Thinking Time

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Thinking Time

Today is the most essential day of your life.

Thinking time is the most essential time of your day.

Thinking TimeThat’s why I want to share my questions, for which I am finding answers every morning (before I get up) and write them down:

  1. What would I do today if I died tomorrow?
  2. What would I learn today if I lived forever?
  3. How can I love myself and the world better?
  4. Which action will I take today to move in the direction of my major goals?
  5. Which of my dreams can I make even bigger and initiate the next little step in its direction?

This is actually a priming exercise, which serves you with new answers to the same questions, almost every day. It gets you out of the dilemma of having only two choices: Yes and no, black or white or move on or stop. By the end of the week, you can choose which answer serves you the best.

What are your thinking time questions?

Thinking Time

The most maluable asset is time

What is your most valuable asset?

While writing this, I am on the flight to Austin, Texas. I will participate in a seminar from Keith Cunningham. On the flight, I am listening to his book “The Road Less Stupid“. It inspired me to think about the most valuable asset. Which brought up this idea:

Sharing my thinking time about the most valuable asset with you, my dear!

What is the most valuable asset? It’s time!

Time is your most valuable assetTo do so,

– I will send you 2 to 3 times a week questions about a thinking time issue
– until the next day we collect our ideas
– on the third day, we evaluate the ideas and decide which one we are going to implement
– then it starts over again with the next issue

Due to being a big fan of simplicity, effectivity, and frugalism, I want to start with thinking about “saving time”. Because time is our most valuable resource. It creates space to do things, that improve your life, health, wealth, growth, vitality and happiness. So, saving time provides you with the biggest benefit. Apart from, if you are permanently bored. But I can’t see that risk in your case. Here are the thinking time questions for today:

  • What am I not doing anymore?
  • What would I recommend to you, not to do anymore?
  • Which of my habits doesn’t produce results?

Find and share at least 3 ideas within the next 24 hours. Write down what comes spontaneously into your mind. Perfectionism is not an issue here. The more ideas, the better. Spontaneous ideas need less time, so you are already implementing one time-saving method!

If you think you don’t have time for this exercise and taking care for your most valuable asset, means that you would have the biggest benefit from it! So, here are the questions, once again:

  • What am I not doing anymore?
  • What would I recommend to you, not to do anymore?
  • Which of my habits doesn’t produce results?

My ideas about my most valuable asset are:

What am I not doing anymore?

  • Training up to 5 times a week. Only training 3 times a week, up to 1 h maximum with high intensity, e. g.
    • Cardio e.g. running, swimming cycling
    • Strengthening e. g. dumbles or weight lifting
    • Mindfulness e. g. yoga, stretching, tantric energy
  • Stop oversleeping, having 1 to 3 rests during the day, lifting night sleep to 6 h max
  • Working longer than 90 minutes continuously
  • Not writing blogs in German anymore, English only. Let Google translate it.
  • Having someone who does the German translation for me
  • Planing the outcome of tomorrow before I fall asleep. Then concentrate on the single most essential task

What would I recommend to you, not to do anymore?

  • protect your most valuable assetClose the door behind you, when working.  And put an “ON AIR” sign with a skull on the outside, e.g. while producing music, learning, writing or having your thinking time. So that nobody disturbs you and to avoid interruptions.
  • Only have those things on the table, I currently need to get my current job done.
  • Concentrate on a single task. No drinks, snacks, cigarettes while working. Nor playing with the smartphone, telephone calls, WA, FB, Emails while eating.

Which of my habits doesn’t produce results?

  • Instead of mentoring Chris individually, adding him to the mastermind
  • Not doing social media myself anymore
  • Removing those participants from the mastermind who don’t contribute

One member of the mastermind group came up with the following ideas:

  1. What am I not doing anymore?
    Because someone knows more about a particular subject than I do, I would never assume their advice on that subject is right for me.
  2. What would I recommend you not to do anymore?
    Do not talk about lack and limitations, unless you want more of the same
  3. What am I doing due to a habit which doesn’t produce results?
    Complaining about the changes in my company

Another member came up with these thoughts:

  • What am I not doing anymore?
  1. Let me persuade to dispose of any rubbish from tenants or the like.
    • Listen to boring stories of things that I do not really care about. (Keep your hard drive clean and clean.)
    • Do not feed your mind with any junk you do not care about, a quote from the series “Elementary” (Sherlock Holmes).
    • Endless phone calls with interested customers lead but, as quickly as possible but also as necessary, come to the point and arrange a visit.
    • pointless visits reduce Ala “I wanted to stop by”
    • waste (personal) too much time with Instagram etc.
    • Expand email templates to save time when answering emails
  2. What do you recommend to me to stop doing?
    • Check out what’s fun and then stop doing things that make you unhappy
    • To deal with Apple devices: D
    • Possibly. also from other digital things that will kill you like Newsletter2go etc.
  3. What do I do out of habit, which brings no results?
    • To be the good-natured one
    • Do things quickly and in between that just distract me
    • Listening to stories that do not interest me in principle


… and join the mastermind today

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!