Why Gratitude

Why Gratitude?

Gratitude, gratitude, why gratitude?


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Gratitude, gratitude!

Why am I asking you to practice gratitude every day?

Well, let me tell you a story: When I arrived in Bali for the first time
in October 2016, we had booked accommodation and scooters for 12 digital nomads.
And we arrived at our accommodation and everything was well. But, no scooters were there.

Well, with German thinking we thought: “The bloody Asians, they didn’t get it organized!”

So, somebody from the group called the scooter rental agent.
And they said: “The scooters gonna arrive during the day, don’t worry!”

About 2 hours later: The helmets were on the table and the keys right in front of them.
And no one of us did get to see somebody from the scooter rental company.

So they didn’t ask us for:

  • an imprint from the credit card
  • no deposit
  • not signing any kind of contract.

They didn’t want to see our driver’s license,  nor our ID cards.

And I started thinking. I was deeply impressed! How comes that those people give us
so much credit, in terms of credibility? Without even knowing us foreigners from Europe. Well, it made me think!

And so, I started to observe:

  • How the Balinese live?
  • And how they think?
  • What their values are?

And then I found they practice a gratitude ritual three times a day! And I think this ritual primes their mind. So I found the Balinese are almost living a life without any fear! Even if this is probably not the complete answer. But I guess, that the gratitude ritual they do

  • every morning,
  • every midday,
  • and every evening

is a good part of priming their mind, to live an almost fear-free life. And being able to give so much trust to foreigners. They believe in karma, they trust others and that’s what they get in return.

Back in the Western world, I almost experienced the opposite of it:
Everybody needs insurance for any bloody nonsense. We are chasing security and certainty … And that costs a hell lot of your energy!

I think: This ends up like living right in the center of scarcity!

How Gratitude gets you our of scarcity?

And I found: That practicing gratitude helps you to get out of there! That’s why I want you to write this

GRATITUDE JOURNAL

every day. And write down 5 things you are grateful for.

I was thinking for a long, long time this year about my purpose in life. And after six weeks doing some research about

  • my values and
  • my purpose of life

I found out: That bringing gratitude to the Western world is just one part of what I’m here for. And so, that’s why I keep asking and challenging you to write down 5 things you’re grateful for every day.

So, go and get it done and enjoy the

Abundance Challenge and become GRATEFUL!

And get your mind out of scarcity!

To enjoy a HAPPY and FULFILLING LIFE!

What is Entrepreneurship

What is Entrepreneurship

What is an entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is a self-employed person who founded his own business

What is Entrepreneurship? As it is described in Wikipedia, it means the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which is often initially a small business. People who create a business are called entrepreneurs. The word Entrepreneurship comes originally from the French language. And it is made up of the words “entre” and “prendre”, as much as “business”.

So, what is entrepreneurship in the classical sense?

What is EntrepreneurshipIt is all of the tasks of the founder and a business owner got to take care of. But much more it is their mindset. It is considered as an independent, responsible and healthy way of developing an enterprise. Due to this, entrepreneurship requires great responsibility. And at the same time, it involves taking high risks, because a lot of them fail financially. This means that the term “Entrepreneurship” characterizes a certain attitude of mind. So that the business can improve its success and chances to compete in the marketplace.

And what is entrepreneurship in a modern sense?

Due to the fact, that creating a business idea and putting it into life is a very creative process. An Entrepreneur is an artist. They got to imagine something special, break it down in executable steps, and turn their imagination into something real. And this never ends, they always have to reinvent their business, strategy, as well as the processes to make the business grow. And the base for that is the mental growth of the entrepreneur himself.

What is Entrepreneurship innovation

What is EntrepreneurshipIn English, the first French entrepreneur describes a personality that is quite good at bearing high responsibility and high risk. The word Entrepreneur is not just about the dull translation, but also about character. It requires a balanced attitude to life and the ability to produce new innovations over and over again.

