

  1. Do your research.

The brainstorming part can be daunting, and I have found that it’s often the part people skip or where they chicken out of their idea altogether. It’s completely understandable because it can be very overwhelming, plus knowing where to start can be tricky. Sound like you? Start here: Make sure that your business idea is something people want and need. How do you do this? Here are a few ideas:

a) Start talking to people and find out whether they want and need your idea, and if they’d pay for a product or service like yours. You can do this in person or send out a survey to your network.

b) Find other people in the market who are already doing what you want to do and start talking to them about their struggles and successes. (Note you’re not talking to these people to start copying them, you’re doing some of this leg work to see if your idea is working out there in the world already. If someone else is already doing what you want to do and have a profitable business doing so, it means that your idea is feasible. The important word here is profitable – there are a lot of people out there not making money in their businesses, make sure the person you’re talking too is successful at their business.)

     2.  How will it produce revenue for you?

This step in the research process often trips people up too.  Again you can find your answers by doing a little legwork:

a) Look to see how others in your market area are producing revenue.

b) Can you duplicate revenue stream ideas from other markets to your product/service? (Here are some examples: can you do auto renewal like most skin care products do? Or can you run workshops/group sessions like fitness instructors, instead of just one-on-one sessions? What about producing a group program like puppy training classes? Can you train/hire others to work for you to scale your product like a spa does?)

3) Is there a way for you start your business on the side while you’re still working your corporate gig?

I love this idea because it involves less risk and makes the transition process from the corporate world to business owner much smoother and less stressful. You can test if your business idea is legit and start to earn revenue without taking too much financial risk.

As a bonus, I created the Profitable Business Brainstorm cheat sheet for you.


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And as Tony Robbins said in a recent interview with world-renowned life coach, Marie Forleo:

“It’s a science to achieving. If you want to achieve something, find someone who can give you the result you want.  Model them successfully because success leaves clues.  How do you do it quicker: Obsess about it, focus on it, create emotion to take action, model someone great and with some grace you’ll do it.” Watch his inspiring interview here.

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Gabrielle Bernstein’s top tip to figuring out your passion

unnamed-4A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Gabrielle Bernstein’s book signing here in Boston. (Gabby’s a motivational speaker, life coach, and author.  Opera has had her as a guest on Super Soul Sundays and the New York Times featured her as a “guru” for the next generation.) She’s currently doing a book tour in the US to promote her new book “The Universe has your Back.”





If you’re in a job that you’re unhappy with at the moment, I have two takeaways for you:

  1. you’re not alone
  2. there is a real movement in the workforce to find meaningful and purposeful work right now

How do I know this?

  1. Gabby, who has a quarter of a million followers on Facebook, also addressed job dissatisfaction and trying to find what to do next in your career to bring meaning and purpose to your life, a few times during the book signing event. (This indicates that she sees this trend and movement to find a fulfilling career from her followers too.)
  2. Stanford University’s most popular course at the moment is a course called “Designing your life” – the course is similar to the principles, tools, and exercises I teach in my Bootcamp. The course’ primary focus is to help students design a career and life that’s both fulfilling and brings them happiness.

So what was her number one tip to help you figure out your next career move?

Stop trying to find what you love from a place of “I hate my job.” 

What does she mean by that? In the life coaching world, this is something we call reframing. You see, for you to find solutions to problems you have to pay close attention to your language and mindset and then reframe it.


Your words become your thoughts, and your thoughts become your actions. Those actions lead to your results.

Or like I said on Instagram once:


So if you’re constantly saying “I hate my job, I can’t stand my career” your brain keeps thinking thoughts surrounding this and can’t find creative solutions outside of that mindset.

So how can you shift your focus?

  1. Stop saying “I hate my job.”
  2. Start to look for everything in your job that is working
  3. Be grateful that you have a job that’s paying your bills and will be your investment source to help you get out of your current situation and onto a career you love.

Want more tips to create a job you love? Take my FREE Take Control of Your Career Training series. Please note that this is the last week to download this training for FREE! Get it now.


What is your biggest obstacle in your career right now? Or were you stuck in a job and figured out your next career? How did you do it? Remember your comment could be just the inspiration someone else needs to find their next job!

Four Things All Career Lovers Have & You’re Missing!

four-things-all-career-lovers-have-youre-missingThere are usually four things people who make successful career transitions do that differentiate them from those who stay stuck. What’s great about these four things, is that with the right support and accountability EVERYONE can implement and design a fulfilling career. In my Ultimate Career Bootcamp, I address and give creative tools and tips to help all participants home in and be successful at these.

So what are the four things that successful career transitioners do? 

Here they are:

1) People who make successful career transitions keep a positive mindset. 
When you go for what you want, there is no room for negativity! It’s important to stay as positive as possible at all times. The good news is that with the right tools, anyone can cultivate a positive frame of mind. Cultivating the right mindset is a huge part of what I help my clients to accomplish.

