a strong goal orientation coming from a clear inner compass
and a healthy dose of independence


(c) dirk anton van mulligen, 2017. Artwork by diederick kraaijeveld.

Young children possess a strong sense of what they want to do, however unrealistic or unwelcome it may seem to adults. That inner freedom gives them the abundant energy to play the game of their choice with all they’ve got. During our formative school years that individual direction is being replaced with fitting in and following the norm. By playing the game instead of changing it.  

Following a path you feel is right when the majority takes and rewards another path, takes a great sense of personally felt responsibility as well: “I’ve got to do it, or no one else will.”.      


Game Change Relevance

The mainstream possesses a strong current, one that is increasingly hectic as well. Keeping your course on this stormy sea is harder than ever before. You need a strong inner orientation and self-directed energy to resist the collective current, to stay your course and to realize something out of the ordinary.

A strong self-referencing quality is crucial to being a game changer, as it’s so easy to get distracted and stray of course. Game changing is an inside-out process, so they have to influence others more than letting themselves be influenced by peer pressure or the hive mind. 


  • Assuming other people share your value system
  • Assuming other people share your sense of purpose
  • Being too independent and wander too far from the mainstream and thus become a misunderstood wanderer instead of a Game Changer

Improve it

  • Be selective in your mental input: news, media and other people’s ideas and opinions often only distract you or make you doubt yourself
  • Let someone else do it, you’re not responsible for everything
  • Spend ample time with your own ideas, values and feelings
  • Relax, nurture yourself and let yourself be nurtured