And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been. 

Rainer Maria Rilke

A New Year Is Like A Blank Book, And The Pen Is In Your Hands

Motto of the day*
A New Year Is Like A Blank Book, And The Pen Is In Your Hands
And now we welcome the new year, 
full of things that have never been.

 Rainer Maria Rilke

Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through.
A new year is like a blank 365-page book, and the pen is in your hands.
It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.

Happy New Year.

P.S.

 

Any thoughts, comments, goals for the new year…?

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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?

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A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one. –Baltasar Gracián

What are synomyms good for?

Motto of the day*
Abundance
A synonym is a word you use
 when you can't spell the other one.

 Baltasar Gracián

Synonyms

 

How important is knowledge about language and synonyms?

Definition

 

Synonyms are words with the same or similar meanings.

 

 

 

Thoughts about the motto of the day

 

What comes to my mind when thinking about this motto of the day? Hmm. I enjoy playing around with words. Language is interesting. The more flexible I am with words, the better I can choose those words that express best what I want to say.

 

 

 

What are synonyms good for?

 

Synonyms are useful in three ways: They bring variety, conciseness, and originality to messages.

Often I am concerned with finding a more appropriate term for what I want to express. There are many reasons why a certain word is not quite appropriate. Perhaps it is too imprecise, too spongy.

Repetitions are not always bad; you risk using synonyms to take the edge off messages, bring in ambiguities or change the meaning.

Watch it! Don’t try desperately to be funny. You need a feeling for language.

 

 

 

Synonyms for synonym

 

  • equivalent
  • metonym

 

*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

 

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The moral man loves his soul and the ordinary his property. Confucius

The Value of the Soul

Motto of the day
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The superior man loves his soul; 
the inferior man loves his property. Confucius

Definition of soul

 

The soul is the part of a living being that consists of the mind, character, thoughts, and feelings. It is the spiritual part of a person that some people believe continues to exist in some form after their body has died.

Soul?

 

Humans are born with a soul. This is claimed and few deny it. But, who has seen it, the soul? What we notice from the outside is how a person behaves. We suspect what he is inspired by.

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? What will people give in exchange for their lives?,” said the carpenter from Bethlehem.

Whenever we fall short of our professed moral norms, we sell a little bit of our soul. A deal with the devil is a cultural motif, best exemplified by the legend of Faust and the figure of Mephistopheles. He is essentially a tragic figure who makes a morally wrong choice. Are we are more clever today? What do you mean? 

*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.

 

What is the value of the soul? Where and how can immaterial values ​​be valued even more today?

Just ask me personally

 

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Change the world; the world needs it. Bertolt Brecht

It's time to change the world

Motto of the day*

Topic of the day:
We need more people to work for a world worth living in.

 

Today I share with you:

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Change the world; the world needs it. Bertolt Brecht

We need people which are committed to a world worth living in

 

What we should do as individuals is to use the power of democracy to make our voices heard and to make sure that the people in power cannot continue to ignore this.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg

 

What are you waiting for? You don’t have to be a Jedi to make a difference. It doesn’t take Midi-Chlorians to stand up for the world. In the words of George Bernhard Shaw, “The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.”

Some people wrongly confuse naggers and do-gooders. Naggers are dissatisfied victims who feel exposed to the circumstances. Do-gooders see injustice and potential. They are prepared to commit themselves, to shape, to act. Where others are still discussing the question of guilt, a do-gooder is already turning the wheel and moving things for the better. Many of them prefer to forego public attention unless it serves the set task.

 

 

 

Be a do-gooder and find support

 

Together with other experts, I support do-gooders also honorary. You find information in the article Are you a do-gooder? Make the world a better place.

*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 via this contact form (It is up to you whether you enter personal data) or by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). Otherwise, you may 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.

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What do you want to stand up for?

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

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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark Twain

Explore the power of pauses in your speeches and presentations

Motto of the day

Enjoy pauses as a speaker

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

The topic of the day:
About the power of pauses in speeches and presentations

 

Today I share with you:

Pauses in speeches and presentations

 

A pause, if used correctly, can add a great deal to your speech. Powerful and persuasive presenters recognize the importance of the pause. Pausing a speech will create a moment, drive home a message and connect with an audience.

Your message is not simply conveyed by your words, but also by your pauses. In speaking, the drama and power of the speech are contained in the silences that you create as you move from one element to another. This is a skill that you can learn to master with practice. A pause isn’t a moment of nothing. Used strategically, it is a tool to help you build an intellectual and emotional connection with your audience. When you pause, you give your audience time to process what you have just said.

When most people get up to speak they tend to talk from the moment they are introduced till they sit down. Most speakers ignore that the pauses in their talk can get a lot of attention.

 

 

 

Do it

 

When you want to impress your audience to use the power of pauses. Next time you’re speaking just take an extra-long pause and observe what happens. In case you choose the right moment and your body language is good, there is a high chance that everyone looks up and starts paying more attention to you and your message.

 

 

 

The quote of the day

 

The quote “No word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause”. is from Mark Twain’s Speeches, 1923. Seems he was interested in the power of pauses because he wrote in Autobiographical dictation, 11 October 1907:

That impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words howsoever felicitous could accomplish it…. For one audience, the pause will be short; for another a little longer; for another a shade longer still; the performer must vary the length of the pause to suit the shades of difference between audiences. … I used to play with the pause as other children play with a toy.

 

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard, and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered.

Do you want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least, I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby, there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

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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.

 

How about exploring the power of pauses today?

A pause isn’t a moment of nothing.
 Well used, it is a tool to help you build an
intellectual and emotional 
connection with your audience.

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Humility makes invulnerable. –Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The meaning of humility

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

Humility

 

Humbleness or humility is perhaps an under-rated virtue. Why does humility matter?

Humility

 

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

Humility means having a modest opinion of one’s importance or work. But it’s so much more than that. 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 can remain grounded and bring thought, achievement, and experience into a balanced perspective. This makes one’s ego more constructive. This is powerful, as the ego can blind people to what they do, and do not know.

 

 

 

Advantages

 

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.

 

Here are some benefits:

  • Others feel comfortable and valued around you.
  • You can see when you are wrong and do something about it
  • Allows you to live in the moment, to be present.
  • Humility gives you the desire to learn.
  • You can cope better with criticism.
  • Helps you be patient with other people and yourself.
  • Keeps you grounded.
  • You can positively influence others.
  • You’ll get more done.
  • Helps the world move forward.
  • Offers you a positive perspective and leads to happiness.

*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 via this contact form (It is up to you whether you enter personal data) or by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). Otherwise, you may 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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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

 

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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

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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

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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
Author: Karsten Noack
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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 via this contact form (It is up to you whether you enter personal data) or by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). Otherwise, you may 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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Do you have something to aim at?

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

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Published: March 21, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
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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 via this contact form (It is up to you whether you enter personal data) or by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com). Otherwise, you may 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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Published: June 21, 2001
Author: Karsten Noack
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