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What is Schema Dynamics Programming

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 06/07/2017


The terminology

“Schema” comes from schema therapy and refers to the maladaptive schemas taxonomy developed by Jeffrey Young, Ph.D. and his collaborators since the ’80s. It is the problem-oriented component of the field, using psychometric questionnaires developed and tested by scientists to evaluate which are the schemas and modes which pathologically influence the emotions, the thoughts, the behavior and the language of the people. Schemas are triggered by traumas, most likely from childhood and, through complications, when activated, may generate discomfort, stress, challenge, failure and ultimately, psychiatric illness.

Dynamics” comes from “Spiral Dynamics”, a field founded in the ’70s by Clare Graves, Ph.D., and it refers to the multiple values levels layered in the personality, which may be changing in time. It is the results-driven component of the field, using advanced psychometric testing developed by professional researchers in order to discover which type of potential and perspective is enabled in order to support the transformational development of the individuals and societies.

Programming” comes from “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” (NLP), the field developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, Ph.D. starting in the ’70s, centered on using complex practical processes in order to provide with models of excellence. Although sometimes presented as a pseudoscience, some fields of NLP, such as metaprograms and values have been psychometrically tested as scientifically valid models of correctly structuring the language, behavior and personality.

ST (schema therapy) and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) have both common roots in Gestalt therapy.

In some NLP Master Practitioner training, the Spiral Dynamics model is studied.



What are the characteristics of Schema Dynamics Programming? How is SDP different from:

  • Psychotherapy?

  • NLP (neuro-linguistic programming)?

  • Spiral Dynamics?

  • ST (schema therapy)?

  • Coaching?

SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) provides the client with a flexible set of processes for personal transformation. This enables the functions of both psychotherapy and coaching: it works both for the traumas in the past and the goals in the future.

SDP provides a directed structure. The schema dynamic programmer knows how to recognize and measure the results of the changes when dealing with personal issues, professional goals, past, present and future. The structure is directed in the sense that the schema dynamic programmer uses both descriptive complex maps and tools to knows where the client is, knows where (s)he wants to go and, after considering the available options (tools, processes, techniques), chooses one or several procedures to follow and monitor.

To merely give an example, as a difference to coaching, the schema dynamic programmer may offer his/her opinion, contradict the client and give advice if necessary. The schema dynamic programmer is focused on practical exercises and homework which require a solid amount of effort (emotional, and even physical and logistic) from the client. This work is both oriented to the past and the future and it does not accept the personality of the client as a given, but as a starting point in the work done, which is a mere effect of life experiences and environment and may be subject to change.

Using this strategic approach, with the appropriate approach, issues such as introversion, panic attacks, PTSD, psychosomatization, phobias, alixitimy, allergies, emotional stress response, abandonment, mistrust, emotional deprivation, entitlement, abandonment and others (to name just a few) can be completely and ultimately removed and replaced with functional systems within the subconscious and the conscious.

As a set of tools oriented towards professional growth, SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) can provide clients with life-changing experiences which enable them to advance in the Spiral Dynamics model within months (in stead of years) and achieve professional and personal benefits such as:

  • job and career change and performance;

  • happy marriages;

  • increased revenues;

  • status change.

SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) focuses, as ST (schema therapy) does as well, on both emotional and cognitive-rational aspects of the change, but where ST (schema therapy) insists on working with modes (especially considering the psychiatric interventions), SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) insists on working with metaprograms. Where ST (schema therapy) insists on working with imagery, SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) has its own, much more effective and advanced process, designed by its founder. Such processes are similar to several NLP techniques but different from all of them, and it does not necessarily involve trance/hypnosis. NLP is also more focused on fast solving of the surface issues, which may work in alleviating effects but not always causes. For example, a metaprogram change can be successful for a healthy adult, but may be undone if at the root of the metaprogram change there is a maladaptive schema caused by an abusive trauma from the past.

Where ST (schema therapy) insists on analysis, SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) insists on homework and delegating as much of the change work to the client, once (s)he earns the skills and learns the processes a model for personal change. While psychotherapy generally insists on the necessity of the process being administered by a state-approved specialist, the SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) processes can be easy, independently learned and applied by each client, provided (s)he has the appropriate personality and skills inclinations. In this sense, SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) is nearer to coaching. While the client is encouraged to use for the self some of the processes, (s)he is not encouraged to become a schema dynamic programmer with other people without proper supervision.

