Humility makes invulnerable. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The meaning of humility

Motto of the day about the strength of humility.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. C.S Lewis

Humilty

 

Today I share with you:

Humility

 

Like gentleness, humility is often an underrated character trait. It’s definitely a strength, in my opinion, because it brings many benefits.

Humility means having a modest opinion of one’s importance or work. Humble people value relationships at eye level, cooperation, harmony, fairness, are open to experience. They value the uniqueness and value of different people. They are convinced that every person is something special without being superior to others. It is the belief that every person has something to contribute that makes them ready to look at themselves and their fellow human beings in a more relaxed way. They have a balanced awareness of their limitations and those of others. But they also cultivate the perception of unique talents and strengths. They have the ability to remain grounded and bring thought, achievement and experience into a balanced perspective. This makes one’s own ego more constructive. This is powerful, as ego can blind people to what they do, and do not know.

Humble people are more resistant to stress, have better social relationships, better subjective well-being, better physical and mental health.

Humble people are more generous and helpful, are perceived as friendlier, liked by others, and less threatening. Such people are often better embedded in society, social networks and organizations.

 

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. Are you looking for professional support?

If you are interested in coaching, training, or consulting, for organizational questions and to make an appointment, you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). You can reach me by telephone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in sessions, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany, then. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will call you back as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

Transparency is important. Therefore you will find answers to frequently asked questions already here, for example about me (profile), the services, the fees, and getting to know me. If this suits you, I look forward to working with you.

P.S.

 

What about your humility?

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I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know Your Values. How About The Appropriate Amount Of Respect?

Motto of the day: How about respect and the courage to speak up?

Personal values

I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How about the appropriate amount of respect?

 

Personal values deliver a profound base for good decision-making. Respect is an important value. What is more appropriate and what is inappropriate respect?

How about the relationship between respect and speaking up?

 

Respect is an important value. And the courage to speak up is also one. Sometimes people don’t speak up because it interferes with the respect they want to convey someone else. What is more appropriate and what is inappropriate respect? 

I sometimes underline how important respect is in my opinion. In my mind respect means to live personal values without hurting those of others. That isn’t easy since discussions about morals and ethics will last and a common definition is not accepted by everyone. Therefore, it is up to you to know your values. Then it is easier to know where and when to stand up and speak. And yes, there is a high chance that someone doesn’t like what you say. Be brave and respectful in the mentioned way.

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. Are you looking for professional support?

If you are interested in coaching, training, or consulting, for organizational questions and to make an appointment, you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). You can reach me by telephone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in sessions, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany, then. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will call you back as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

Transparency is important. Therefore you will find answers to frequently asked questions already here, for example about me (profile), the services, the fees, and getting to know me. If this suits you, I look forward to working with you.

P.S.

 

How do you deal with people’s opinions? What when you have a different opinion?

May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 21, 2007
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Good mood is free and confuses the opponent!

23+ ideas to stay in a good mood instead of getting angry about other people

Motto of the day: Good mood is free and confuses the opponent!

Confidence

Good mood is free and confuses the opponent!

Overview

 

 

 

 

Call for ignorance?

 

Usually, ignorance is not a nice trait. But if we’re dealing with nasty people, we don’t have to make it that easy for them. Why should we let ourselves be forced to do something we don’t want? Why should we get angry just because other people like it?

In such cases, we can become a spoilsport and change the rules of the game.
A German proverb is: “Was kümmert es die Eiche, wenn ein Eber sich an ihr reibt?”. Translation: “What does the oak care if a boar rubs against it?” I think this proverb is very wise.

23+ ideas to stay in a good mental attitude instead of getting angry with other people.

 

In a spontaneous action, I have gathered here a few ideas on how to deal with anger:

 

 

1. Don’t deny that you’re angry

 

People who can recognize their anger as anger are less likely to resort to aggression or violence.

 

 

 

2. Practice self-reflection

 

If something about other people upsets me, maybe it has something to do with me. Self-reflection helps here. Those who know themselves well react more self-confidently and appropriately.

 

 

 

3. Take a deep breath

 

A deep breath is a good way to calm down when you’re angry. Slow breaths slow your heart rate. Stop, breathe, action. During the pause, there is time to think: Is there a simple solution to the problem?

