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Feel awkward… then still do it!

Telling yourself positive affirmations is pretty weird and extremely effective Photo by Magdalena Smolnicka on Unsplash ************************************************************* Standing in front of the mirror: Is anyone at home?•No.•Good.•Okay, let’s try one.•“I show up and let myself being seen.”•Giggles.•Try one more!•“I am good enough!”•Smiling. ************************************************************* Have you ever tried affirmations? These positive sentences you are supposed to tell yourself? Are you suspicious they are simply another weird self-help gimmick!? Or, similar to me, you just have a hard time taking yourself seriously while saying good stuff about yourself? And then, how often do I catch myself thinking:“That was stupid.” • “I

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How much money do you need to feel free?

How much money do you need to feel free? Freedom waits where you stop thinking about money   What is your earliest memory relating to money? I remember my first grocery shopping adventures when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Keep in mind these were different times and I lived in a village where you’d know most of the people around. On Saturdays, I would get out with 1 GDR Mark and take my tiny red bike to the HO (a GDR supermarket). I’d go to the box where the bread rolls were stored and

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Lose often, win big

What we can learn from failure to become more successful. Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash Hand on heart: What happens when you miss one of the things you set out to achieve? Do you become sad, demotivated or angry? Do you give up and head to the next best thing?Really, none of us likes to miss a goal. We might feel inadequate, not good enough, or undeserving of reaching success. All of this is normal and the pain of loss is real. And it stings.It’s comprehensible if you feel a bit sore after failure. What’s

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Set yourself free — Life’s probably (not) a simulation

Do we live in a computer-generated simulation? And if so, what do we do about it? Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash Almost everyone knows the Matrix movies and the grey, dull life Neo is leading before he takes the infamous red pill. Some might’ve already seen the documentary: A Glitch in the Matrix by Rodney Asher, which takes a wide-angle look at simulation theory and its cultural impact. Alexandre Bibeau-Delisle and Gilles Brassard from Montreal’s university published a probability calculation on the topic recently: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2020.0658. In their mathematical model they included the possibility to simulate our thoughts and

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Life is a game - play it!

Thinking about life as a game to be happy and successful Photo by Geeky Shots on Unsplash   Success in real life, success with games Tobi Lütke, Elon Musk, Brenda Romero, Larry Page, Kobe Bryant, Vin Diesel — all very successful in their own fields — play video games. Particularly, Tobi Lütke is a strong advocate of playing games in interviews and on Twitter: I firmly believe that I learned more about building businesses from playing Starcraft than I’ve learned from business books — Tobi Lütke (@tobi) April 1, 2018 Following his take on video games and the discussions around mankind living in a

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Shaping the world around you before it shapes you

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” Earl Nightingale Photo by Patrick McManaman on Unsplash Mindset or Environment? There’s a lot of different concepts around what helps us to strive, learn, grow and become better. One big part is how we think about things that happen to us. Another part is about who and what surrounds us and the opportunities that come through our environment. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what has a bigger impact on a successful, happy life: mindset or environment. I also strongly believe these two

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One question to guide your actions every day

Photo by Tina Floersch on Unsplash There’s these days you are more cynical, get easily irritated or are just stuck in your tiredness. And that’s very human, don’t get me wrong. The question is though: how do you snap out of it (if you want to)?  Recently, I had one of these days: the little one crashes our sleep, I wake up particularly tired, she whines as she doesn’t want to go to daycare and makes a huge mess while having breakfast, outside someone comes too close walking by, a car driver honks at us

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Creating your Island in the Pandemic

Recently, I dreamt of being on vacation: Chile’s beautiful sunset Valle Della Luna mixed with the slow waves from Playa Girón in Cuba. Valle Della Luna Playa Girón It’s clear that I miss travelling. And not necessarily only the far-away-places but also briefly getting away for a weekend within Germany. The current situation makes travelling almost impossible, or let’s say: it involves risks that I am not willing to take. There’s probably a ton of things people miss at the moment. After my dream, I asked the question in a forum and others mentioned things

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Lost and found: how to (re-)build trust

Think about the last few years – as well as what’s been happening recently with the pandemic, political events, connections to others… Do you think you trust as much as you did 5, 10, 15 years ago? For my part I have to say: I don’t think so. More than asking: What happened? I’d like to look at: Why are our lives better with trust? What can be done to (re)build trust? How do you put the right seeds into the soil? And how do you need to take care of those seeds to let

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Happiness Habits

Today, I have a question for you:What does it mean to you to be happy? What are the things that impact your happiness? Are you happy right now, in this moment?Over the last decade or so there has been tons of attempts to explain what makes people happy.And even though, there has been some understanding of what goes into the mix of a happy, content life – single individual perspectives on happiness differ quite a bit. You can easily check this for yourself and try and find a satisfying definition of happiness online. Let me assure

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