Your body is there. Is your mind, too?

So you’ve moved to another country.Perhaps you have been relocated by your organization. Or, perhaps you made the choice to move on your own. Regardless of whether it was an active choice or not, you are now there, which means that you have to come to peace with the decision. Without having read the book, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “wherever you go,…

Why Our Current Beliefs Are Not a True Reflection of Who We Are

What makes up our identity? Is it our innate character traits? Our attitudes? Personality? Opinions? Habits of thought? Values? Beliefs? Ideas? Skills? My answer is: all of these. In fact, there are probably some more factors that I have forgotten to list up here. The important point to make here is that in the end, our identity is a mixture…

Two Dangerous Beliefs That Will Make You Less Adaptable

Interestingly, the fact that someone is highly successful in their country of origin often does not mean that he or she will do well in a foreign environment. A manager who is very well respected by his or her Dutch peers for having a very down-to-earth, and trusting leadership style may find that upon moving to Latin America, his subordinates…

What is Your ‘Safe Haven’ to Which You Can Always Return?

Safety, security, stability. They are three friends we will always need in our lives. Or rather, we need them in order to calm that voice within ourselves to go explore and fulfill our dreams. That nagging voice – it will never stop if you let it. It will scream for security louder and louder, the more uncertainty you bring to…

Does Living Overseas Mean Freedom?

For a lot of Germans, Australia is the country of choice when it comes to moving overseas. The question is, why Australia? And, yes, you’ve probably already guessed the answer: its the perceived freedom. They associate life in Australia with backpacking, exploring the vastness of the land, adventure, independence from their social pressures back home, and perhaps a bit of…