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I am a localization manager/translator and intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about languages, cultures, diversity management, body art, dancing, self-empowerment, coaching, effective communication and, last but not least, vegan gluten-free food and good movies.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Short and sweet motivational questions for your self-care #13. The special world

If you promise the people in your life something, are you going to keep your word and to follow through?
Not once in a blue moon, not only when it is easy, not just because you have nothing better to do this time.

At the end of the day, you are going to have excuses or results.
Chris Lee

Are you going to make your promise a priority?
Are you going to take it seriously and to see it as a way to show that you care?
Are you going to respect the people in your life?

[Which kind of special world are you creating
both for you and the people around you, 
thanks to your promises?
Image credit: "Hakanaï" by digital artists Adrien M & Claire B]

If the answer is no, don't make any promise yet.

Friday, December 7, 2018

One coaching question a day - #5. What are your red flags?

"What are your red flags?" I ask.
"A big red flag is, to me, dealing with needy people that are not actually willing to change or improve their life. At some point, after several attempts to support them, they get my "support loop" with repetitions of the things already said. Sometimes, you can't add more, it just needs to be done. Still, I stick around" he says.
"Why do you stick around, if this is a red flag of yours?" I ask.

And that's the point where we get real and an honest conversation actually gets started. Where suddenly something becomes clear, that was not clear before. And that can make all the difference, from now on, depending on what one can do, with this new, precious piece of information.

[Red flags may look very different, for each of us.
Which would you describe as such, for you?]

Which kind of red flags do matter to you and how do you deal with them?
Why do they matter, and what for? How can you recognize them?

This one is for Bruce, that is brave enough to take advantage of his light-bulb moments.

Tags: Self-awareness, Red flags, Dealing with the consequences, Coaching questions

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The virus you should avoid at any cost is all about FOMO, busyness and looking like a zombie without being one

"I told you I'm very busy right now", they say.
"Just like every other human being on this planet, busy with stuff they're after?", I reply.

How many people do you know that say: "I have plenty of time for the activities I want, I'm super relaxed and I can manage my life as I please"?
Besides a couple of lucky exceptions, I bet you don't know that many people that are happy to share with the world how carefree they are and how much time they have to give away just like this.

Most people are apparently extremely busy, overworked, tired, stressed out, with lots to do and even more to catch up with. And this never ends, above all in big cities like Berlin.

[Walking like a zombie, tired, stressed out and just so busy?
Just let professionals do that, like Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum
cosplaying as Jack and Sally for Halloween]

Busyness, as in being so busy that one is too busy for practically everything, is a huge hype, spreading like a virus among people that tend to believe that being busy is a sign of high social status, coolness or being on demand.

In my opinion, it is just a sign of poor time management skills and of looking for validation from the outside.