Spiral Dynamics offers a deep conceptual framework which many of the psychologists and psychiatrists are not aware of and not even most of the coaches. On this foundation, an important SDP premise is that almost any NLP-type process can be run, focusing on developing skills and attitudes, once the maladaptive schemas have started to change in intensity. Thus, Spiral Dynamics offers not only a strategic measuring tool, but also a chart, a map of transformations, a clear direction of development once the client is freed from many of the startling issues and also some tools, for most advanced knowledge.


A unified theory of personality psychology

For several decades, clinical psychology and organizational or positive psychology have insisted on different aspects of the human psyche:

  • interpreting the past (retrospection) vs predicting the future (prospection);

  • problems vs. goals;

  • why vs. how;

  • reflective analysis vs. active experience (exercise);

  • addictions vs virtues;

  • learning vs. growing;

  • abstract vs. concrete;

  • personal vs. professional;

  • body vs. mind;

  • solving vs. developing;

  • issues vs. potential;

  • negative vs. positive;

  • mistakes vs. performance;

  • comprehension vs. action;

  • reparation vs. fine-tuning performance;

  • emotions vs. reason;

  • awareness for insight vs. awareness for decision/action;

  • static vs. dynamic; 

  • treating vs training;

  • obstacles vs resources’

  • linear thinking (Aristotelian) vs. systemic thinking (non-Aristotelian);

  • diffusiveness vs. focus;

  • deliberate slowness vs. witty quickness;

  • cautious desurgency vs. exuberant surgency;

  • relationship vs. task;

  • pain vs. excitement;

  • long term vs. medium/short term;

  • acceptance vs. change;

  • diagnosis vs. enhancement;

  • tense strictness vs. moderate willingness;

  • guiding vs. directing;

  • assessment vs. evaluation;

  • teaching vs. knowing;

  • floating vs. flying

and so on.


Differentiating for the future

SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) is not the only mixed approach available. It may even not be the best. But it works, and it will be tested of how well it works in comparison to any of the separate components to which it is compared.

SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) is being developed by Ștefan Alexandrescu as a groundbreaking new field with its own applications and is NOT in direct competition with ST (schema therapy), Spiral Dynamics and NLP. It is important that this field would support the development and most especially, the research of these 3 original fields, on which it is grounded. It is not intended as a substitute, but as an alternative, as an enhancer, as a continuation, as it is different from all of the above mentioned.

However, SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) does clearly enter in competition with:

  • regular psychotherapy

  • coaching

Regular psychotherapists and coaches which lack skills and knowledge in all of these three fields are not accredited, nor advised, nor recommended to clients. As SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) is a practical field, the researchers are challenged to devise experimental tests and projects to compare the effectiveness of SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) with either regular psychotherapy and coaching. SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) is simply different and superior, through techniques, skills and results to regular psychotherapy and coaching. This is not a marketing statement, it is simply a reflection of the reality, based on the obtained. And it’s getting better and better, steady and slowly.

People who are interested in learning these skills are advised to contact Ștefan Alexandrescu directly.

The theoretical component of Schema Dynamics Programming also integrates models from transactional analysis, positive psychology, multiple intelligences, motivational psychology and from landmark specialists such as Jeffrey Young, Clare Graves, Abraham Maslow, Robert Dilts, Anthony Robbins, David McClelland, W. Gerrod Parrot, Robert Plutchick, Brian Tracy (correlating research to be determined) and could be correlated in the future with several other theories. You may download here a synthesis pdf.

Copyright © Ștefan Alexandrescu, 2017. None of the contents of this page can be reproduced without the written express consent of Ștefan Alexandrescu. No exceptions allowed.

If you liked this article, please also read this:

Schema Dynamics Programming with Stefan Alexandrescu (25.12.2016)

How to Live a Perfect Life. Part I. (31.10.2017)

How to Live a Perfect Life, part II. The First 4 Out of 12 Steps, In the Right Order (13.11.2016)

How to Live a Perfect Life, part III. Steps 5-8 Out of 12, In the Right Order (17.11.2016)

How to Live a Perfect Life, Last Part. Steps 9-12 Out of 12, In the Right Order (21.11.2016)

PS: Thanks to Diana Andreea Bădrăgan.


