Thank You

Thank You, for the last year and anything coming up

Thank you so much for thinking about me, my dear! I am standing upside down. Or for my Australian friends: Downside up!

This video was taken one year ago. And as you just learned from it, I had big plans … Do you want to know how it turned out?

Let’s see what happened:

  • In April I partied a couple of nights in Kuta, Bali.
  • Entrepreneur sleep phasesThen I started my sleep experiment and traveled to Gili Air.
  • After returning back to Bali my friend Yulisa visited me in Pererenan.
  • In May I went for another trip to the Gilis, this time to Gili Meno with a short visit on Gili Trawangan and a scooter ride around Lombok.
  • Later in May, I went to Java to climb Mt. Ijen.
  • I participated in a one-week seminar to learn Balinese massage.
  • And I climbed with a friend into a canyon to see a waterfall and have a refreshing dip in the white water below it.
  • Thank youI applied for my working visa in Indonesia. And in June I traveled to Kuala Lumpur in Malasia to pick up the visa at Indonesian embassy and visited Melaka.
  • During a morning beach walk, I found the new Udara Yoga Resort at Seseh beach. Which I checked out on the next Sunday morning. And I loved it. Especially the vegetarian brunch blew my mind! Since that Sunday morning, you can find me almost every Sunday morning there.
  • I started listening to the audiobook The Road Less Stupid and thinking time became a daily habit. And I became a real fan of the author. I heard rumors that he is the blueprint for Rich Dad from the book Rich Dad Poor Dad from Robert Kiosaki.
  • Planning, organizing and Marketing the 24th Musician Day at Rooms4Music kept me quite busy in June.
  • In July I took a trip to Jakarta, Java.
  • After coming back to Bali, I had my worst hairdresser experience ever. I ended up bold due to a communication problem. So I decided to learn Indonesian.
  • Mid of July I flew via Katar to Germany and visited the impressive city of Doha.
  • At the arrival in Frankfurt and I wanted to pick up my rental car. Buchbinder car rental required a credit card with a PIN for the deposit. I had no PIN for my credit card. No signs by name, no EC card, no cash, not a quick money transfer, nor a credit card from a friend with another name on it was possible. So I did not get the car nor a refund. Stubborn heads!
  • We had the Musician Day in Stuttgart at Rooms4Music. But the number of participants was disappointing inadequate.
  • I went for my yearly health check at the Deutsches Zentrum für Individualisierte Prävention und Leistungsverbesserung (DIZP) in Hannover. My health conditions got slightly better than the year before. Little adjustments where necessary, but nothing serious.
  • And in August I went on a trip to Cuba with my friend Jenny. It was an interesting experience. And I have never been so glad before, that I got born in capitalism. Thank you, Cuba for teaching me this lesson. After 5 days I had enough and escaped on the next available connection to Bali!
  • I found a beautiful wooden house and booked it for one month to recover from the disappointment about the musician day in Germany and the poverty that communism produces.
  • And I started taking classes to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
  • In September I took a scooter ride to the north of Bali. Tasting a lot of Balinese teas. It brought me to Bedugul, passing the volcanoes, the three lakes and to Medewi Beach, Singaraja and all the way to Kubu. On the way back I visited the impressive and well-hidden waterfall Agung.
  • I had a fabulous time at Mahamustika Beach Inn and the landlord offered me to move to the Beach House, where I spent a wonderful time. He offered me to rent it long term, but we could not agree on the price.
  • So I moved on to Double a House across the street where I learned, that I prefer a small practical apartment with room service much more than a complete two bedroom house, where I have to take care for everything myself. I am grateful that I learned this lesson before I signed the contract.
  • End of September I went for a trip around the southern peninsula of Bali. Staying in Jimbaran and visiting Garuda Wisnu, the biggest statue in the southern hemisphere.
  • Somehow I could not enjoy Bali anymore as much as I used to do it. And my father’s birthday was near. Plus I got some bad news about my business in Germany. The owner of the building, in which we ran our rehearsal studios, wanted to use a part of his property by himself. And I had the feeling I needed to be on site to clarify the situation. So, I decided to surprise him with a visit to Germany. And the surprise worked out! For my dad’s birthday and for me.
  • My sister told me about the Lollslauf, a half marathon in my hometown next Saturday. I hesitated because I was not trained for it. But on the morning of the race, I went there, registered last minute and enjoyed the run to it’s fullest. It was the most relaxed one I ever ran, 2:14h!
  • We informed some of our tenants that we are looking for them for new rehearsal studios. And that we expect, that have to move them by End of January 2019. Followed by a search marathon for other buildings and some negotiations with the building owner. We gained 3 Months! But still, there was a stressful time ahead.
