No days off

There is no rest for me in this world. These first two days of the new Q, I allowed myself some time to rest, to compensate myself for the hard work done in the first six months of the year. It just blew up in my face. Doubts and worries creep in up until the point of questioning my very existence. It happened before and the situation is easily resolved by simply start working again. For me, there are no days off. Not anymore.

Handle it

“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.”

— Tupac Shakur

In the air

Time flies, and it waits for no one. Week twenty-six has started today and it marks the final week of the second quarter of the year. The summer has started and the temperatures rise, yet there is no time to take the pressure off. We set out to only increase the work-load in the next quarter. More energy in the air equals more things to create and more money to make. Let’s give the final week of this quarter everything we have got, all in order to make the next one even better.

Tweebenig

Helemaal fock’op hoor ik m’n buurvrouw roepen ‘Sepp hou die bal nou is laag, anders vat ik ‘m af! En je moet ook met links schieten! Niet alleen met rechts, allebei. De beste voetballers zijn tweebenig!! Ook links! Moeilijk he? Hahaha’. Made my day.

Thunder

Everyone has been preparing for the Thunder today. First, hell was supposed to be raised at 1, postponed to 4 and then all of ‘m were wondering why it did not fall, yet. As of this writing, the code-yellow-waters did not fall out of the sky as expected, yet. It rumbles above the Office. The lights of lightning are showing in the dark clouds, but it did not strike, yet. The lesson here is simple; allow everyone to expect and prepare for shit (fear) that does not come. Let me make money, no matter the circumstances. Even if that means we do get wet, sometimes. Fuck it.

Focus and Determination

Long days, long nights: this is how we live. If you want to be alive and even thrive in this world of the costs, you will have to focus, work harder, keep your head up and claim success when the time is right. Take your time to find out what you want, because society tries to kick you out of balance and off route all the time. The key is to know what you want. Set SMART goals and make SMART decisions, all day long. You must do everything you can to make it happen; no one else will do it for you. Once you know where you want to go and find the focus and determination to get it no matter the costs, the route will find you.

Ondernemend

Altijd onderweg
gelukkig wel steeds vaker op de zaak
vele zaken in de maak
de showroom bleef nog heel eventjes op gesloten
deze maand wat vaker open
zonnetje begint te komen
en begint het allemaal te lopen
stapje voor stapje loop je uiteindelijk zo naar boven
het gaat er om waar je wil komen
en of je wilt werken aan je dromen.

The Final Push of the Year

Proud to say the dots are put on the I today. The WALKINSTAIRS board has been put up on our very first official store called the SHOWROOM. You can find the showroom in Waalwijk, in the Stationstraat at number 76. In the showroom, you will find a variety of brands from the internet, combined with the WALKINSTAIRS brand! Since the final push of the year happened today, we are done for this year. In January, we will continue building. Let’s finish up the old and see you in the new!

Point on the i

Yeah, looking towards the end of year, you could start wondering about the year thus far. What you set out to do this year, might be closer then you think. It could be so close, that with a point on the i here and there, the result can be here, in this year. You need to find the proper tasks that are on your priority and work your ass off to make it happen. As of today, there are 16 days left on the calendar for this year. It is time to make it to the final push. Finish what was started at the beginning of this year. 

There Are Rules

If you want to achieve something in this world, in this life, you can not do it by keep following your own rules. You need to understand what you want to achieve first, and of course, you will aim big. Next, you fail bigger, as you did follow your own rules and you did not understand the way the game works. After failing for a thousand and one times, you finally start to get a grip on the unwritten rules of the game. Because, even if you keep your optimism through all the hardships, you need to follow the rules of this world in order to make your dreams reality and actually make something out of life. Against all odds, we will.

Yeah, it is.

“Good morning, Alphie!”, Thomas Shelby saluted his partner in crime. “Yeah, it is.”, Alphie Solomons replied. He did not automatically accepted the proposition that it was a good morning; he first thought about it to see if it really was a good morning. That day it was. Some days it is not. Circumstances can make it hard to see everything in the right perspective and it took the boys some time to get the mindstate back on ready and positive. After a great night sleep, the day is here to say Good Morning. Simply because yeah, it is a good morning!