2) Successful career transitioners take the time to figure out what they want in their career and life.
Clarity is power. It’s crucial for your success: in all areas of life! To get clear on what you want faster, you need to ask the right questions. That’s why I dedicated an entire module in my Bootcamp to it. When you dig in and start to create a clear vision of what you want, it’s easier to move towards it!

3) Thriving career peeps face and conquer their fears.
It’s true – we all have fears. People who pursue their dream careers, however, choose to get real with their fears. They get down and dirty with all their ghosts and then work with those concerns to achieve what they want.

4) Career lovers create solid plans while keeping an open mind. 
Once you know what your career goals are it’s easy to create a plan to achieve them. Successful career transitioners break their goals down into bite-size chunks, so they never get overwhelmed, and they always know what to do next to land their dream job!

If you need help with any of the above, be sure to join me Monday, October 3rd, at 6:30p in my Thriving Career Webinar. In this webinar, I’ll share tips and strategies to better the above principles and develop a career you love. I’ll also tell you about my program that will give you all the support and accountability you need to build a thriving career.


Wishing you career success and abundance,

x Hanneke

Design your successful career.

Did you have a chance to read my article featured in Huffington Post last week? In it, I talked about landing what I thought was a great job and then immediately realizing it was a huge mistake – and what I did next.


This happens to people all the time.

There are usually three reasons why people end up in careers that they don’t love and is not a good fit for them:


1) People approach their job search from the wrong angle. This results in doing way too much work in the job hunting process that results in a job offer they don’t want or love — or no job offers at all. Want to know the right way to job search? Keep reading…


2) They use aptitude tests like a crystal ball. Myers-Briggs (and other similar tests) are quite popular because they tell people what their natural strengths are and what they should do for work. So many people blindly follow these suggestions instead of taking the time to really dig deep and figure out what THEY WANT to do.


3) They stay in a job they dislike for too long. This leads to irrational decisions to jump ship and then these people find themselves in the same unhappy job boat a few months later.


If you’ve found yourself taking one or all of the missteps above before, or if you’re currently making them, then I have some great solution-orientated events lined up for you!


On Monday, October 10th I’ll be launching my Ultimate Career Bootcamp. This is a 4-week online program that comes complete with video trainings, exclusive group coaching calls, and access to a private Facebook group filled with people like you who are also jazzed to make meaningful career transitions to jobs they love. In my newest version of the  Ultimate Career Bootcamp, I also have a few EXTRA GOODIES for the first TEN PEOPLE who sign up before October 5th. If you’re one of the first ten to register, you will receive an extra group coaching call with career branding specialist and LinkedIn guru Niels Reib, and you’ll also get one 60 minute private coaching call with me to kickstart your successful career transition.


To celebrate the launch, and help you optimize your career search, I’m holding a few special events I’d like to invite you too!!


If you live in Boston:

You can join me at my Career Success Workshops September 21st or October 4th at 6 pm at Hollister Staffing. Sign up here to reserve your spot.


For my national and international peeps:

Join me for my Thriving Career Webinar Workshop on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30p EDT. Space is limited, so please sign up for the webinar now.


In these workshops and in the webinar, you’ll learn valuable tools and strategies to align your ideal career with your core values and:

  • Discover your purpose by organizing your life and career goals

  • Gain clarity and certainty to home in on the perfect job for you

  • Get the step-by-step guide you need to build a thriving career


I look forward to seeing you in the workshops or having you on in the webinar! Please feel free to email if you have any questions!


Wishing you career success and abundance,

xx Hanneke


ps – if you missed the Huffington Post Article click here to read it.


How to deal with negativity at work

How to deal with negativity at work

blogOne of the most trying times in my career was my first year in New York City; I was dealing with a lot of negativity. I had just moved from London and had no real support network in my new city.

Work was a nightmare; there was all the usual office politics, a manager who set me up to fail and a colleague who wanted my blood. I had just left a meeting where my co-worker point blank said: “I’m not here to make friends.” To top it off, I also no longer enjoyed my actual tasks at work either.

The worse thing was feeling completely stuck. I was on a work visa and quitting this job meant bye bye America. I had hit rock bottom; I was lonely, overwhelmed and utterly lost! How did I even let myself get here?

I knew to get myself out of this mess; I’d have to dig deep, use all the coaching wisdom I had uncovered in my sessions the year before. I started to implement them one by one and finally gained back my confidence and control to move on.

Sound familiar?

Here are four strategies you can use to improve your work environment and figure out your next career move faster:

1: Shift your focus.
To get out of any messy situation, you need to shift your focus from the current problem to the solution. (even if you don’t know what the solution is yet, stop thinking about the issue that’s causing anxiety and stress for you.)

