❄️ 3 Things I Learned This Year

After 680 issues, this is the last Friday Noon Memo 😢. Thank you for staying with me over the past 13 years (or part of the time).

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Now, here's the last memo:

This year was a special one in many ways, unfortunately not only positive. But as I keep saying, it is important to see every situation as a learning opportunity, even if it is negative.

The universe has lessons in store for us all the time. The only question is whether we see them as such.

I know very well that the situation is incredibly difficult for many people right now. And that is precisely why it is so important to look ahead.

So before I go into the Christmas break, here are three things that I learned in the past year that will help us in the future - and I'm probably not alone:

  1. Stable conditions are an illusion.

    The Russian war of aggression is not the only sign that apparent stability is over for the time being. Global turbulence and new challenges in energy supply are just some of the other uncertainties.

    Let's not fool ourselves: Uncertainty has always been the normal state of affairs. Certainty is always only temporary. This applies to politics and the economy just as it does to relationships, health and everything else.

    Mankind is also "successful" simply because we are very adaptable.

    The past year has brutally reminded us of one thing: those who rest on the illusion of certainty will lose.

    Those who know that nothing is permanent, on the other hand, can prepare themselves in a completely different way and will have faster and better answers.

    Comfort is dangerous - in all areas of life.

    My tip: Stay mentally agile, especially when conditions seem secure.

  2. The mindset makes all the difference.

    We see it not only in the current example of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj, but you can also test it on yourself at any time: the mindset makes the difference.

    For example, in 2021 and 2022 I had the best years of my business' existence. The reason: my attitude, my mindset. When Covid came along, one of my first questions was: how can I benefit from it (within my values, of course)?

    Retreating and complaining was never an option. Instead, it was the impetus to finally bring an innovation boost to my business - obviously with success.

    I don't tell this to brag, but to make clear the power of beliefs.

    Important: Strategies, tactics, decisions and actions always follow beliefs - not the other way around.

    For example, if you believe in winning and in your capacity to find good solutions in any situation, you will usually succeed. I find this fascinating and reassuring.

  3. Many small steps lead to success.

    Sometimes big actions are important. But in most cases, consistently executing many small steps in the right direction is critical.

    For example, I didn't create my successful hybrid leadership coaching (online content plus live sessions) overnight after I made my decision, but in many small steps.

    It was important to connect with successful role models, create individual elements and, most importantly, test them quickly in the market.

    It is the same with the generation of new business: From maybe one hundred contacts, one new customer will emerge at some point. Only the many small consistent actions count.

    This reminds me of the boxer in the ring: the many small bounces count. If you act rigidly in big steps, you will certainly be knocked out.

    No matter what you want to achieve: especially in uncertain times, it is crucial that you move forward step by step and keep adjusting the path in between. The times of big strategies every 5 years are long gone.

I hope that these three experiences will in turn give you some food for thought. If you want to go deeper into one or the other topic, just schedule ➔ a short appointment with me, as always.

I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas 🎄 and a good start into the New Year 🎉.


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