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Ten myths about financial independence and the truth that will set you free. Part II.

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 04/06/2017

I started here last month an article about myths some people are considering while exploring the alternative ways of thinking. I continue today with 5 more myths.

6. Selling is something that everybody hates

The truth is that if you want to earn the respect of others, then you must work in sales. It is not because it’s a job that “everybody hates” therefore it’s challenging, but it’s because it’s a job that if you do well, can earn you a lot of respect. If you don’t do it well, then you should be ashamed of yourself. People hate bad salesmen. In one way or another, everybody works in sales. Therefore, it is mainly important for you to generate the kind of expectations and the kind of image that some other people might like to think of.

So, for example, if a salesman provides for his family, then he might be accepted in the community as a pillar, but if a salesman is ashamed of what his is doing, is not good at it, and does not provide the resources that are expected from a salesman, then he is covered in shame.

Therefore, most salesmen are not good salesmen. It is only because there is not enough place for all the salesmen on all the markets. Therefore you must be a good salesman and good salesmen are respected. So, if you want to earn the respect of others, stop considering salesmen as a past and start working in sales.


7. In order to make money you have to show you have money

I will tell you another perspective. It doesn’t matter how expensive you dress yourself, if you sell yourself short. That means your attitude matters more than what you look like.

So, it is very important for you to consider that people first watch your non verbal communication and then what you are saying. I will give you a practical example. In a busy day, I got out of the house without looking in the mirror. I haven’t noticed how I looked like. That day I made some sales. There were some unexpected sales, because, there were two people that I just met that day. Coming back home, looking into the mirror, I noticed that I looked terrible. And I thought myself: “Oh my God, I have made some sales looking like that! This is impressive! It’s amazing!”

But then I became aware of the fact that those people bought from me not because of my looks but because of my attitude. So, it doesn’t really matter how well you dress. Of course, if you are selling to directors from a company it is important to be well dressed. You don’t have to be perfectly dressed, you don’t have to be dressed from Gucci, but you have to make sure that at least you get the chance of getting an entrance.

So, it might be even more important that you think to dress in clothes, that are, let’s say, white or open-colored, than the quality of the brand that you are using for your clothing.

So, I make here, also, another point, each kind of expense must be considered at least as a tryout to make an investment. Therefore, in example, if you need to impress a client, it’s better to rent a BMW than to have a BMW that you pay for every day.

So, I do not want to minimize the importance of getting through some obstacles in perceiving image. I’m merely suggesting it is more important to have an appropriate attitude.


8. Always do things with strategy

It might come as a surprise that although strategy is important, it is not the most important thing.

In order to conceive an appropriate strategy, you must, first, have an appropriate system, and most people do not think about this. Yes, it’s important to have a strategy for launching a new product, a new line, an invention, something which people have never heard of, but these things are very risky. Usually most business strategies are bases on decisions which have been made in a similar mode with other similar products. So people notice what is the pattern that leads to success and how to reproduce it.

Therefore, in order to have and apply an appropriate strategy, you first have to have a functional system that will be something that works and needs to be optimized. So this is the difference between doing basic merchandising, what is called in Romanian ”bi?ni?ă” and doing business.

So first, you need to have a customer that is available to pay you money for your product, then you have a business. It’s not the other way around, although, it is recommended for administrative and legislative means to do so.


9. It’s important to contribute and to offer charity

It is, of course, important, to make sure that you leave something behind you, to make donations, and keep your generosity gates open. In the same time, it is more important to make intelligent charity. That is, to know who to give money to, why, when and for what. So you do not look like somebody who is just throwing away money, in order to buy other people’s attention, consideration, and respect.

Therefore you need to have some standard and some strategies of evaluating whether the people or the organization which are receiving your money are well documented and are worthy of your money. Giving away money without looking is not charity, it is mere stupidity.

Therefore you need to have questions that you must put to those people that you are giving you money to, and if they don’t give the satisfactory answers, then they don’t receive and they don’t deserve you money.


10. If I don’t work, I don’t have money, therefore, I don’t read

When you don’t have money, buy time through what you are doing when you don’t have money. So, most people tend to worry and think about the periods when they are unemployed or the periods when they are not working as periods when they don’t make money, therefore they afford to waste time. This is very true for some categories of people. It is true for (fool) people, it is true for some employees, it is true for freelancers, for the most of them, at least.