The Next Day

It all still seems to be so complex, and yet it can be simple. Looking at situations in the past reminds me how it all could have gone differently, yet it is only the way ahead that counts; the next day. There you can do it differently, with new actions that you can try. Plenty of opportunities if you know where to look, yet you have to make enough money to take care of your costs side of things. If you got that handled, you can work towards better things, yet it will always be a rough process, as the more pressure you take on, the harder the battle. If you would 10x your monthly income as a goal, you need to change strategy and tactics in order to get there, so you find yourself thinking differently. It doesn’t matter anyway, because you can not know what happens tomorrow when the alarm goes off. Do you snooze or do you jump up and out and under the shower? Don’t know yet…

Nothing is Free

After missing a goal or deadline, you start wondering what you have done. You find the problem, in order to have a solution next time. You have to reschedule the goal, but never lower it. You should be prepared. The problem lied in the business modal, as nothing is for free in this world, and many things haven’t been billed over the last few years. Always saw this as investing in learning, and there is nothing wrong with that. Now however, it is time to capitalize on skills acquired and experience gained, in order to make sure the goals set can be brought into reality. Hard lessons are best, even though the process is not fun. Nothing is free.

Mission Impossible

Someday you write about respecting the process. The next day you work towards reaching a goal you really need to happen, but it ended up being simply not doable in this short period of time. Talk about not respecting the process. Everything has its time and you can not force. You can try to push harder, but the process will not allow it. Once that conclusion was reached, the text said; mission impossible, blown off. Time for a resting night, picking up pieces, re-strategize the plan. You can learn every day eh?

Respect the Process

Good things take time to grow, dreams take time to become reality. Once you set out to reach a certain goal, you can make it happen by finishing the process from A to Z. You need to take every step in between, or the process will be corrupted. You must not expect anything, because that is imagining how things should be, and they never do. You only look at the now and handle what is right in front of you. Your goal is set, so keep your patience, respect the process and eventually, you will see how exactly it all turns out.

Summer Vibes

Have to say, once the cleaning up day was over, the house felt totally refreshed. The office was moved out, everything organized and cleaned up, it was like the house was ready for new opportunities. That night, it felt like the fall fell over us, as it was windy. Nieuwe dag, nieuwe kansen, nieuwe ronde. Old friends opened some bottles of wine and there was musica. For some, the night ended early, for some it continued ‘til the late hours. The next day; summer vibes!

Bloody Hot

Today is yet another intense day filled with heat in the air and energy in the bodies. It is supposed to be vacation period, but these boys are running, all focused on different aspects of the brand. The gym is slowly taking its shape. The fashion collection has been ready for a few weeks, and its slowly making its entrance into the streets. The boys wear the proudly and the ladies look great in the shirts as well! Today we have received our product photographs that look pixel perfect. It’s great to see all the stitching turned into our ideas into a stylish originals collection. I can feel it around me that it makes people proud to wear a shirt, powered by a lifestyle vision that is motivational for many. The boys have decided before to turn the world upside down this summer. We make steady progress, even in 36 degrees. Walk with us!

Never Surrender

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”

— Tupac Shakur

Always Walkin Stairs

You can now follow us through our instagram account @alwayswalkinstairs. The ladies IG and AK will keep you up to date with the latest around the WALKINSTAIRS brand, the lifestyle, the fashion and the people who actually do take the stairs daily. Together, we build the brand to reflect our vision on success; setting big goals and taking the small steps to get there, no matter how hard it gets. Walk with us!

The Summer Is Here

The last daily was published on the 23th of April 2018, which has been ages. Writing has moved to the background for a while, simply because we are involved in a lot of work regarding other aspects of the brand. We do have some exciting news! SM has been extremely busy building the gym, with the goal to have our own place to train and provide you with vlogs on WHY and HOW we train. SV and CB have been working their ass off to get our webshop going, as we are now involved in FASHION! We have spent many hours stitching up the caps and shirts ourselves and we can not wait to see people walkin stairs in them! Everything is handmade by the boys! The teamwork is going smoother and everything is starting to come together. You will see that soon. For now, finish as many tasks as you can and remember to take your time to enjoy the progress: the summer is here!

How Progress Looks In The Struggle

The struggle is real. Everyone involved with the walkinstairs lifestyle is feeling the pressure to make shit happen in this world. The team switched tactics about how to get shit done; everyone has their own tasks to complete to make the big picture for real. It is all about progress and finding the right way to do things. Last week the sun finally broke through the clouds and we enjoyed recharging the battery after the winter. Everyone felt good, also because a lot of results were produced. Important steps toward the goals were walked. Hold you breath for just a few weeks, because once summer hits the streets, so will we. You can already walk with us through the walkinstairs steemit community.

Originals

What about fear? Originals feel fear, too. They’re afraid of failing, but what sets them apart from the rest of us is that they’re even more afraid of failing to try. They know you can fail by starting a business that goes bankrupt or by failing to start a business at all. They know that in the long run, our biggest regrets are not our actions but our inactions. The things we wish we could redo, if you look at the science, are the chances not taken.