  • negotiate the price of a businessEnd of October I flew to Austin, TX to participate in a one-week business seminar from Rich Dad. Btw. his real name is Kieth Cunningham.
  • I continued to Houston and from there back to Bali. On this connection, I “enjoyed” the longest flight I ever had: Houston – Taipei which took 16:30 hours! I was able to sleep a lot in a comfortable plane, so it did not appear to be so long to me. The airline did not want to take me on board because they did not accept my visa, which legally does not require an onward ticket. But after 2 h of negotiation with the Indonesian embassy, they decided to take me on board. Visa regulations are really a pain in the …
  • In November after coming back to Bali I kept on searching for a new place to move the rehearsal studios. Hired some virtual assistants, qualifying a lot of buildings and coordinated them and visits to buildings.
  • Further, I found a place to open a coworking space. And I started learning about regulations, rules, renovation cost, calculations, and concept development. I was very enthusiastic about it and invested a lot of time into the research. It was a lot of fun and I could use what I learned from Rich Dad about business.
  • Beginning of December I received some good news from my landlord: We can use the space until the end of 2021. Which turned out into a bit of release from the stress. But our tenants did not feel certain about our rehearsal studios anymore. We got so many cancellations as never before. Luckily our waiting list was so big, that we were able to fill all free spaces. But it turned out into a quite challenging time for my manager on site. I called it an April fool because the April date got canceled. This kept me busy in December.
  • Over Christmas and New Years I went for a trip to Ubud, Ahmed, Mt. Agung, Bedugul, Singaraja, and Gilimanuk. It was a wonderful road trip for almost 2 weeks.
  • In January it was time to go for the next visa run. Because my visa only allows staying for up to 60 days. So I went to Manila, Philippines. From there I continued to Puerto Galera, Naples, Malay and to Iloilo City. All in all an almost American like eating culture. Only preprocessed food in the shops. Almost impossible to get a warm meal which is not deep fried.  And that results in an American shape of the people. I learned this is another country, in which I get homesick to Bali.
  • In February I got back to Bali, and I enjoyed it, as almost never before! I moved to Lovina on the north coast and found a place called Dream Hill which became my office. A guesthouse with a very relaxed atmosphere, a restaurant on top of a rock with an amazing view over Lovina and the ocean.
  • In March I received a call from the landlord of my rehearsal studios. And the same story as in October began for a second time. Once again they wanted to have our space for themselves and cancel our contract before the end of the agreed lease period. A lot of negotiations followed and we intensified once again the search for alternative buildings, without success.
  • End of March I went for one week to a T. Harv Eker seminar to Singapore. Once again I had the feeling I need to be on site in Germany to clarify the situation with my studios. And instead of taking the flight back to Bali, I decided to book a return flight to Germany and a rental car for 3 weeks.
  • When I tried to check in for my flight I wanted to join a friend to the gate, which was in a different terminal than my flight. So I used the boarding pass of my flight to Bali to get there. After saying goodbye, I wanted to continue to my terminal. But they did not let me get out of the security zone and the officer told me: “This is an arrestable offense, you are in serious trouble.” I thought that it was a misunderstanding. But they interviewed me for 3 hours. I missed my flight, lost all connections, and the rental car. At least I did not have to go into prison. But they took away my passport and told me to contact them the day later. Subsequently I had to book another night and the next day they told me to come to the police station and pick up my passport and a warning. Finally, I got around any fine, but I still do not understand what this rule is good for, apart from keeping civil servants busy.
  • I booked another flight to Germany and a rental car. From Frankfurt, I went to Stuttgart to see my employee and to clarify the situation. Facing the situation I found out, this time is nothing left to negotiate anymore. In a quite depressed mood, I celebrated the birthday of my son and also mine. It seems that I have to close my business just before it will turn 10 years.
  • But each ending equals a new start. So I feel that even if this is a difficult situation, that I am standing just in front of the next big breakthrough. I am curious about what is awaiting me in the next year.
Thank You

Why isn’t that open today? Today is my “Feiertag”!

I am grateful for everything that took me out of my comfort zone.  Because it let me grow and gives me more strength for upcoming challenges.

Yes, I assume that was the best year of my life … so far … thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

How to make or take a decision

How to Make or Take a Decision?