The truth is making money shouldn’t be connected with the work you are doing directly. Making money should be a symbolic result, a simple effect of what you are doing already best. Therefore, reading and personal development, generally, is one of the best investments that you can do while you are not working, or especially when you are not making money. Why? Because you can never know how exactly what you are reading as personal/professional development or a specialty book might do for you in terms of making money. Therefore, that is the most important period when you should invest in yourself: when you don’t have the opportunity to work and/or to make money. This is what will make the difference between when you are down and when you have success.


These have been just some of my personal considerations about financial independence and what some think. I have been reading books and research, I have been listening to audio programs for the last 13 years and I have never found in one resource all that you have available in this article. Therefore, please take into consideration the fact that you need to take all this and verify it in you own experience.

Please come with your own experience and your own suggestions by commenting to this article.

Thank you.

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Ten myths about financial independence and the truth that will set you free. Part I.

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 24/05/2017


Today it is important to consider several things which some people, especially Romanians, might tend to think, concerning the way they should think and act about money. These have been observed based on my own experience and different lectures, studies and books that I have read concerning how to manage finances.


1. It’s good to have some money aside

There is the tendency to think that there is a stash of money that you need to have in some place, generally, proverbially thinking about different directions that those money might take.

Supposedly you fall sick, supposedly you decide to open up a business, supposedly you get fired, supposedly you need to have some securities aside for your old age. But the truth is you need to have several accounts, separately, and you need to have money for all of these directions and then some more. Therefore, the money for rainy days are not money for retirement. The money for retirement are not money for accidents. The money for accidents are not money for insurance. The money for insurance are not money for vacations. And all of these are not economies. So the truth is you have to have several accounts, separately, in which you have to save money. So, individually, you will have to take into consideration all of these necessities and save for each of them, not for just one goal. “Some” soundse very vague. Be precise and prepared.


2. Loan now, pay later

We live in a fast-forward society, that thinks of money as a commodity that can be obtained virtually instantly from a bank, based on the fact that many and each individual are/is employed and produce/s the same kind of money as the day before. So, there is the tendency of living on borrowed money and having the full experience now, better than tomorrow.

What about always thinking that now is going to be better than tomorrow? The problem with this thinking is that if you do think that your whole live is worth living now, better than tomorrow, it automatically means, that tomorrow, for sure, will be worse that today. So the people who work in personal development, prefer to do the opposite, to save money and not to loan money. Why? To make sure that tomorrow is going to be better than today. The way that you make tomorrow better than today is to give up something now, in order to receive something better and bigger in the future. There is such a thing as good debt: debt you make to create capital that multiplies and increases in value, but that’s not the kind of debt most people like to make.

Copyright (C) Irina Chirita, 2015

Copyright (C) Irina Chirita, 2015


3. If you recover all the money you have invested in a business, that means you break even and that’s a success.

That is false. If, from a business, you manage to get only the money that you invested, that means you have been working for free. In truth, in any kind of business, you have to take into consideration all the costs that you don’t see. All the costs which are in inflation, cost of opportunities, and you also have to take into consideration that having your own business, also might mean making more money that you would being hired. Usually, this is what some people consider. So, if all that you’re doing is just making sure that you get all the money that you invested from a business, that means that you should stop before it’s too late. And reconsider the situation.


4. Insuring the future for the family is the most important thing that you can do

Of course, it is important that you take into consideration the necessities, the needs and the wills of your family but I will tell you what is even much more important. That is to take into consideration the needs and the wants of the audience that you are serving. Therefore, it is important for you to always, always, always think of making your clients happy. If you put on the first place making your clients happy, then the family will enjoy your business. But if you put your family first, and think that there is a competition between the needs of your family and the needs of your costumers, it means the you do not have a good balance between the professional life and the personal life. Therefore, you are not a good businessman. So stop, before you hurt yourself. Change the way that you are thinking.


5. I will pay this as soon as I will have the money.

Don’t make assumptions about the time in which you will make payments. Always have some money aside in order to buffer up the periods in which you are waiting for liquidities.

