Manufacture Your Day by TAKING A DEEP BREATH

Have you ever heard the quote, “It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”

Isn’t this so true?

Sometimes I think that people create habitual patterns of telling others how stressed they are. They associate stress with negative situations in their life but that’s not necessarily true. Stress can also be good for us.

There are two kinds of stress and I encourage you to think about the difference.

1) Eustress, or positive stress, has the following characteristics:

  • Motivates, focuses energy.
  • Is short-term.
  • Is perceived as within our coping abilities.
  • Feels exciting.
  • Improves performance.

A few examples: Marriage, Promotion, Raise, Having a Child, Vacation, Retirement

2) Distress, or negative stress, has the following characteristics:

  • Causes anxiety or concern.
  • Can be short- or long-term.
  • Is perceived as outside of our coping abilities.
  • Feels unpleasant.
  • Decreases performance.
  • Can lead to mental and physical problems.

A few examples: Divorce, Job Loss, Trouble Sleeping, Unemployment, Money Problems, Death of a Loved One; 

There are times when we have to deal with difficult situations and we should be mentally prepared for these times. 

Your mind is trying to drive you nuts if you don’t know what to do about it. Control your mind or it will control you. 

If times seem to be super stressful for you….

  1. Remove yourself from the situation for a little while
  2. Identify your stress triggers
  3. Take a deep breath – inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…
  4. Go for a short walk in nature  
  5. Remind yourself that everything is going to be o.k. 

Accept yourself and where you are at when it comes to stress management.

Keep calm. You will get a little bit better each day. 


It’s Monday late afternoon and I am thinking about another (hopefully valuable) message for YOU. 

Thankfully there is always something that comes to mind. 

Have you ever noticed that way too many people live in the negative land of “W” – wishing, whining and wasting everyone’s time? 

I like to call them energy vampires because they tend to suck the life out of you. 

Do you know what I’m talking about? 

Negativity is a disease. These people find a problem for every solution. Sometimes they are not aware and I have seen some pretty amazing results when people in my workshops had their own “lightbulb moments”.  It’s awesome when this happens because that’s when they start to look at their personal and professional life from a different perspective. It’s a truly life changing moment for them. 

People become conditioned by their environment (negativity, mediocrity, complacency, entitlement) BUT the good news are that they can do something about it. 

My simple insight today:

Surround yourself with good people. Their energy is contagious. 

These are the people who…

  • live life with passion
  • are interested rather than interesting
  • have goals and are self-motivated
  • you can learn from
  • push their limits and possibly yours
  • are happy
  • have positive energy
  • are mentally and physically fit
  • inspire you to become the best you can be

If you want to fly with the eagles, you can’t swim with the ducks. 

Every day I try to walk in your shoes. Now go and find these eagles. 



Monday morning: Are you ready to make it an awesome week? 

Did you know that 70 % of people speak about what they want to “get away from”? 

They know what they don’t have, don’t like and don’t want, and they speak about it all day. 

It is not difficult to spot problems. We all excel at that. 

Have you ever noticed that people spend a lot of time focusing on problems? They look for problems all day long and 99.9 percent of the time they get just what they asked for. It seems to me that even new and highly motivated employees are getting worn out by this mindset. 

We have come so “problem-centric” that we can’t see all of the opportunities around us. It’s as if we are blindfolded. 

Can this be the reason that we tend to move sideways or in circles instead of forward? 

Are you ready to challenge yourself? 

  • Be mindful of what you give your attention to.
  • Believe that anything is possible and it will be.
  • Think and speak in a more positive and encouraging manner.

Have you ever considered that the only genuine problem you may have is your perspective? 

Inhale gratitude and tolerance, exhale joy. Be joyful. Move joyfully. Speak joyfully. That’s the energy you will create around you. Good energy = higher productivity!

Woohoo! What a difference this will make. 

As always, I am rooting for you. 


Happy Friday! 

Are you happy with the results you get in your life right now? 

  • How would you describe your health and well-being? 
  • What is your plan to enhance your finances?
  • How regularly do you spend quality time with your family? 
  • Do you have a great network of friends – people who lift you up rather than bring you down?
  • What life-enhancing experiences (seminars, trips, adventures, sport events, theatre, concerts, meeting your favourite role model) have you scheduled for this year? 
  • How mindful are you day in and day out about your interactions with others? 
  • Do you feel you have a meaningful relationship with your life partner? 