The accompanying word entrepreneurship describes the entire complex of topics, which includes the field of self-employment. Depending on the reading, you can achieve very different content here. According to Schumpeter entrepreneurship definition, it is the creative destruction of existing structures, in order to establish innovations, that are usually obtained through reorganization. Entrepreneurship as the field of action of an entrepreneur. And it is also gilded as a learnable thinking principle, that can be derived and implemented by “normal” managers. Even though managers do not bear the high responsibility, like the entrepreneur himself.

An example of “what is entrepreneurship”

Imagine you got an idea for a business, and you found it together with a friend. The two of you become entrepreneurs. You invest a lot of your own cash and also the debt capital in your entrepreneurship. You also bear the entire responsibility for the capital. But since you are convinced of the idea of your entrepreneurship, the two of you are everything the company is about. You are two true entrepreneurs. And due to living it, your business becomes the blueprint of your characters.

What is entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship turns out into a happy life …

I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream: Speed vs. Direction

Most of the time we are in a hurry to make faster progress

I dreamed a dream, but in which direction am I running?

Often we consider speed as more essential than direction. If speed is more quintessential than direction, we most likely will be ending up earlier in a situation we don’t want! That’s why I keep doing the following exercise over and over again, on average about once a month.

“What is the target you really want to reach?”

You might think: “I dreamed a dream”, but be honest with yourself, dig deeper into what is missing the most in your life, what do you dream of? Make your dream bigger, make it amazingly big. Imagine your dream in blooming colors, turn it into a target by writing it down as precise as possible, be specific, put a date, a value, numbers, and facts to it to turn it into a target, because dreams are fiction, targets are a fixed point. The sharper your description is, the better it guides you toward its way.

To do so, put yourself in a cozy position. Have something ready to write it down, listen to some inspiring music or choose complete quietness. If it helps you to think freely, choose a point with a good view into the distance, over the ocean, which represents your future, e.g. at the beach, from a balcony, a mountain, an elevated outlook point, …

Give yourself as much time as it needs, at least one hour on your own. There is no rush to find your target. Think, imagine, and write it down, keep on writing until you cannot describe it any more precise and blooming. If you think you are finished, ask yourself:

“And what do I want beyond that?”

Write it all down. Writing it in the mobile phone notes app works the best for me, because I have it always with me, and I can re-read it each time I am relaxing, want to refocus or when I have the feeling I might get off track. Additionally, I can re-edit it,  to increase its attractiveness by describing it even more blooming and colorful. By doing so I stay focused and my fix point becomes more energy.

I am not promising you that just thinking about it will bring your there, you got to take action! Just running without a target lets you run very efficiently in circles, never bringing you to the point where you want to be. But taking action after thinking about your dream and focusing on your target, helps you to take more effective steps.


Nor I promise you that you will have the everlasting ultimate pleasure of achieving your target. But the good news is:

You shall have a lot of fun already on the way
because happiness is based on growth!

how to build confidence

How to Build Confidence – Success Journal

I had a conversation about how to build confidence with a wonderful lady. She told me:

– I lost my confidence.

Klaus Forster: #1 Do you write daily your success journal?

😔 no

Klaus Forster: Do you know how to do it?

– I think I know, but I would be happy if you could give me a guidance.

Klaus Forster:

#2 Put a daily reminder in your calendar, that reminds you, about 1 hour before you usually get to sleep.

#3 If you really want me to help you, send me every day a copy of your success journal.

#4 Read your past successes in your success journal from time to time, especially when you are low on energy.

How to build confidence? 

Write daily in your success journal

Whenever you feel low on energy or unmotivated, it is either due to a lack of confidence or you don’t have clear targets. In the worst case, both at the same time!

Why is this connected with each other?

High motivation just means you got a lot of energy. That means the simple equation looks like this:

Motivation = Energy

This part of the equation is pretty obvious, and everyone can confirm that from his own experience.

But what has it to do with how to build confidence and your clear targets?