You cannot make responsible decisions based on money that you assume you will receive in the future. The money you are contracted and hope to get are not money that you have gotten. So, better wait until you do have those money and something extra in order to make engagements for paying. This is especially true for personal expenses. Of course, we are not talking about big corporations’ finances. We are talking about small business ownership, entrepreneurs, freelancers, which have a limited budget and want to make payments as soon as they will have money. But making payments as soon as you will have money for it means that you might be running out of money when there is a situation that cause for that necessity.


These have been just some of my personal considerations about financial independence and what some think. I have been reading books and research, I have been listening to audio programs for the last 13 years and I have never found in one resource all that you have available in this article. Therefore, please take into consideration the fact that you need to take all this and verify it in you own experience.

Please come with your own experience and your own suggestions by commenting to this article.

Thank you.

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4 Years Anniversary on my first WordPress blog

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 17/06/2013

There it is: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. This is my fifth year in blogging on my own blog (if you also count, on which I published in 2007, it’s my 6th year). The added periods of my life when I regularly blogged (at least once a week) make the 7th part of my life.

4 years anniversary

If I were to consider only the last third period of this time on Analytic Vision, there have been visits from 118 countries, which is more than on any other blog I have written on, more than half of the states which exist on Earth today – the most, being, of course, from Romania and USA.

I have published on Analytic Vision 232 posts in 4 years, out of which I deleted 79.

I published last year the top of most read articles. What questions to ask your psychologist  is still the most read, totaling 2000+ visualizations. Of course, the most searched phrase from which Google users got to my blog was “questions to ask a psychologist”, while the most searched single word was “analyticvision”.

The most popular subject I have written about is Debug Your Mind, which has become a child-blog independent from this one, two years ago. I published 2 days ago this commemorative post on this event.

There have been  100+ comments published on this blog from various users, out of which I published some I considered most honoring here.

This blog is registered on Zelist here. Analytic Vision‘s position makes it better than 86,57 % than all the other blogs registered in Romania.

A year ago, on very exact date, I published here a list of things that I consider I have learned from blogging. Since then, I have also started to make some money with my Romanian blog, Discerne.  That explains why I now spend less time to write on this blog, but doesn’t excuse it.

The busiest day on my blog was 16 June 2010, when this blog managed to get 245 views, just around its first year anniversary.

Analytic Vision was referred by (in this order): search engines, Yahoo, (my Romanian blog), Facebook,, WordPress, press releases & announcement sites. There were also various blogs which referred less than 100 views each to my blog.

Analytic Vision has allowed me to explain to many people with one or two links important ideas that I have opinions on – a very strategic investment of time (in stead of explaining again and again to every single person).

You can read for yourself, Analytic Vision is a very appreciated, clean, concise and useful blog. I invite you to search for articles in the updated archive and to share my blog with others.

Thank you!

Stefan Alexandrescu,


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The Fight with My Dark Side, part II

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 18/05/2013

This article is a direct follow up to this one and to this one. Please read them in order to follow the logical connections. Also, at the end of this article, you have a list of recommended articles in direct connection to the present subject . 

6. Less Losing in details / Hyper-analysis

Losing myself in details with a too inefficient, stuffy style of splitting the hairs in an overlong in-depth analysis surely negatively impacted my concision. This has become an issue for me first in 2009 – which is also the year I have started the blog “Analytic Vision”. Of course, my analytic capacity is a good quality, but anything used in excess – just as it is my case with persuasion & judgement, damages my reputation. So, starting 2009, I have been constantly striving – and succeeding to decrease my over-analysis. In 2009, this perceived weakness was on the 5th position (11 points). Now, it’s on the 12th position (5,5 points). Twice as better. In the same time, my analytic capacity, as a strength, has almost the same number of points (11.5, compared to 11) as in 2009, and twice as much as in 2008. So this is a clear proof I have improved a defect, while keeping the quality of the strength.

I have succeeded this on writing shorter, more conclusion-focused articles and doing a lot of synthesis.

7. More Discounting of others

Unfortunately, on this aspect, things are not better. In stead, they are worse and have been getting worse since 2009. That is, I started by lack of adaptation to the group and bringing negative energy to the fact I am mismatching others, with lack of diplomacy, cynicism, incisiveness, radicalism, sharpness, disrespect and even disdain. Sometimes I’m rushing into others’ reality, I’m talking too loud or too fast or simply too aggressive for them, or using brutal frankness. All of these makes my integration difficult especially in Romania. I mismatch others’ expectations of what I’m supposed to do, I often have unpredictable behaviour, I say unexpected things and make surprises to other people. This is often considered as a weakness, as a thing which people simply hate about me. This was, in 2012, the 3rd negative aspect in the top, with 20 points (5 times more than in 2006).

