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Localization manager/translator and coach/intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about diversity management and intercultural communication, self-awareness and coaching, SFBT and NVC, languages, cultures, body art, dancing, self-empowerment, and, last but not least, vegan gluten-free keto food and good movies.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My boots are made for walkin', or 5 things you can do when you feel lost

I am pretty sure that this happened to you as well, at one point or another in your life: feeling stuck, feeling that you don't know what to do, feeling that you have no clue about what you actually want. 

These boots are made for walkin'
And that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots
Are gonna walk all over you
Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’
(These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, 1966)

Let's be honest. Feeling that way is not funny at all. And it is even less funny having the impression that you are not yourself any longer, that you are somehow lost and unable to move forward, or to move on when it would be necessary.

[What to do? 
Feeling unable to move on, to take a decision or to solve a problem
is no fun at all...]

And yet it doesn't last forever. It never lasts forever. Exactly when you think that you are about to spin around for good, things start to make sense again. Suddenly, you are not lost any longer. Suddenly you know exactly what you have to do. 

Such a moment is pure magic.
But what you can do while waiting for that moment?

Here 5 things I do, in such circumstances:

#1. Talking with good friends of mine, to ask for suggestions. Good friends are gold and they are able not only to give precious advice, but also to listen and to help one to shed some light on important matters;
[Going out with friends and talking, laughing 
and spending quality time together...
like Emily Friehl (Amanda Peet) and Oliver Martin (Ashton Kutcher) 
do in A Lot Like Love (2005) by  Nigel Cole:
the best invention ever after chocolate and tattoos]

#2. Dancing, swimming, working out, practicing Yoga, to find a new perspective and stay positive. The human body produces endorphins during exercise, that are useful to boost self-esteem, reduce stress and increase energy levels;
#3. Taking a long walk to think about new solutions while keeping cool. My boots are definitely made for walkin', and so should yours;

[Vegan, Purple and made for walkin':
Airseal Para Boot by Vegetarian Shoes]

#4. Writing down my thoughts, without criticism or any kind of hesitation, to understand the situation better. Writing is a great way to make a tricky situation less scary and ambiguous;
#5. Going to see a movie, to just enjoy a couple of hours without getting crazy. After seeing a good movie I just can't be in a bad mood any longer. Period.

Man sollte alle Tage wenigstens ein kleines Lied hören, ein gutes Gedicht lesen, ein treffliches Gemälde sehen und, wenn es möglich zu machen wäre, ein vernünftiges Wort sprechen.
(One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]

It works for me, anytime.
What about you?

Tags: Feeling lost, Reducing stress, Taking a decision, Difficult times, My boots are made for walkin'

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