These past weeks have brought their share of bad news for many people around me and it’s painful to know what they are going through. I want to step back and say: it’s all in your mind, drop it! But I know very well that we don’t find peace and confidence amidst the tempest storm. … More Quit the dark corner of the mind: welcome happiness!
This winter has been extremely long and cold in Zürich. The time for joy of the first snowflakes has long past and the absence of sun in the city starts to leave a depressed imprint on our desperate souls. This is the perfect ground for destructive negative emotions to flourish and take over our minds. As we recognize how cold, … More Above the clouds, the sun is always shining: how to overcome your negative thoughts
A sudden rush of anger surges in our mind and we are ready to scream, explode, crash the vase (and the flowers), hit whatever comes to hand or throw ourselves from the window. That’s ugly and painful. Let’s be honest: we all go through this, just a question of shades. I remember a time when … More Rage against the machine: tips to avoid self-destruction and be at peace
I like to use the change of seasons to reflect on my behavior and sense-check if I am on track vs. my set goals. I built this habit from a wonderful advice shared by Michael Hyatt in his e-book Creating your life plan (you can get a free download here: life plan). As the winter … More 21 bad habits for change: ready for a new start?
Act with parsimony – less is more. Breath fully, deeply and slowly – it will tune your thoughts to your feelings and hopefully give you time to think through before you speak Concentrate on the topic at hand – forget about the myth of multi-tasking Dominate your wandering mind and emotions – direction is key and … More What do great leaders do? A leader’s alphabet
Judgmental patterns drive us like slaves. They are deeply embedded in our minds without us even noticing. Depending on our country or culture, we adhere to different stereotypes and believe we are wise enough not to get influenced by those obviously over-simplistic thoughts: “the French complain so much and get nothing done; Germans are rule-driven and … More Be smarter than your mental patterns
Stress has unfortunately become a daily companion in our lives: frequent headaches, stomach cramps, skin problems; hurried voices, nervous movements, lack of concentration; disconnection to our feelings and constant layer of anxiety in our chests. You know it. I started a new challenging & demanding job 5 months ago in a corporate environment and almost … More Bringing the stress upon us until we realize it is our choice:relax