I especially have lack of tolerance and acceptance with people who waste my time with non-sense, aberrations, stupidities, small talk and minor, passing, irrelevant details. In some of these cases, I use irony, which may be considered as malice. Of course, it is my right to select the people I’m spending my time with, but there’s no need from my part to be malicious with them. This is an aspect in my communication which deserves being corrected.

I have prejudices and I make assumptions as everyone does. Sometimes, I may not be so clear to explain how I have reached those assumptions/prejudices, but in case anyone wishes to investigate, I can argue it. Therefore, I know a lot of stuff about people, and I write and I talk about it with certitude. Some people might not like it, for different reasons.

This is an important issue for me, because one of my declarative values is respect. In 2012, after finishing the 360 degrees analysis for the 2011 evaluation of feed-backs, I have officially declared war on this weakness on my blog. I have done nothing to work on this. Therefore, the results show me this has grown in the impression of others.

8. More  formalism.

I have especially published an article on this here.

9. More Disorder

I have promised in the article from March that I’d return upon this subject.

The attribute organisation as a strength has kept its place (9th position) and its points. Disorder has gone, as a negative attribute, from the 7th position (9 points) to worse: the 5th position (11 points).

I have a messy room and a chaotic agenda. My schedule was less planned in 2012 compared to 2011. I wanted to study GTD (getting things done), but I haven’t. I wanted to buy a tablet, but I haven’t. I wanted to learn how to use software for organizing my activities, but I haven’t. It all remained at a low level, so much that people actually perceived a worsening about me.

10. Useless theories & impractical dreams

I have come to a new definition of idealism: idealism is the creativity other people see when you don’t have money to put your ideas into practice.

People have generally considered me 50% more idealist (seeing things which aren’t there) in 2012 than in 2011. That is, from the 9 th place with 6,5 points, it has been raised to the 8th position, with 8 points. Still, it is better than in 2006 and 2010. In comparison to 2011, I had bigger plans for 2012, which didn’t come true. They didn’t come true because I decided to put more energy into writing, editing, publishing – articles and books, from which I haven’t gained enough money. For example, not even now, half a year after I published “Căile persuasiunii în negociere/The Persuasion’s Ways to Negotiation”, a book I have long talked about (for example, on this Romanian blog) , I still haven’t recovered the money invested in this project (approx. 700 euros).

My perseverance in writing, even if losing money, is inexplicable financially or practically, otherwise than a long-term investment, for which I expect to see some real results only in 2013 – that means that the results will be noticed only in the 2014 evaluation.

As a general conclusion to the series of articles from this spring about my personal brand evaluation for 2012 (feed-backs collected in October-December 2012 and analysed in March-May 2013), I had 50 % rate of success in the set goals for improving weaknesses and 70% rate of success in improving strengths, which gives me a 60 % success rate, in connection to what I set as a goal. The real success rate is 68 % though, because I have also accomplished other things which weren’t my goals. I am satisfied. This is the way personal development is done step by step, year by year.

It is a process of strategic gathering feed-back, recording it, understanding it, labeling it and transform it from qualitative information to quantitative information, than analysing it, drawing conclusions and setting new goals.

If you liked this article, please also read:

4 +, 4 – (14.01.2012)

Personal Development Goals in 2012 (08.03.2012)

Cine eşti tu şi cum te vezi în oglindă (15.05.2011)

My Personal Development Goals Evaluation For 2012 (30/03/2013)

About My Excessive Formalism & the So-Called “Lack of Empathy” (12/05/2013)

The Fight with My Dark Side (15.05.2013)

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Personal Development Goals in 2012

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 08/03/2012

In december 2011, I have done the 2011 360 degrees evaluation of my personal brand. I have written about the methodology here [en, blog] , I have been interviewed about it here [ro, blog] and I have teached it here [ro, blog] and here [ro, blog]. Here you have the Synthesis of my personal brand attributes for 2011 [en, pdf]. And here you have the analysis [en, pdf]. I have kept the 2011 analysis from March 2012 till May 2013. In May 2013 I have removed it, as I considered it outdated.

