• We can actually cure ourselves of depression if we recognize that the world we have is good.
  • Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart.
  • It is not just an arbitrary idea that the world is good, but it is good because we can experience its goodness.
  • We have to accept personal responsibility for uplifting our lives.
  • Discovering real goodness comes from appreciating very simple things.

How Fucking Interesting Could This Formerly Unwritten Post Potentially Be

ConnectedI like young, creative, energetic, openhearted people between let’s say 25 and 40. People with vision and passion. And as I type this I realize: who doesn’t? But then again: that’s ok. It just proves that I am not very original. Nah, just kidding. I am not ashamed of resonating with that particular energy of aliveness and creativity. I am fascinated by the idea of inspiring and empowering people who already possess the gift of creativity and being original. There is an element of unpredictable but great potential there. I want to create leverage of inspiration. What would happen if I contribute to the polishing and shaping of diamonds in the rough? What would happen if they all start shining collectively? That, my friends, is what I find a fucking exciting idea.

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In transition

I haven’t been writing in a while. It has to do with me trying to find a new tone or a new voice. I don’t know what that voice will be and I am not sure if I am ready to own that new voice. It all has to do with the new face that this website will receive, hopefully quite soon. The website will receive a new look and feel and will be more professional. The idea is that Basic Goodness will grow up. So right now I am in transition. This is a difficult phase, I feel. I don’t know how it is for you but for it is a phase where you don’t identify with the old anymore but the new hasn’t arrived yet. What is inside the cocoon? Is it a caterpillar? I don’t think so. And it is not a butterfly either. I wonder if there is a word for it.

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Dreams and intentions for 2014 (and beyond)

Happy 2014Ha! Here we go! Another brand new year! I wish you a beautiful, prosperous, fortunate, healthy and love-filled 2014. May all your dreams come true. It is funny how a fresh start can inspire. It is just January, not that a spectacular month. But the idea of a new year has something promising. Every year I start with a self-made exercise that kind of resembles a bucket list. I sit down, take a deep breath and write down all the dreams, wishes and intentions that come to the surface of my awareness. I don’t give it much thought, I just write down what comes up during 5 minutes, without holding back and without editing. At the end of the year I remember and look back what I wrote in January. It is quite surprising to see how much became true (and what didn’t).

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2013 Was Not Bad. Thanks For That!

Selfie made on beautiful day in Les Deux AlpesA little more than 24 hours and 2013 is over. Every new year I make a list with dreams and intentions, I forget about the list and about now I remember and take a peek. I just read what I wrote almost a year ago. It is almost surreal to realize I was in Colombia last NYE, about to miss my plane back to The Netherlands to see what would happen if I had no plan, no plane ticket, nothing. It worked out. The weirdest thing that happened to me was that I unexpectedly flew back in June and that I am leading a pretty normal life again. I have been feeling kind of gloomy today. I just returned from a little snowboarding adventure (that was awesome and included fresh powder on the last day). It was great to go snowboarding with a buddy but it was also an opportunity to avoid Christmas.

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How to Really Get Flat Abs and Inspire the World in 8 Simple Steps (and Have Amazing Sex Afterwards)

Atalwin apres Hypertrophy CampSome weeks ago fellow blogger and fellow contributor at Elephant Journal and The Good Men Project Kate Bartolotta rocked the internet with a post called “How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps”, harvesting some 96k or so shares on Facebook. And guess what? Her post doesn’t even tell you how to get flat abs! So forget about amazing sex and ruling the world. So I wondered what my newly restored flat abs could teach me. Let me share with you what Kate didn’t: the road to flat abs and inspiring the world with help of Nelson Mandela's teachings.

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Questions Of Professional Identity And Purpose

Basic Goodness after This, That & The OtherIn my previous post I told about how the idea of potential success terrifies me. But it also excites me. I have the feeling that magicians have crossed my path and I want them to penetrate the essence of my being and blend all the ingredients I accumulated into something tasty, innovative and appealing to all the senses, like you see these chefs do in cooking shows. I want to be put in an ejection seat and have myself launched into a vast space of endless possibilities. That means that I don’t want ‘just’ an appealing website but an idea and a strategy that serves as a springboard to travel, teach, meet inspiring people, grow, share, explore and contribute to our humanity. I want them to build a customized instrument that turns the stuff I say and do into music that benefits and inspires others and is worth spreading

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What A Little Childhood Trauma Can do For You

Great CatchI wanted to start by saying ‘so far, so good’ and then say something about my buddies the advertising guys that I hired. I think they just asked me for my zip code to send me their invoice and that means pretty much that there is no way back: I have formally hired their services and I have been officially accepted as their client. I realize that by saying ‘so far, so good’ I keep the option open for a possible change of events. It seems impossible to get myself to believe I am actually good enough. It is strange that I go back and forth from being super excited and hopeful to downplaying my hopes, desires and expectations. “Don’t be too excited or else you might end up disappointed” is a voice that whispers in my enthusiastic ears.

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Not Just About A Drone Operator

Drone OperatorIn the article I found an interesting piece of information regarding the changing perception of what PTSD is. It says: "For decades the model for understanding PTSD has been “fear conditioning”: quite literally the lasting psychological ramifications of mortal terror. But a term now gaining wider acceptance is “moral injury.” Writing something thoughtful about that would probably reach more people and possibly reach psychologically or spiritually wounded people who could really use some healing. I know I can do it. Do I take up that responsibility? Is it wrong if I write about something more mundane? Both topics are on my mind right now, they are both just as real. And then I am not mentioning the fact that I also found out that my posts about the gym and my body transformation get a lot of traffic.

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How to fail at meeting the girl of your dreams

Danny Tenaglia 7 hour set @ Amsterdam Dance EventFor some reason I felt I had a good chance. She looked like a girl that is so pretty that she doesn’t care that much about looks anymore. I felt I only had to prove to be able to overcome the obstacles. I felt as if she was waiting. She didn’t make it hard on me. I only had to figure out how to get to her. But I did not pass the test. Since we haven’t spoken a word my image of her is still untainted. By now she has grown in my mind into this warm, loving, sexy, smart and sensual woman who is a wise and funny conversation partner, a great lover and cooks as good as she dances. Now that I think of it: she probably would be a great mother for our children too.

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My Ego Pissed Somebody Off (And That’s Ok)

Big Ego“Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions or decisions. It’s inevitable, if you are honorable. Trying to get everybody to like you is a sign of mediocrity: you’ll avoid the tough decisions, you’ll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted, and you’ll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential performance because some people might get upset.” When I read the article it resonated with me. If I don’t at least try to manifest what I feel needs manifesting I will definitely be criticized by my Inner Critic. And if I give myself wholeheartedly to what I feel is my purpose others will criticize me.

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    You are visiting the blog of Atalwin Pilon. Since January 2012 I am traveling around the world in search for goodness and meaning. I named my quest "the Quest for the 21 Century Warrior". On this blog I share my adventures, my struggles and my insights. It's all about being human. If that speaks to you and you want me to help you with finding more wisdom, courage and compassion in your life, work or company feel free to hire me as your executive coach, life coach, trainer or brainstorm facilitator. I offer my skills in all the countries I visit and if I am far away I can still coach you personally using Skype.

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