Creativity: How to help yourself generate more ideas in discovering what you want

Creativity … The Oxford dictionary defines it as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”. We often associate it with inspiration, inventiveness and imagination. With space and vast horizons. With Eureka moments and thinking out of the box. There are many different ways in which creativity can help you in discovering what … Read more

Taking charge of the direction your life is taking – Avoiding pitfalls and creating more opportunities

In psychology, there is an interesting concept called “locus of control”. It was first established by psychologist Julian B. Rotter through his work on social learning in the 1950s and ’60s¹. And it still is one of the most researched notions in the field today². Locus of control – often abbreviated as LOC – has … Read more

Why “evidence-based” doesn’t always mean that something will work for you … and what to do about it

Last month marked the 1-year anniversary of Maxand. How time flies!  🙂 When I started, I couldn’t have imagined that over 24,500 people¹ from as many as 115 countries would find their way to the site in the very first year. But what’s even more encouraging for me to see is that readers seem to find … Read more

The people around you: Tips on handling your social context while discovering what you want

Henriette was always there. No matter how people would shout at her in anger, cling to her in desperation, pressure her to agree to hopeful delusions. No matter how good or bad the news, she was there for a much-needed hug and words of encouragement. For practical support and gentle advice. Solid like a rock, … Read more

When life as you know it ceases to exist – How to face the challenging mix of priorities in life-changing conditions

It’s election time in Indonesia. Candidates face the daunting challenge of introducing themselves to over 193 million voters. Across thousands of different islands. Stretched over 3 timezones. From big, bustling cities to remote jungle villages. Incumbent president Joko Widodo has decided to share the story of his life on social media¹. He tells of a … Read more