2: Commit to staying out of the drama.
Instead of obsessing over the usual work politics and drama, and this includes getting involved in negative conversations about it, start using every opportunity to visualize and strategize how you can do your job better, what is working, and what you’d like your future career to be. Bonus tip: try to see the good qualities in everyone.

3: Verbalize it.

If it’s possible, voice your concerns with your manager or team. Remember to come at this from a compassionate and respectful place. It may be a tough conversation to have, but it’s always better to keep an open dialogue to avoid misunderstandings and a complete breakdown of communication, which will only lead to more annoyance and stress.

4: Hire a life coach.

Working with a life coach will help you keep a level head, look at things more objectively and come up with creative solutions to address and solve the problems at work. A coach will also help you home in on your values and goals. Then the coach will assist you in aligning these takeaways with the demands of your job, or help you clarify a profession that honors them.

Implementing these strategies reduced my stress levels significantly, and a few months later I figured out my next career move!

If you’re currently finding yourself in a similar situation where you feel stuck, undervalued and caught in a company culture that’s not working for you, be sure to join me for my Thriving Career Webinar where I’ll help you develop and design a career that’s perfect for you.

Join others who are in the same boat as you and together you’ll:
1 – Discover your purpose by organizing your life and career goals
2 – Gain clarity and certainty to home in on the perfect job for you
3 – Get the step-by-step guide you need to build a successful career

Sign up for the Thriving Career Webinar Oct 3rd, 6:30 pm EDT! (Replay will be available to registrants.)

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Praise from Ultimate Career Bootcamp Graduates:
“Working with Hanneke restored my confidence in myself and my abilities and helped me to organize my goals and make strategic plans to achieve them. Every single aspect of my life improved because of the work I did with Hanneke. It truly brought happiness to a whole new level!” – Leanna Gonzalez

Three signs that you need a life coach (and one bonus sign for free)

Did I ever tell you how I came to know about life coaches? You see before I started working with a life coach, I had seen a therapist and a counselor on and off, but had no clue that life coaches even existed.

Although my therapy and counseling sessions were very helpful in my past, by the time I was 24 I was a highly functioning individual craving to make better choices to create more positive changes in my life.

It was at this very time that my company booked a client ski trip to Chamonix in France. Side note: In case you’ve forgotten – I’m originally from South Africa and the only snow this gal had seen a few inches that would fall in my backyard one day every other year and instantly melted away. Needless to say, I didn’t have a clue how to ski.

Dennis and I with my client from American Express in London, Lauren.
Dennis and I with my client from American Express in London, Lauren.

While my colleagues and clients took on the black slopes of the French Alps, I was stuck making pizzas on the baby slopes with my personal ski instructor, Dennis who also happened to be an Olympic skier. Naturally, poor Dennis also rather wanted to be on the black slopes.

However, I quickly progressed to more than just pizza making and we ended up having a blast. We had some fascinating conversations filled with nuggets of wisdom and interesting stories. And it was there on the slopes of the Alps that Dennis introduced me to the term “life coach”.

He quickly figured out that I could benefit from working with one because of the telltale signs that repeated themselves in all my stories.

These three signs are not unique to me, in fact, a lot of us will have one, some or all of them in one or more areas of our lives.

Here are the most common signs that you could benefit from working with a life coach:

1: You feel stuck
Whether it’s in a certain job, relationship or situation in your life, you can’t seem to get yourself out of a particular situations or routine and can’t seem to find a solution or way out of it.

2: You keep being in your way.
Even though you know better, you just can’t seem to keep yourself from making the same bad decisions somehow hoping they’ll lead to better results.

3: You’re negative all the time.
You just can’t help but keep focusing on everything that keeps going wrong in your life. People who do this tend to start every sentence with: “The Problem is…” or “That won’t work, because..”

And then there’s another one most of us have:

BONUS 4: We don’t know how.
We have a sincere desire to create positive change in our lives but don’t know how to do it or feel overwhelmed by what it is we want to accomplish.

A life coach will help you identify and home in on all of the above. They will also help you to achieve your goals and the change you desire in your life faster and with less stress.

I am so grateful for Dennis for informing me about life coaches and their work that day. I left Chamonix and found Shirley, my life coach in London. She helped me work through my barriers and develop some helpful tools that I still use to this day and now teach my clients too. It’s been by far the best investment I’ve ever made in myself.

Have you worked with a life coach before? What was your experience working with them? Tell me in the comments which one of the above is a point that triggers or resonates with you.

The next round of the Ultimate Career Bootcamp starts Oct 10th, be sure to get more information about it and sign up here to get my FREE training series to help you:

  • Discover your purpose by organizing your life and career goals
  • Gain clarity and certainty to hone in on the perfect job for you
  • Get the step-by-step guide you need to build a successful career.