You may not want to hear that BUT everything you have or don’t have in your life right now is based on the choices you made in the past. 

Have you ever noticed that some people always get that bad boss? Have you ever observed that some women always attract the cheaters or some men always gold diggers? Have you ever heard about that person who people constantly take advantage off? 

What’s the common denominator? 

The person is the same but if they always make the same choices, they will always get the same results.

Most people are in the passenger seat of life. They are on autopilot and wait what life has in store for them. Life happens to them because they’re not mindful and they don’t have a plan. 

Today I would like to encourage (=help you to get the courage) to get into the driver’s seat. 

What would it take to become more strategic about your life and the choices you make? 

  • If you want to take a vacation, plan for it. 
  • If you want to take a seminar, plan for it. 
  • If you want to learn a new skill, plan for it. 
  • If you want to meet your life partner, plan for it.
  • If you want to spend more quality time with family and friends, plan for it. 
  • If you want to lose weight and become physically active, plan for it. 
  • If you want to bring more excitement into your relationship, plan for it. 

I am a very spontaneous person and I don’t always like to plan but if I want to enhance a certain area in my life, I suddenly become a life strategist. 

Why not fine-tune your life story by rewriting certain chapters of the script?

Ready. Set. Go.

Manufacture Your Day by BEING DETERMINED

On January 9, 2007 I officially registered my own business.

Happy Anniversary to me and Karico International Inc.  

It has been 12 years of overcoming my own shortcomings, fears and struggles. Where did the time go? 

I can only tell you that I would have never grown as much as a person had I not taken the challenge. I think I haven’t been in my comfort zone ever since but this is also where the magic happens. 

As someone who has neither an university degree nor a MBA, and as a woman who knew next to nothing about business, I am just one of the many examples who showcase that passion and purpose are a very powerful combination. 

Despite the financial struggles in my early beginnings I have never had a Plan B. Many people asked me what I will do when things don’t work out and my response was always the same, “How can you be fully committed to Plan A when you already think about failure by making a Plan B?” 

From day one I had the vision to become internationally the best corporate training company for the manufacturing industry.

I like to dream big. Is that a crime?

I can remember this business advisor in my early business days who told me, “Karin, you cannot even work your own backyard. How can you think about building your business internationally?” 

Ouch. This was certainly a pretty cruel comment but looking back, it has been comments like this one that made me mentally stronger.  

Are you ready for my mental strategy on this beautiful Thursday morning / afternoon / evening (wherever you are in the world)?

People cannot make you feel bad or inferior if you are in control of your emotional response. 

If people say things to you that you don’t like or that hurt you, you must find a way to smile, remove yourself from the situation and let it go, let it go, let it go…

Their comments come from their own experience and their own level of courage, and this has nothing to do with you. I encourage you to pause, think  and choose your response. 

Ask yourself: 

  • Is it worth it to get upset over this comment? 
  • What does this person know about me? 
  • How much will this matter a week/month/year from now? 

Isn’t it awesome that we have a choice?

Keep believing in yourself and in your dreams. It will be worth it!


How often do you think of yourself as being a difference maker?

Probably not too often. Am I right?

With all the crazy demands in the corporate world most people feel stressed, overwhelmed and out of balance. My observations show that the main reason many people have a difficult time connecting with others is because they have lost connection with themselves.

They are disconnected from their own thoughts, feelings, emotions, values, wishes and dreams. They have lost their authenticity and try to fit into someone else’s world. This is how people become frustrated, discouraged and negative.

Are you one of them? It doesn’t have to be this way. Why fit in when you were made to stand out? 

Let me tell you, I am in the people business and I care. The building, the machines, the processes and procedures are important BUT the people who work there can either make or break the success of the business. 

I care about YOU, your health and your well-being. I want you to know that you are awesome and that your daily contribution matters. It matters a lot. 

Think, feel and act as if every action you set will make a positive difference. Act as if because it does make a difference.

Aren’t you glad I told you? 

Happy Wednesday to you, my awesome reader!