Motivation =  Targets * Confidence

This most likely needs some more explanation. But think about a situation where you had a big dream e. g. owning an own villa with a wonderful garden, a garage full of fancy cars and employees that are serving you. But you were not confident enough to believe that you can reach it. Have you been able to get started? No, your motivation and energy were almost zero. Because

Zero Confidence * Targets = Zero Energy = Zero Motivation

Your energy level after working for a while in a new job:

The other day, you got a new job and you were confident after getting the contract signed, that you will do it really well. But your boss did forget to tell you what your targets are. So you were not able to make the decision in which direction you need to work. You tried out several directions, but after a while, you realize it is not producing results. So you keep losing your motivation and energy. And even worse, after a while also your confidence. This is the frustration phase.

This was not only your fault because as an employee you are working on targets of other people. But you can prevent it by asking for clarification of your target. Actually, you must ask! Asking for it is your responsibility if they are not clear.

Let’s switch the perspective: Now you are the boss!

Have you ever had a new employee who seemed to be motivated? Sure, most employees are highly motivated when they start a new job. But after some time every new employee loses his motivation. How can you help him? Look at the second equation. There are two things for you to work on:

1. Clarify the targets

2. Improve her or his self-confidence

how to build confidence

Agree with him on targets, that seem to be achievable for him. This supports both, the clarification of the targets and – if he believes that he can make it – it improves your employee’s self-confidence at the same time. The other thing is to encourage her or him to write a daily success journal.

By the way, everyone is going through this frustration phase, each and every time when you are learning something new. The more enthusiastic you are in the beginning the deeper the frustration phase will be. You are pretty well off, if you wrote down your successes during the enthusiastic phase, to be able to read them in the frustration phase.

So how to do it on your own, just for your own motivation and energy?

On the first thing, we will work in our business retreats, where we dig deep into our values to find out about our mission, vision and break them down into clear and achievable targets. And the second thing is, to write your success journal.

How to build confidence: For how long do you need to do it?

The great news is: Not forever! I would recommend, just to do it only as long as you live!

How to build confidence: How does it work?

Thinking about your day and concentrating on your successes is a priming exercise. This is very similar to writing a gratitude journal. It makes your brain focus on the positive things of the day. The best time to do it is just before you go to sleep. So your subconscious keeps working on it all night. This brings the fastest results.

How to build confidence: Make the best use out of your success journal

Whenever you feel low on energy you can read in it, which gives you a kick for your self-confidence. Also reviewing your targets helps. Both require that you wrote it down before! By the business retreat, we make sure that you will have clear targets written down. And for your success journal, get someone with authority whom you respect, who does not rely on a good relationship to you. Have this person controlling you, that you write your success journal every day, at least 5 days a week.

During our next

Business Retreat in Bali

we will also train to write the success journal and focus on the successes. After that, you will be doing it almost automatically.

 

Experience More Happiness

Experience More Happiness

Achievement is not the source of permanent happiness,
but everlasting growth!

Growth = Experience More Happiness

First of all, we need to understand, to Experience More Happiness, we need to grow. And that the speed of growth is proportional to our happiness. How can we improve the speed of our growth, to feel happier along the way? If you are training hard🏋️‍♀️ at the gym, what happens to your muscles?💪 Let’s imagine, you are training with a weight of 50 kg until you cannot make any more repetitions. You feel exhausted but you are happy and proud that you made it!

“Happiness is when what you think,
what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
– GANDHI

You know your muscles will be hurting the day after your training, they got sore. And as long as they are hurting, you are less strong than the day before. Due to that, you won’t be able to do the same exercise anymore with 50 kg. Maybe you are still able to do it with 40 or 45 kg at the most. But if you do it again after 2 days relaxing your muscles, you will be able to do the same exercise with 52 or even 55 kg! So you gained quite a bit of strength during relaxation.

So what happened?

Experience More HappinessAfter your physical workout, you got weaker, but after a rest, your muscles grew stronger! This principle is well known for physical training. And everyone knows how to relax physically. Having a refreshing drink, putting up your legs, having a massage and some delicious food, which is rich in essential oils and protein.