— Adam Grant, the surprising habits of original thinkers

The Few Destructive Ones

“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.”

— ANONYMOUS

Many people believe that always doing more lead to success. Many keep adding things to the agenda, while you should instead skip the few destructive ones. You do not have time for things that sit as a roadblock on your route towards your goals. Identify them and see them removed from focus. Because if you don’t, you lose the person you could have been. Read and learn.

Behind the Scenes

We have been quite lately. Many aspects of the lifestyle of our team are in high speed development, which means we have to focus our attention where most needed. In recent times, these were the streets, the gyms, the fields and the offices. Everything is coming together to a phase where results comes from the actions, efforts and faults put in. We started to work as a team, even if we are not constantly together every day. We operate on more levels at the same time now. This is what we call progress. I like it.

We approach week thirteen. In this week twelve of 2018 there is only one Saturday night and Sunday left. Time flies us by, but at least we live it. Sunday is football day. SM is playing at 12:00 and after; visit the game of the new club of SV. When we have the sun shining, it promises to be a action packed day and a great closing of week twelve.

So what are we up to in the coming week?

We are talking with a new partner to help us launch the vlog. Some footage has already been shot by the hands of SM, SV and MG. The WALKINSTAIRS vlog will show you how we train, eat and make moves. These are exiting goals with an important mission. In this we can put in effort because A: we like it ourselves and B: we can show you a different way of living, that might give you new insights in what is possible and C: we like to help people and we believe we can do that perfectly with video.

We also expect to receive our first line of shirts and caps and that, is about time. We did extensive research to find the right partner and quality of material. Then we designed the labels and payed the bill. Now we wait for the goods to come in, so that we can actually show the world we are part of the WALKINSTAIRS lifestyle. The label contains ‘WALK WITH US’ for the simple reason we want people to join the lifestyle of those who wear it. The man or woman in the shirt or with a cap on the head will show you how the way in achieving something. Probably only powerful, creative, intelligent people who do not fit in any corner of our current society will wear it. And that’s great. Which is exactly the reason we did it: we want to see people walk that fucking stair to a point he or she feels right. We will have shirts in black and white, for women and men. We will also have a black cap that will make people wonder which brand this is. And when they finally ask, you can say, this is not a brand; this is a fucking lifestyle.

Yes. We can not wait to make everything a reality. We have many plans going from there. We just need to walk these stairs ourselves. Faster.

Having been cut down, it fluorishes

“Just imagine if we could accept in this spirit all the suffering that inevitably comes to each of us on our pilgrim way to our true homeland, receiving it even with gratitude, seeing it as the pruning of which our egos stand so much in need. ‘Succidi, virescemus’, cut back, we will sprout up with even greater spiritual vigour. With an attitude like that, nothing in this world could really hurt us.”

Succisa virescit

Imitation is Suicide

On why you should always be your own man, even if you are a woman. On why you should not follow man-made rules but live by principles.

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, makes much impression on him, and another none.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

The Problem

“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”

— Charles Bukowski, Women

Control the Outcome

I told myself many times before, do not futurize. Do not think you can predict the future because you can not control what happens. These were insights from from a defensive position. When you go on the offensive and you want to achieve something, you WANT and HAVE to control the future. Simply because you need the right circumstances for your plan to succeed. The more you have thought about everything that could happen, based on real-life and up-to-date information, the better you could control the outcome. If you are a leader who wants to make your goals happen, you have got to decide for yourself what your future looks like. You can not allow the world to decide for you, as that makes you a follower.

A way of living

The Daily has just got a new purpose. We have recently learned that our brand is a lifestyle, a way of living. We are going to show you how we operate.

Every one in our team is working towards better things. We are individuals with knowledge that it is own responsibility to achieve the goals we want to. We have learned that it takes time, effort and patience. Lessons came with high prices in our history and we kept going anyway. We believe everything we have to achieve is possible, without exception. Our dreams have always been big. Our failures have been bigger. But our ambition to make happen what we want in this world is the strongest. We keep on taking the stairs and one day, we will look down and see how far we went. And we want you to walk with us.

The Daily will show our daily operations. It is like your daily insight into real life team work. You will see SM getting his body in top condition on YouTube. You will see CB on the fashion side of things. You will see SV writing you your Daily.

You will see a lot of things going on and we are not even warmed up. We will keep you posted.

Just walk with us.

Two natures

“In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be we are.”

