Suyin Aerts
October 6, 2023


Unfortunately, we can’t always control the outcomes of our efforts. We better prepare ourselves for the possibility of failure.

I think I really understood this way of working during my studies as a project manager. It helped me to temper my everlasting perfectionism, the way my character is, but what I also learned as a dancer, as for a dancer it is never good enough. 

You feel like you are on top of the world, stepping out onto a stage, or hitting “publish” on a post. 

Then a disappointing email or a critical comment about your work sends you plunging into despair. 

You know that feeling? 

Now I take some steps before everything I do, and I even dare to say it makes my work more efficient. I start by making a wish and I imagine the outcome (and that is my best result of course), but then I try to define the obstacles, the risks (within myself but also the risks that I might not be able to control). I try to think ahead about the pitfalls and try to reframe them as opportunities. 

I also have more than 1 goal, in different areas, as a positive momentum in one domain can benefit the other domains, and when something doesn’t work it is not as if your whole world is crumbling down.

I think I will probably never stop pushing myself out of my comfort zone and try to continually improve so I can become great instead of staying good at certain things. 

Following your gut feeling and choosing yourself, should be the first building block or better should always be and stay your foundation.

Believe in yourself and all the other habits become useful when the going gets tough.

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