We can learn from athletes to get the right balance between training and relaxing. If you train too often your power goes down and you damage your muscle. But if you do not train often enough, you gain much less than possible. To find good timing for the next training session the key is to improve the speed of growth. For the average person, 2 times a week is good for physical training. If you are more active it can be 3-5 times a week, but the training should be less intense. If you are in good shape already, training once a week with high intensity can be enough to maintain your form.

Why do top athletes train each day 2 units a day?

They concentrate on every training on a different section of their body. No marathon runner goes for two marathons a day during his preparation for a competition! And we can learn how to adapt this strategy as well, by switching between different kinds of training.

But how about mental growth? Can you apply the same principles? Of cause, you can. But most people don’t understand how to train and relax mentally.

What is mental training?

Mental training is learning, being creative, and – you probably won’t like this: working under pressure and stress, for example, participating in an exam, competition or finishing a project until a fixed deadline! Anything that brings you out of your comfort zone and increases your risk tolerance. If your head is getting hot because your brain seems🧠 to burn all of your energy, while you can smell your own cold sweat.😓

That is the stress you need as a trigger for mental growth. You will gain a higher stress tolerance. Similar to the physical training, which stresses your muscle and sets a growth impulse. And yes, it hurts!

Due to avoiding the pain, most people rather try to avoid stress, so they hardly ever get a growth trigger. Other people feel permanently stressed. They feel under pressure at work, are afraid that the taxman gets them, think that the kids are too demanding, having no time and never enough money!💰 They are caught on a treadmill, like a runner who trains by running two marathons each day. They are getting weaker and weaker and finally end up in burnout and in depression.

How to relax mentally to Experience More Happiness?

This can be done through meditation, breathing exercises or sleeping, dancing, and physical training. Actually, everything that gives your brain a break, which makes you almost stop thinking. 🤔 Sounds easy, but in fact, it is a challenge to think nothing! Especially during rem sleep, which is the deep sleep phase in which you sink right after falling asleep, and periodically later during the night, puts your brain into standby. That’s why one gets around with a hand full of shot sleeping phases per day.

How to find the right balance between mental training and relaxation?

If you are working and working or learning and don’t see any progress, this is like the hurting sore muscle after the physical training. You feel uncomfortable and😣 try to push harder. But this is time to take a rest! You need it the most when you think you can afford it the least. It seems, that our bodies are giving clearer signals than our brains! But this is not true. Especially in western society, you get more honor if you are looking stressed and overworked than for taking a break at the right time, having faster growth and harvesting the success of it. This gets rather considered as luck! So it is just a bad habit to overrule it.

Taking a break is good airmanship

Fortunately, there are also good examples of this awareness: Air traffic controllers and pilots get trained for listening to their signals of getting tired. And it’s called good airmanship when they say: “I am tired and I need to take a rest.” So another air traffic controller or the co-pilot takes over. They get encouraged to take a break from their education programs. Even this is basically done for the security of the passengers, crew and flight devices, as well as for the security of flight traffic in general. And we can utilize this strategy for our growth and happiness. To avoid a reduction in your stress tolerance levels, you need to change the habit of constant stress.

For me, it was a great improvement to take each month for one week of holiday. I booked a cheap charter package tour in a basic hotel. And I chose the dates in the offseason in a low priced region. So it hardly did cost more than my life back home. So I started working remotely, only a few hours a day. While spending my days with sports, meditation, and walking along the beach. So I kept sleeping long and enjoyed the freedom of mind away from the daily business.

Scheduling breaks to Experience More Happiness

After coming back I realized how much progress was done in my abstinence. And even better, I felt so happy about the gained effectivity, because I learned to get many things organized in a short time after my return back home.

This made it easy for me to break with my habit to stay busy permanently. And I utilize this practice as well as my junk food day each Saturday. Because always eating only healthy stuff is like being in permanent stress. On junk food day my appetite tells me what is missing in my diet. And it is easy to start, to take scheduled breaks, every 4, 6 or 8 weeks from your work routine. With this increase in mindfulness, you will become more sensitive to listening to your needs. And you will find your own optimal rhythm between stress and relaxation.

Learn more about taking breaks to improve happiness