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Man of the World

Of medicine too he was fond of talking, and with those of its practitioners whom he most esteemed,- with Corvisart at Paris, and with Antonomarchi at St. Helena. “Believe me,” he said to the last, “we had better leave off all these remedies: life is a fortress which neither you nor I know any thing about. Why throw obstacles in the way of its defence? Its own means are superior to all the apparatus of your laboratories. Corvisart candidly agreed with me that all your filthy mixtures are good for nothing. Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind. Water, air and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote on Napoleon; Man of the World.

Betrayed

“Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson,

The Offensive

The people around you can make your life difficult. Once you notice this, you could take (unconscious) action to defend yourself against these threats. Defending is reacting to actions of others. However, some do not accept others to set the boundaries for their life and they decide to take the opposite route to freedom, the offense. All of us have the creative and aggressive power to create the life you want, instead of allowing others to limit you in any way. You just need big balls.

World of Costs

The costs of being your own boss have been drastically increased over the last years. As an active entrepreneur you face the consequences when you don’t look to the financial future. Your current money should be used to pay all the costs involved to be your own boss. If you want to keep your head up, even in troublesome times, do not spend too much on living wealthy. Spend all of it on paying the bills and make sure you invest in things that give results in the long run. In this cycle of earning, paying and investing, you got to make sure your income is up. Otherwise you will drown in this world of costs.

Talk is cheap

Talking is silver, silence is gold. This saying has been more relevant than ever. When you say how something is going to happen, you create the circumstances yourself it will never happen in this way. When you keep yourself from talking about (and thinking about) expectations, you keep possibilities open. You might end up with a different route to the desired outcome. This is when happens when you keep your silence about and your focus on the results. You do not have to talk about them, the outcome will make the noise. Keep your tongue in check.

Positive thinking

Once in a while, you feel you are losing control, as time goes on and situations unfold. You could have had a very positive mind-state when it all started, which might have turned into a negative one that made you angry. Yes, it happens to the most positive people, too. When it happens, it’s natural, and it’s a sign you need to take a step back, see your own faults and move forward positively again.

No part

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”

— Steve Maraboli

Formula for failure

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”

— Herbert Bayard Swope

Potential of the future

“Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.”

— Roy T. Bennett

Slowly

Taking time for things is important. You do not need to rush many things in life, as patience is one of the most important virtues you can practice. If you rush things, you loose focus and more importantly you could loose your grip on reality. You need to see clear if you want to do things the right way, so you need to know what is going on around you and the goals you’ve set out to achieve. You need to see things how they are, not how you want them to be. That usually takes more time to achieve than you would like it to be, as everyone wants to be on the top with one big jump. But it is the patience to take one step at the time that slowly brings you to the top.

True goals

It has been said that successful people take small steps towards big goals. The bigger their dreams, the more they need to work, the bigger the challenges will be. Circumstances will alter their strategies and tactics, but the goal only gets more clear when challenges gets conquered. That is only true when the goal is true. Otherwise your motivation might get scattered by the hardships. If you want to be successful, find your true goals. Next, go to work.

Dance

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

— William W. Purkey

Empowering Routines

Routines are important. People that has made it to successful living have build routines that empower and support their efforts to live like they want. Just like with anything, the first step is the hardest. Once you get over that, the routine is easier to follow. Once you do the routine for thirty days, it becomes natural behavior for you. Just make sure you pick healthy routines that empower you in the long run. All successful people do that, learn from them.

Man and Superman

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Way to Success

Strategize your way to success. You need to plan to get things done. Not specifically, but work your way through a raw planning. Define the outcome, what you want to achieve and then find the actions required to make that work. Finish them one by one, but make sure your keep your plan flexible as circumstances will change, for sure. Plan your actions roughly to the desired outcome and then, put in the work.

Fresh Start

Many tasks has been completed in the last year. The switch to the new year marks the time for a fresh start, to leave everything behind and move beyond the times that have passed. The time is here for new goals, new plans and new tasks. Now is the time for a fresh start.

Happenings

What happened happened. What is about to happen happens how it happens. What happens now is what matters. At the end of the year, we know we can’t change what did happen. We can at least learn from these happenings and make sure it happens differently next year. We do this one moment at the time, step by step. Walk with us.

Kick in the door

Nothing has a place between you and your goals. You are the only one to make sure the road ahead is cleared of obstacles. At times, you need to kick in the door only to see the door was put there by people who do not want you in the game. Now take the stand, make your goals come to life. Wait for no one and do not let anything stop you. Kick in that fucking door.

Handle it

“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.”

— Tupac Shakur

Glory Days

Being with your family and close friends is not always what you are able to do. You need to take risks, make moves, shake the ground, slay the thunder from the sky, act big, eat healthy, explore possibilities, jump off cliffs, train intensely, fail like you never did before, make love, share stories, learn what interests you, help others and be free. You need to protect your time, your money, your body, your mind, and your positivity. You need to live free to be free. Since you have put in the work, you now have earned the time to be present with your family and close friends. These are glory days.