‘We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them’ by Albert Einstein

From time to time people experience a hard time to make or take a decision. Why? Whenever I got a hard time to take a decision, it is for some reason. Psychologists usually say: It is due to some kind of depression as the underlying cause. Then they want to treat the depression, which can take years. I am rather looking for a solution. Due to the fact, that all unanswered questions are called problems, my approach is: Follow your values to make or take a decision.

Problems can only be solved
on a higher level than they appear

Imagine you see the urge to save somebody’s life. Because someone fell into the pool and can’t swim. You don’t need to think twice to take a decision. If you are a good swimmer, you will jump into the water as well. If not you might hold out for something that swims, e. g. a rescue ring or an inflatable rubber duck. Sitting down, being depressed about it, and having a cigarette, while you are thinking what to do, is no option. Your basic need for contribution is so strong, that it hardly feels like a decision at all.

How to make or take a decision

Some people keep sitting for more than 10 minutes in a restaurant reading the menu. Not because it is such an exciting story. They are just not clear what they should eat. Not being clear about, shall I save some money and choose the cheapest. Or shall I spoil myself with the most delicious of food on the menu? Not even being clear if you prefer healthy food or junk food makes it almost impossible to decide. Also, no clarity about the value of money or health leads to this situation.

Time to treat the underlying depression.
Come on, this is complete bullshit!

Clarify what your basic need, your values, your dreams are. And what your mission, and vision is.

Find them in a business retreat.

Someone who is on a special diet, and got due to this a limited variety of food to choose from, has a much easier time to decide. There are some constraints guiding him through the menu. Just choosing what fits the best, and then maybe asking the waiter: “Is it free of gluten or lactose?” Done! It shows that he knows his values and that health is valued higher than (saving) money.

Do you have clarity about your targets, mission, vision, and dreams? If I am having trouble to decide, I know that I am having no clarity about some of my values. Let’s have a look into some examples:

Example 1: Make or take a decision

Should I still add musicians to my Facebook contacts, or only female entrepreneurs? This means I am not focussed on one of my business Rooms4Music or Vitality4Happiness. Due to that, I understand, that serving both are pulling me in different directions. Just a strategic question. Which can be solved on a higher level.

Time to think about my mission and take a decision! It is an easy decision after thinking about this for a short time. My mission is: I am vitality for happiness. Some of my highest values are health, love, happiness – which is caused by growth – and contribution. Plus I love woman and entrepreneurship! My customers from Rooms4Music are musicians, mostly male, no entrepreneurs. Most of them play their music for pleasure and don’t want to grow with it. And finally, health is completely outside of their focus.

Example 2: Make or take a decision

Shall I organize business retreats or just invest in some business and then mentor the entrepreneurs I am invested in? It makes me aware, that I am not clear on the strategy, how to grow the business.

I need to clarify the next higher level, my mission. My mission doesn’t help at this point. So let’s go one level further up. My vision is to see the hunger in the world disappear. And I want to contribute to it. The quicker I invest the more I can contribute. The business retreats might delay this process. So I should rather invest first, and then do the business retreats for those who I am already invested in. Helping them to run their business more efficiently, so that we jointly can contribute more. Thinking it that way, it becomes rather clear how I have to tune the strategy.

Example 3: Make or take a decision

Do I want to stay in Bali or keep on traveling around the world? Here I can see, something is conflicting within my basic needs. So this can (only) be solved, by looking into my values.

I learned something new about my values in a mastermind group, in which all of the participants guessed the primary value of the others. Most of the guesses where pretty accurate. And the guesses where in accordance with what the other participants thought about themselves. With the exception of me! Everybody said, that my first value is freedom. Freedom didn’t even appear on my list! So I realized, that I am already living this value, that I don’t see it anymore as my value. And yes, I got aware that it is my most essential value. So please don’t ask me for an everlasting monogamous relationship! Being aware of that, it becomes easy to say bye bye to Bali. At least from time to time for a trip around the world.

The hierarchical order of these levels

  • Vision or dream: Making this world or universe a better place
  • Mission or targets: Contribution to those around you
  • Strategy or plan: Individual needs, growth, success, adventure
  • Basic needs and values: Security, survival, love, and connection

To do: Your make or take a decision exercise

I want you to have an easier time, to make or take a decision in the future. To get there, I am asking you to understand and practice the mechanism behind this. Here comes my thinking time for you. Analyze this question:

“Which of my products should I do the most intensive marketing for?”