Therefore, I have decided to deal with the conclusions in the following order

I declare war to:

1. Negligence

2. Annoying persistence

3. Pride & prejudice

4. Attention scattering

5. Inflexibility

6. Losing in details

7. Discounting

8. Lack of empathy

9. Disorder

10. Useless theories & impractical dreams

Top ten abilities to develop

1. Seriousness & reliability

2. Dettachment

3. Faith

4. Creativity

5. Organization

6. Expresiveness

7. Optimism

8. Concision

9. Balance, calm

10. Data & rights security

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The Better Me

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 30/12/2009

Like every year, I have an evaluation I make on accomplishments and areas to improve. After discussing with a few people about the conclusions I have come to a few conclusions I would like to share with you. Although there may be my conclusions, some of the might also help you too.Today I write a post sharing the conclusions I arrived to.

1. If you compare yourself with someone else, there will always be a loser. It’s lame to feel as a winner by comparing yourself to others, that will only satisfy your ego. But if you compare yourself to yourself, considering what’s better than last year, then you’ll always win without having someone to make lose just to feel better.

2. Make the evaluation considering what other objective enough people have said to you about your performance. Someone asked me if I feel more organized this year. I have answered that it’s irrelevant ho organized I feel, I can only judged if I truly am more organized by the results and the feed-back. There are a lot of people who like to think they got better. Self-delusion doesn’t help. I took a look at some personal development exercises I was making in 2005. The way in which I was formulating problems and resources was terrible. I had the so little experience on self-monitoring and coaching… I know that now because I know how NOT to formulate a goal.

3. A lot of people get scared of having failures. In the same time, making an analysis on weak points from 2003 to 2009, I noticed that in 1-2 years, those weak points turned into strong points or lead to accomplishments. Therefore, I look at the “disasters” from 2009 as points of future success in 2010-2011. I’m not afraid to declare what my failures were, because anyway people will figure those out, it doesn’t matter how hard I am trying to hide them. The failures are part of your experience. If there weren’t those obstacles there, you wouldn’t be where you are now. As I was writing here using the examples of CODECS and Emi Gal‘s success at Seed Camp,

4. Not anyone can be happy with my personality. That’s life. I read an article these days “if you want to be likeable…“. I don’t want to be likeable. I want to be memorable, remembered as who I want to communicate, to express about myself. To set a goal to be liked is like having your picture taken of you smiling without knowing where your picture is going to be hanged. Even more, every week, and I mean EVERY week, there’s someone saying “hi” on the street or at an event, or even aproaching me on the internet, saying they know me and I don’t have the slightest idea where I know them from. One day, it happened three times in one morning, in difference places.

So, the main point: what you prevent from expressing, ends up controlling you. Communicate who you are to who you care about, then the people who will be interested will come to you. Last week, somebody recognized my voice in a library. That’s what memorable means.

5. Know yourself. The sooner you get to know yourself, the better the quality of your life will be. For example, these year I took some radical decisions concerning organizing my life: moving from a rent to another made me realize I had a lot of stuff I didn’t need. I realized I was paying a lot of money just to keep a lot of stuff I didn’t use. I realised it was crazy to pay rent to have space for things that would be cheaper to buy them when I actually needed. I’ll write more about this tomorrow.

6. Personal things matter. While writing this post, I was having a conversation with someone over YM and she told me: welll, that’s all fine, but personal? I’d like to state that I do not believe in having professional succes without an equilibrated personal life. I am very happy to take joy in what I have. I have visited each of my parents this year, I have been to my sister’s wedding, I have spent some quality time with my friends and I have even made some new friends. Over 40 people personally wished me greetingsthis Christmas. It may not be much, but I’m happy with that. By the way, If you read this and I haven’t thanked you, I’m sorry – I didn’t have time to answer to everybody.

I wouldn’t take having success witheout having the magic moments I keep to myself. And there are some truly great moments I treasure.

7. I took a vacation this year. Not mentioning the conference and the HR fair I’ve visited at Barcelona in the spring, which gave me the opportunity to do some sightseeing, I’ve actually been to vacation in the Alps (France + Italy) and in Budapesta. It’s great to allow myself to have these kinds of moments.

