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5-Minute Morning Routine to Boost Energy

There are these times when getting up and being excited about the day seems particularly difficult. I had that more often recently, as the pandemic continues, the vaccination process in Germany is sloooow, and our little one cannot go to daycare since mid December. It just feels that it all blocks my progress which dampens my enthusiasm. Whatever your reason is for dreading to get up, you have a chance to adapt your mood if you want to. I try and take this decision every morning: Let’s start the day on the right foot –

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Lasting Change Beyond New Year’s

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions. If you’re not a resolutions type you still might catch yourself thinking of what you want to change in 2021. Last week, two researchers from Sweden published a study that looked at New Year’s resolutions. They wanted to understand what makes people more likely to be successful at sticking to them. They set out to learn more about: What kind of resolutions do people make? Do different resolutions reach different levels of success? … and if it is possible to increase the likelihood of a resolution’s success

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How to Increase your Chance at Change

… or how to make a lasting New Year’s resolution for 2021    This blog post should probably start with the question of: Who do you want to be? In a perfect world, in which you had all resources – time, money, whatever it may be – how would you live your life? How would you BE in that life? What would you want to change? And then the next question is: What do you really want to achieve by that? What’s your ultimate goal? Let’s say, you wanted to start exercising more. What’s your

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The Power of Calm

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor Frankl Have you heard of Viktor Frankl? He was a neurologist and psychiatrist from Austria who survived the gruel life in a concentration camp during WWII. Frankl wrote about his experience in the international bestseller “Man’s search for meaning”? If you haven’t read the book – it’s a highly recommendable read! It gives a deep insight into how Frankl approached life in the concentration camp and

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Making Better Decisions with Square Method

We make many decisions everyday, most of them unconscious. You just decided which path you should take to work, what to eat, when to drink coffee etc. These simple decisions often define our habits, they rule our quality of life. There are also very important decisions like what to work on, who to marry or how to invest. These bigger decisions define the future context more than smaller decisions. After I started using a framework, especially after writing it down, quality of my decisions improved while unnecessary stress mostly disappeared. Square method is a 4

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A Simple Trick to Boost your Confidence

Imagine a fight between two gorillas: they stand up, drum on their chest and try to take as much space a possible to impress their opponent. In some ways we are not much different to them. Those who appear confident take up space with their bodies and gestures. There’s been lots of interesting research on how our posture is impacting our feelings of power, confidence and assertiveness. Maybe you have heard about power posing? Social Psychologist and lecturer at Harvard Business School, Amy Cuddy has conducted interesting research on the impact of power posing. And

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Stress as a fuel to reach your goals

Stress has a hugely bad reputation. Headlines scream at you that stress is the origin of the 20th (or 21st) century health epidemic. There’s countless lists of steps on how to fight or avoid stress. You can learn in stress management courses about ways to deal with it or go to the spa to wind down. What if I told you that there is a different way to think about stress? What if there was a possibility to change its impact from negative to positive? If you would like to see it for yourself try

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How to find your first users & customers?

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney Now your product is ready and you tested and improved it to a good enough level. The next challenge is to find first users and customers. People tend to slow down at this stage because of 2 main reasons, they freak out with the idea of sharing their product, fear rejection they have no clue how to do it or lack options Both of these reasons are connected from the root. Let’s look at why these reasons don’t matter and how you can proceed

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How to get limiting beliefs out of your way

A few years ago, I think it was 2017, I listened to the TED radio hour by NPR which featured Carol Dweck, a Professor at Stanford University which stuck with me and profoundly changed my view on my and others’ ability to grow beyond ourselves. In the podcast, Carol Dweck talked about the “power of yet” – and how the words we choose to talk to children about their abilities and progress have a big impact on how they see their own potential. She told a story about a school where kids would receive a

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Art of Anchoring

Human perception and brain works on comparison. When we are given a set of information, everything after are defined around that information. When Nike has a premium collaborative shoe with an NBA star and they discount it 100$ to 199$, you are excited to get them. On the other hand there are many shoes in the same store you would think 100$ is a high price.  This is a great anchoring example. Not just pricing though, anchoring is huge all over our lives. Think of a deadline you are given, from that point on all

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