Order from Chaos

At times, your head can explode with all the things you need and want to do. Writing them down on paper can allow yourself to actually see what you have to do and prioritize. This way, you don’t have to think about them, you can just do them. Every step you take brings you closer to your goals. Always see Chaos as a possibility to create Order. And if you have too much Order, try adding some Chaos to shake things up. So, you are never done anyway.

Be done with it

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dominating Your Time

It is not always easy to determine what to do with your precious time. If you have sight, you might prioritize doing something that you like in the present, this moment. If you have vision, you might invest time in things that you do not like to do now, but what you know will bring you results in the long run. You need to dominate your own time as this will directly determine how many of your goals get done and dreams become reality. Focus on the actions that bring you closer to a long term reality that you like. You might need to skip a night with friends for that now, but you get closer to your goals by doing so. So what do you want in life?

Close Efficiently

December can be closed quite efficiently if you do not get distracted by all the fun things you could do. You can finish a lot while everyone is unwinding and partying. If you made your to-do list for this month, you know where to put your focus. If you manage to check off everything, you will start with a clean sheet in the next year. You should aim for that, because why would you want to carry dead weight if you can cut it loose in this month? Focus, then get to work. Sleep when the work is done.

Face the Floor

“Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.”

— Stanley Arnold

At times, it is a good thing to go for something and end up doing it wrong. To slip and face the floor. When that happens, it does hurt and you can feel like you fucked up everything. You might have to reflect on all your actions to find the problem behind the fail. It can be easier to find a quick way to ‘mask’ the ‘symptoms of the problem’, but not to solve the actual problem itself. When masked, the problem will return in another form, usually with a greater mess-up as a result. You thought you had solved the problem, but you did only removed it out of sight. In order to really learn from failures, you need to get to the source of the problem in order to find a solution. This is how problem solving works.

Clean Up

If you feel stuck in your current situation, start by cleaning up. If you do not manage your todo list efficiently, some tasks keep on coming back in your head. Especially these annoying tasks. First, organize your head by putting these tasks on paper. Then, start doing them one by one. Once you finish it, clear it off your list and you will clear it from your head, creating space and energy for new tasks. One by one, you find yourself more organized. This leaves room for all your other tasks. Just do it, clean up.

What’s Done Is Done

Once in a while you come to the conclusion you have been living your life in a way that does not work for you in some way. You need to do something else. You need to change. Once you reach that conclusion, it is easy to blame yourself for not seeing this earlier, for ignoring your gut feeling. You can blame yourself for past mistakes. This does not change anything. The only thing you can do is change your future by changing your actions. You are not able to change your past, you should focus on changing your future.

Dress Up

If you want to feel good, make sure you look good. If you want to earn more money, make sure your choice of clothing matches your ambition. You could go to a client meeting or network event underdressed, and that might work, but you will be valued less in terms of status, income and even self-respect. Not that you should care about the opinions of others. But when talking about increasing your income, you should prioritize this. Dress up.

Rainy Days

The winter has officially made its mark. It is cold, windy and rainy. The darkness sets in early too. This means you do not see the sun for a while and this can have a big impact on your mood and energy levels. You do not only receive vitamin D from sunlight. It also affects hunderds of other processes in your body and skin that need the sun to function the right way. These processes work less efficient now. Keep your head up and when you can get a bit of sun, always take it.

Push the Limits

Every day you can do something that push your limits. You can challenge yourself. In fact, you must. You only become better at anything when you face and solve difficulties in any given area. You grow by overcoming. History has proven that practically anything can be achieved with persistance and will-power. You just should not be afraid to push through limitations put on by the world or your own mind. Keep pushing.

Days Fly By

Yes, the beer is opened again. The Daily from yesterday is still online. It is quite an interesting quote. You can always decide for yourself how you solve your problem. It’s about the attitude, the way you approach life and the everyday situation. Do you make it happen or do you skip many opportunities? With the right attitude you can do many things, that has been proved everywhere. Learn, eat healthy, set big goals, try to make it happen, learn, try again, wake up, coffee, running for hours, sleep and repeat. We doing this anyway.

This Month of the Year

You know, this year is not yet over. Many people already talk about next year, for example they aim at new years’ resolutions. If you want something, do not wait for the new year. This month, when it’s cold, has everything you need to make something happen. You do not need to look too far ahead, this month has 31 days of 24 hours to get a head start on all these people that see this as a party month. You can make it happen while everyone sleeps. Go!