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Food for Thought #5 – Do it!

Pilli Pulli Kastropi
Painted by Onno Smets, 6 years old

There it was, just 5 minutes ago. The resistance. I was sitting in front of my laptop, and a voice in my head said: “Let’s go downstairs to watch TV. It doesn’t matter if you don’t write your post today. Do it tomorrow or at the weekend.”. Today is one of these days, where it was more difficult to overcome the resistance. Now I’m sitting here and do it. I defeated the resistance, at least for today…

Last week I wrote my first children’s story (If you speak German, you can read it here). I carried this idea with me for quite a long time. Every evening, when I bring my kids to bed, I tell them a home made story. Some month ago I thought, it would be fun to write these stories down and share them, but I didn’t do it. Until last week. I created a twitter account, a facebook fanpage, a blog and wrote the first story. The feedback was overwhelming, and I thought to myself “Why didn’t you take this step earlier?” The answer is simple: Because my lizard brain told me that I can’t do it and that I’ll make a fool of myself.

What ideas are you carrying around for some time? What crazy dreams do you have? What is the one thing you want to share? If you wait any longer, this idea or dream will sooner or later die. Don’t plan too much, just do it. Now! Pick your idea and let it happen. If you still need some advice of how to overcome your personal resistance, there are some great books out there, that can help you:

I’m sure there are even more books out there. Feel free to add them in the comments.

I carried this idea with me for quite a long time. Every evening, when I bring my kids to bed, I tell them a home made story. Some month ago I thought, it would be fun to write these stories down and share them, but I didn’t do it. Until last week. I created a twitter account, a facebook fanpage, a blog and wrote the first story. The feedback was overwhelming, and I thought to myself “Why didn’t you take this step earlier?” The answer is simple: Because my lizard brain told me that I can’t do it and that I’ll make a fool of myself. 

What idea are you carrying around for some time? What crazy dreams do you have? What is the one thing you want to share? If you wait any longer, this idea or dream will sooner or later die. Don’t plan too much, just do it. Now! Pick your idea and let it happen. If you still need some advice of how to overcome your personal resistance, there are some great books out there, that can help you:

Food for Thought #4 – The Joy of Leaving The Comfort Zone

Joy
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Did you ever leave your comfort zone? Did you ever challenge yourself to try something new? If not, you hadn’t the chance to experience the joy of leaving the comfort zone.

I’m glad that I had a great coach some years ago, who really helped me to do the first step. The first time I consciously left my comfort zone was during a training course, when I was working for Volkswagen. Every attendee had to do something once a day, which was completely out of their comfort zone. Something, that he thought he won’t be able to do in front of all of us. One guy was praying another one read a book and one girl even started to dance. I gave a talk about the Internet in English (I’m German, you know ;)). At that time, my English was quite rusty, and I really had to fight for every word. But soon I found out, that it wasn’t that bad. If I forgot a word, I was able to paraphrase it, or I just started a new sentence. Nobody threw rotten vegetables at me, and nobody laughed at me. After the second time, I even started to enjoy it. The third time it was already fun. In the end, I was able to broaden my comfort zone. And now, a few years later, I’m actually speaking at conferences.

Since that time, I regularly challenge myself to leave my comfort zone to explore new areas, to learn something new and to help me with my self development. What I love the most when doing it, is the thrill in the beginning and in the end, the joy of a new area inside my increased comfort zone.

My challenge for today? I’ll start to write stories for children, about a guy named Pilli Pulli Kastropi. He is a famous character in the stories I tell my kids every evening. If you’re German and need some stories to tell your kids tomorrow evening, follow this guy on Twitter :)

But now it’s up to you. Leave your comfort zone today, e.g by giving uncalled feedback

Food For Thought #2 – You always have a choice

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Have you ever been in a situation where you can’t stand it anymore? A situation that wore you down, and kept you from sleeping? A situation were you went in circles, without getting an inch forward and the only thing you did was cursing, blaming others or just doing nothing? I’m sure everybody was in such a situation some time or even now. When you are in such a situation, it helps if you make it clear to yourself that you always have a choice.

It doesn’t matter in what circumstances you are, you always have these three options: Take it, Change it or Leave it.

Take it

Sometimes you just have to accept it. Take it as it is and tick it off. Breathe deep and proceed. There are things in life you can’t change, and so it doesn’t make sense to invest energy in it. Instead, use this energy in other more valuable items.

Change it

So you don’t want to take it? Then change it! Stop moaning and find out how you can change the current situation. If you have an idea, invite your colleagues to a brownbagging session and discuss it with them, or think about a solution focused approach to help you with the current situation. Don’t wait for someone else to make the change, it is up to you.

Leave it

In most of the cases, this is the hardest option. But it may happen that this is the only option that comes into consideration. Does your job suck from Monday to Friday, are you grumpy all the time and your wife wants to leave you? You tried to change the situation but your boss just don’t listen? Then it is time to leave it. Now! There are plenty of other opportunities out there waiting for you, even if you don’t see them yet.

Take it, Change it or Leave it, you always have a choice!