 

 

 

4. Use tools

 

Tools, such as Mind Mapping, help to maintain an overview and to recognize the correlations, even with complex topics.

 

 

 

5. Beware of impulsive reactions

 

Spontaneous impulses are not always a good idea. For example: Never, never send an e-mail if you are furious.

 

 

 

6. Anchor for good mental states

Condition yourself with mental anchors for good states. In this way, you can activate constructive states when they are required.

 

 

 

7. What is the actual personal relevance?

Be confident with a smile… “To be angry is to avenge the mistakes of others in ourselves,” Alexander Pope said. Often no further thought is worthwhile if strangers behave differently than we imagine. Is the situation worth the effort?

 

 

 

8. Can you read minds?

Could it be a misunderstanding? If you are not a clairvoyant, questions will help clarify the situation.

 

 

 

9. Don’t take everything personally

 

Don’t take other people’s behavior so personally. Often their behavior has something to do with something completely different than the first glance would suggest. It probably has nothing to do with you.

 

 

 

10. Are you ashamed of other people?

They are not responsible for other people’s mistakes.

 

 

 

11. Practice compassion.

Doing something compassionate for someone else is incompatible with anger and aggression.

 

 

 

12. Physical exercise reduces stress.

 

Especially aerobic exercise, including brisk walking or jogging, can be a great way to handle anger.

 

 

 

13. Relaxation techniques

 

Some simple relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and relaxing imagery, can help calm angry feelings. If you practice one or more of these strategies often and thereby develop a routine, it will be easier to apply them when angry feelings occur.

 

 

 

14. Ask for support

 

How about coaching?

 

 

 

15. Distract yourself

 

Use ways to distract yourself from things you don’t want to think about.

 

 

 

16. Meditate

 

Ohmmm.

 

 

 

17. Say NO

 

Say goodbye to being a people pleaser and learn how to confidently say no to someone without feeling bad about it.

 

 

 

18. Write

 

Bring your thoughts on paper. Writing down thoughts can be very enlightening.

 

 

 

19. Sleep on it

 

This gives you time to find a reasonable and rational answer to the situation. Do not be afraid to tell the person who offended you that you need a day or two to think about the issue.

 

 

 

20. Practice constructive quick-wittedness

 

Do you sometimes have the right answer too late? Quick-wittedness is trainable!

It is intelligent to use constructive instead of destructive techniques for verbal attacks. Constructive techniques ensure that your situation improves and that relationships remain possible. Learn to react positively, cleverly and quickly to attacks and provocations instead of becoming angry. Thus you appear more sovereign and radiate more competence as well as self-confidence. Join training in constructive quick-wittedness.

 

 

 

21. Count

 

Count from 1 to 10 or 100 if necessary. Thomas Jefferson famously said, “When angry, count 10, before you speak; if very angry, 100.”

 

 

 

22. Learn to forgive

 

Forgiveness can help you to stop ruminating, because negative thoughts repeat themselves again and again in your head, like in a horror movie scene.

 

 

 

23. Be creative

Annotation

 

Knowing how and when it is worthwhile to react and when it is not, is helpful. It is a good fit to continue assuming responsibility. Those who are not omnipotent should use resources cleverly.

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

P.S.

 

Some people say anger happens, it’s just part of life. Where and when do you want to stay in a good mental state today, where otherwise the personal serenity can easily be lost?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 21, 2017
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A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.

Something To Aim At. Purpose And Meaning.

Motto of the day

Purpose and meaning

A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.

Bruce Lee

What is your aim in this life?

 

Humans need something to aim at because goals motivate us to make the most of our skills and possibilities – our life. Truly wanting to achieve something leads us to offer the best performance. It feels good because especially the challenging goals, the big picture, a vision bring us purpose and meaning.

We need something to aim at

 

A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.

 

This is a quote from the famous philosopher Bruce Lee. He not only deconstructed a lot of bricks, but he also said a few true things.

For our personal development, we need something to aim at because goals motivate us to make the most of our skills and possibilities – our life. When we truly want to achieve something it leads us to offer the best performance. And it feels good because especially the challenging goals, the big picture, a vision bring us purpose and meaning.