8. I spent a lot of time learning. I would like to especially mention, besides the HR master programs, the entrepreneurship programs (VIP’s Good to Go, AIESEC Finance School and even the participation to NetCamp was a useful experience), Daniel Bichiş’s conferences and the mentorship certification from CENTRAS Constanţa, held by Roxana Diaconu. Also, practicing coaching at The Romanian Coaching Guild and at Noble Manhattan Coaching was a big help. I also listened to a lot of transactional analysis and NLP audiotrainings. I think alotting a significant part of time to learn doesn’t only bring new information, but helps the good habits stay in place.

9. The evaluations I have done, using some personality inventaries from Test Central, showed me some aspects I was already familiar with, and I have an accurate measurement of where I stand, therefore I know what to improve. But more, about my accomplishments and failures in 2009, and also, about my plans to make improvements, in further posts.

10. It would have been “perfect” to have a tenth point, right? One final key: don’t try to be perfect. Be natural. Be(tter) you.

Successful self-analysis! Please send me feed-back if you’ve liked the post and send it further.

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It’s Not WHAT You Write, It’s HOW You Write

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 27/11/2009

Probably, like me, you have this window opened among other bits of information flying around on your computer, read in a hurry, and waiting to extract the relevance and move on towards further information.

As I told a friend of mine yesterday who’s not in Bucharest and is not in online, if you ask a known person in online in Bucharest “how are you?” equals to “I haven’t been reading your blog”, because if you have been reading their blog, you wouldn’t ask such questions.

My main issue in blogging (as in “to blog, or not to blog, that is THE question”) was how would I be relevant to others. What should I write about? Basically, if you’re not online, you don’t exist.So I prefer to choose evergreen articles, articles which don’t lose the value over time.

Some people don’t know how they should portrait themselves in online. I just want to write to you, from my own experience in trying to impress others with appearances, that it’s not going to work. For example, I have some very rough edges, I know that, and I’m determined not to hide it, because it’s part of the way I express myself. That means, whether you like or you don’t like what I’ve got to say, you will surely remember me. To be memorable is more than being acceptable. If you don’t get me, it means you’re not in my target. It’s as simple as that.

I listened to an audiotraining with an American expert which was telling that he’s so glad he was getting tons of hate letters, because it meant for him that he defined so well his target, that other people felt obviously misrepresented! Even more, those people consumed out of their time to actually write letters acknowledging the huge signification it had for them the initiative started by the guy.

I’m not in for shocking, I’m in for positioning. Not from what I DO, but by who I AM. Be your brand [en, blog]. What’s my brand? Analytic Vision [en, blog].

Why analytic? Because I like to investigate and to present business, economical, psychological, social, political aspects and to break them down into the relevant aspects they hold. I’m in for the small strategic details which make the whole big difference. Because that’s so obvious at me, that it gets out there, as one of the first things to get perceived about me.

Why vision? Because I have a lot of ideas. I was creative and curious since I was little. Maybe some would consider me an idealist, but I’m still young and it’s my right to feel enthusiastic and to believe in values and principles which I believe can make a difference. I made some things happen for the first time… in Romania. You can get a list of this kind of stuff from me here, in the “founder/promoter” section. I like to envision. I like to empower. And I like to put passion in what I’m doing.

After trying in high-school to invent stuff (even participated at 2 innovations fairs) and realizing there’s no future about it in Romania, I changed the field to business and I started to have business visions. Until now, I haven’t got the courage to put my ideas to work as an entrepreneur, I’ve only had some tryouts. Maybe it won’t work as I expect it, but I prefer at least to be a freelancer rather than an employee. At least, for the moment.

The greatest thing about it today’s marketing world is that you can always replicate a business idea somewhere else. For a different niche. Or on a larger scale. I have discovered, in time, plenty of examples for local business ideas which, turned into international businesses could have a great success. Some of them did.

So, based on my experience and on what I’ve been told by others who know better, it doesn’t matter if you start with other people’s ideas or you create your own from the beginning. (As long as you don’t infringe somebody’s copyright) Express yourself!

I also know a fact for sure, considering also my experience and the feed-back I’ve got (the last part, especially by publishing personal & professional development articles on a Romanian self-growth website). What I DO KNOW how to write about is business and how to inspire people. And that’s what I’m gonna do.

This is what Analytic Vision is about.

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