Have a look at these products

Then come back to this page and answer the following questions:

  • On which level does this question show, that I am not clear?
  • What is the level above?
  • What needs to to be clarified?
  • How would you recommend to solve it?

Please write your thoughts and recommendations in the comments below. You can show your expertise. And if you thought all the way through it, that you can write down the answer in a few sentences, you have learned the most. Plus you are earning a backlink to your webpage, which even increases your web page ranking on google. Btw. here you can learn more about SEO.

And keep solving your problems by answering your questions on a higher level than they appear!

satisfy all human needs by running marathons

Satisfying All Human Needs

Why am I running marathons?

Because it is satisfying all human needs.

Which human needs can be satisfied by running?You arrive at the finish line as a different person than the one who started. Getting runners high during the race is like a meditation, which even supports mental growth. The training is turning the body into a fat burning machine which gives me physical growth.

The challenge of each run is an adventure: Am I able to finish? Which gives me a challenge and some uncertainty.

To do something most people never do is very attractive to me because it fulfills the need to be outstanding and significant.

If I can run for several hours, I also can make love for a loooonnng time. Yes, I experienced that it even makes me a better lover: I can contribute better to my partner’s satisfaction.

running fulfills all human needsThe endurance I got from the training helps me in reaching out for higher targets, which gives me the certainty of being able to reach anything I want.

I enjoy the rhythm of the steps and it is a wonderful pace to experience nature or urban regions. The additional oxygen clears my mind and lets me think better. It makes my body stronger and more attractive and I do love myself, everybody else, the world and the universe better for experiencing that.

Writing this, I just realized, that it fulfills all six human needs. Actually, anything that fulfills more than three human needs is addictive. Probably the real reason to do it, again and again, is:

I am addicted to running!

 

How Vitality4Happiness satisfies your six human needs (according to Tony Robbins):

Greetings in Indonesian

Happy Haircut – Greetings in Indonesian

Due to my bad Indonesian skills, I got a Happy Haircut. But at least I manage some Greetings in Indonesian.

After learning these greeting in Indonesian, you’d be ready for your take of to Bali!

Hi good morning,

Happy Haircut

As you can see, yesterday I had the worst hairdresser experience ever. Actually, the happy haircut was created due to a communication problem. So I definitely need to learn some more Bahasa Indonesia to avoid another happy haircut like that. Actually, I already picked up a little bit.

Greetings in Indonesian

If it is in the morning you say: “Salamat pagi”

Or if it is in the evening it is: “Salamat malam”

If it is time to eat, it is: “Salamat macan”

And if it is a girl coming the other way, I keep saying: “Salamat sayang”

Which actually means “darling”. It’s no propper Indonesian, I know that. But it creates always a smile in the other persons face.

Happy HaircutAnd then, another very essential one: If it is an Australian bloke you say: “Salamat Bintang”

So that means cheers mate.

 

After this preparation,

You’d be ready for your take of to Bali!

 

Learn some more greetings in Indonesian, with even better pronunciation than mine:

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Nyepi Day of Silence 2020

Nyepi Day of Silence 2020

Bali 24 Hours Offline on Nyepi Day of Silence 2020

Nyepi Day 2020

will begin at 6:00 AM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
and ends at 6:00 AM on Thursday, March 26, 2020 *

Nyepi Day of Silence 2020 is the Balinese New Year. And it is very different than in the western world. Because Bali goes 24 hours offline. Most cultures celebrate New Year with fireworks and a lot of parties, alcohol, and a lot of noise. The Balinese call the Hindu Day of Silence “Nyepi”. The intention of Nyepi is, to meditate and getting quiet inside.

  • It is even forbidden to going on the street, no music, no fires, no electric light …
  • Bali Goes 24 Hours Offline on, Wed. March 7th, 2020 from 6 am until Thu., March 26th, 2020 at 6 am *. So don’t worry if your friends in Bali are not responding to your instant messaging.
  • And all shops and restaurants will be closed, only hotels provide basic services to their guests.
  • Further, the Airport is out of service for 23 hours on March 7 from 6:00 * and will be served again on March 26, 2020, at 05:00 *.

* All times are in WITA, Central Indonesia Time, Bali, Perth, Singapore time zone.

I am really looking forward to this quiet and peaceful Nyepi day 2020 in Bali. Because I will enjoy my silent day for

thinking time and meditation.

Further information about Bali Goes 24 Hours Offline on Silent Day, Nyepi Day of Silence 2020