In all cultures and at all times, humans have sought to make sense of their existence. Man’s search for meaning is a quest as ancient as the dawn of human consciousness. The ancient Greeks thought and talked a lot about it.

 

 

 

Be present, aware, and enjoy your life

 

Socrates meant; “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Does that sound harsh? Maybe! But the truth is that many people waste their lives. And that is sad!

If you are not living each day with excitement, energy, and passion, then you are not living true to your life purpose.

Dream, reach, and believe in yourself!

 

 

 

Helpful questions

 

Start with what you want, not what you think you can get. What are your answers to these questions:

 

  • What do you value most?
  • What kind of life do you want?
  • What do you want your life to look like, to feel like?
  • Who do you wish to be?

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. Are you looking for professional support?

If you are interested in coaching, training, or consulting, for organizational questions and to make an appointment, you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). You can reach me by telephone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in sessions, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany, then. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will call you back as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

Transparency is important. Therefore you will find answers to frequently asked questions already here, for example about me (profile), the services, the fees, and getting to know me. If this suits you, I look forward to working with you.

P.S.

 

Do you have something to aim at?

May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 21, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: February 4, 2020
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The biggest mistake you can make in your life is to be always afraid of making a mistake.

From fear to courage. Go beyond your limits and...

Motto of the day

Courage and Determination

The biggest mistake you can make in your life is to be always afraid of making a mistake.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Courage: Go beyond your limits and…

 

For which concern do you want courage and determination? What would you do if you got the guarantee that it will succeed? What does it deserve to be supported by you?

 

Please wait! Please wait …

Doubt

 

 

Please wait! Please wait …

 

From Coco Chanel comes the sentence: “I have no regrets in life except what I have not done.”

If only… Even failure makes us wiser. If the word IF were not, my father would be a millionaire. There are no rewards for intentions. Enough wisdom on the topic?

The personal comfort zone feels familiar and safe. But it is also limiting. From time to time it is worthwhile to think outside the box and to break away from the usual path. Granted, this can lead to bruises, but sometimes the remorse is clearly unpleasant for a long time if we have omitted something important. Therefore often a decision is not made. It is the fear that it could be a wrong decision. Then the inner voice interferes: “That will not work anyway! That’s one size too big for me. What if it’s the wrong decision? If it were that easy…”.

 

 

Doubt

 

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom, said a philosopher. But if doubts last too long, they block any development. Then you rather make a thoughtful decision, roll up your sleeves, and go to work. If it does not work out right away, setbacks equip us humans with new insights. Most of our decisions today are no longer life-threatening. However, the archaic area of the stem brain in our brains dates back to the time when a wrong decision resulted in being eaten.

P.S.

 

For which concern do you want courage and determination? What would you do if you got the guarantee that it will succeed? What does it deserve to be supported by you?

Just ask me personally

 

Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. Are you looking for professional support?

If you are interested in coaching, training, or consulting, for organizational questions and to make an appointment, you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). You can reach me by telephone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in sessions, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany, then. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will call you back as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

Transparency is important. Therefore you will find answers to frequently asked questions already here, for example about me (profile), the services, the fees, and getting to know me. If this suits you, I look forward to working with you.

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#1890

Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. –Dionysius of Halicarnassus

When to speak and when to stay silent?

Thoughts of the day*
Public speaking
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. Dionysius of Halicarnassus

When to stay silent and when to speak up?

 

The thought of the day is about the question of when it is better to speak up and when to stay silent. How to know which one is the better decision?

Thoughts about the motto of the day

 

What comes to my mind when thinking about this motto of the day? It reminds me immediately of the first rule of rhetorics: If you haven’s something relevant to say, shut up! Sometimes, silence is golden. Is there another thought? Yes!

 

Let me add a few thoughts when I think it is better to stay silent:

 

  • When you have nothing relevant to say.
  • In case it is better to take some time to solidify your reaction.
  • When something is better left unsaid.
  • You don’t have a receptive audience.

 

 

When is it better to speak up:

 

  • When you can make a positive difference.
  • You have the power to change something.
  • It is the desired opportunity.
  • When your opinion is requested.
  • If your silence could be understood as an approval for something you disagree with.
  • When you want to let your feelings known.
  • To demonstrate that you are interested.

