Courage is Contageous

“As I see each of you be courageous in your lives and supportive of each other, it gives me more confidence and excitement to push the boundaries within my own life. Thank you!”
A good friend wrote this in our mastermind group today. Often, we don’t see our courage as being inspiring. Why? Because when we are in the midst of it, it just seems like a struggle we’d prefer to hide. Continue reading “Courage is Contageous”

Leadership Lessons From 2000 Hours Of Teaching German

Over the last two and a half years I have taught well over 2000 hours of German language and culture mainly to people coming from regions of crisis and failed leadership.
I have often thought about how I can serve them in the best way possible. Over time I have learned to appreciate that this is about taking on the responsibility to lead from the heart:

“Leader: Anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential.”

Brené Brown

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The Four Secret Tools That Boost Your Confidence

The Four Secret Tools That Boost Your Confidence

The most important thing when we move forward on big goals is to protect and build our confidence.

Here are four tools that we often forget that have massive impact on boosting and maintaining our confidence:
1) Start With The Easiest Task
2) Celebrate Your Wins
3) If-Then Planning
4) Join Others Who Are Already Doing What You Want To Do Continue reading “The Four Secret Tools That Boost Your Confidence”

Are You a Day-Dreamer, Dream-Killer, or Dream-Builder?

Recently I have heard a fascinating talk by best-selling author Elisabeth Gilbert. It reminded me of my own experiences when following new dreams and projects.

She described that any new idea starts in a three day phase. I can totally relate.

  • Day 1: You discover a new idea. You fall totally in love with what is possible and how beautiful and meaningful it would be.
  • Day 2: Reality hits. You see how far you are actually away from that ideal. This can crush many dreams.
  • Day 3: Are you still going with it? This is the difference maker.

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Moving to learning by speaking and writing with real people

It is hard to switch to this mode for me. I am so used to living as an observer and consumer.

And it is hard to believe you can change if you have done this for so long.

I am used to avoiding conversations as much as I can.

Though I usually enjoy them once I get started.

And we can do a lot of the basic things in life without having to speak a single word. Shopping for example just got so extremely convenient.

The hard truth is that we don’t learn a language by osmosis. And we don’t build relationships by osmosis. We need to take intentional action.