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. Are you looking for professional support?

If you are interested in coaching, training, or consulting, for organizational questions and to make an appointment, you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). You can reach me by telephone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in sessions, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany, then. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will call you back as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

Transparency is important. Therefore you will find answers to frequently asked questions already here, for example about me (profile), the services, the fees, and getting to know me. If this suits you, I look forward to working with you.

P.S.

 

What do you think about the motto of the day? When do you stay silent and when do you speak up?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

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Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. ﹣Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Speak clearly!

Motto of the day*
Say it clearly!
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Communicating with clarity

 

A message gets stronger when it is infused with clarity and conviction. How can we achieve this?

Thoughts about the motto of the day

 

What comes to my mind when thinking about this motto of the day?

When we’re motivated to get a point across to someone else, we often think long and hard about what we want to say. That is a good starting point, but that is only a part of what is necessary. Instead of focusing solely on what you want to say to get your point across, you better focus on communicating what you want the other person to hear.

The receiver’s task is to interpret the sender’s message, both verbal and nonverbal. The process of interpreting the message is known as decoding. Because words and nonverbal signals have different meanings to different people, countless problems can occur at this point in the communication process

While the message you send is important, the message the receiver hears is even more important. If you know your audience, you usually have an idea of how they will interpret or filter what you say. Tailor your message to your audience to improve their comprehension.

If you can offer sharp, clear, intelligent, and easy-to-understand messages, it becomes much easier for people to see the value in it.

 

 

 

How?

 

How do you ensure that important messages are clearly expressed? As a good starting point Have the following aspects in mind:

 

1. Know what you want to say.

2. Know who you’re talking to.

3. Use the language of your audience.

4. Use a clear structure for your message.

5. Short sentences are better to understand.

6. Shorter words are better than long words.

7. Be consistent.

 

On this foundation can be built. Speak up – speak clearly!

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. Are you looking for professional support?

If you are interested in coaching, training, or consulting, for organizational questions and to make an appointment, you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). You can reach me by telephone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in sessions, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany, then. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will call you back as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

Transparency is important. Therefore you will find answers to frequently asked questions already here, for example about me (profile), the services, the fees, and getting to know me. If this suits you, I look forward to working with you.

P.S.

 

What do you think about the motto of the day?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: December 9, 2019
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: December 11, 2019
Translation: December 11, 2019
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A mighty flame arises from a tiny spark. –Dante Alighieri

Enthusiasm is contagious. If we really want to change something, we need enthusiasm.

Motto of the day*
Not what we have 
but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.

 Epicurus
A mighty flame arises from a tiny spark. -Dante Alighieri

Ignite a flame

 

What spark do you want to bring into the world and what do you expect from it? Is it worth standing up for and giving the idea a real chance?

Contagious enthusiasm

 

When people get excited about something, they and their body chemistry get moving. Then the so-called reward system is switched on. Messengers substances are released when the emotional centers in the brain are activated.

Genuine enthusiasm has a contagious effect. If well-prepared ideas are presented, enormous forces can be set in motion and develop a momentum of their own. But this often does not happen, because many a good idea remains unspoken and gathers dust. If we really want to change something, we need enthusiasm.

 

 

 

Special moments

 

Excellent speakers know the effect of enthusiasm and so does the audience. It’s those rare moments when the audience realizes they’re about to participate in something very special. They are often moments when there is complete silence in the room and everyone holds their breath. Anyone who experiences this will not forget it again so quickly. The idea has begun its journey!

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. Are you looking for professional support?

If you are interested in coaching, training, or consulting, for organizational questions and to make an appointment, you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). You can reach me by telephone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in sessions, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany, then. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will call you back as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

Transparency is important. Therefore you will find answers to frequently asked questions already here, for example about me (profile), the services, the fees, and getting to know me. If this suits you, I look forward to working with you.

P.S.

 

What idea do you want to bring into the world? Is it worth standing up for and giving the idea a real chance?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in group or individual training or coaching.

Published: April 22, 2021
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: April 22, 2021
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German version: Don’t look the other way when injustice occurs!
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