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Sunday Column (487)

Has it been another week? Really? Time flies. Not long now and it’s another year, if you know what I mean. The times are changing and so is my outlook on life and with every conversation, every podcast, I am looking for my next purpose in life, the bigger thing. Does that make sense to you?

This week I recorded three podcasts. One was about homeless people, one about the plastics in oceans and another was about the generation cherry, and what to do when taking redundancy. Serendepity or not, all of those come at a time when I am discussing not jobs, but opportunities to join and work for companies, doing more contract work and see which direction I might go. Look at adjusting the sails according to the wind in the industry and how I add most value to people that are interested in my skills. And as long as people are interested, and as long as I show flexibility, things will be ok. Life isn’t bad at all, life is good and actually, I would almost go as far as calling it exciting. Embrace life for what it is.

Sometimes we just have to take stock, which I did over the past few months, and what I call “re-calibration”. That means for me to assess my values, my aspirations and what it means to me to have a happy, a fulfilled life. What makes me tick? The start up or the corporate? The advisory role or contract role or the permanent one? Whichever path I choose, I move in the right direction, as there isn’t a wrong direction, is there? There is nothing you can loose, if you move forward. Do it. Carpe idem.

What if we question all the conventional boundaries and go for things that we have never done before. What if we set sail and start into the unknown. To survive, to live and to change. To leave a legacy and something to be remembered by. Of course life isn’t as black and white, but imagine for a minute it was and you could be the one adding colour the way you want, not the way others want. Yet you are the one that determines what and when you do things. Wouldn’t you be happier?

I have 13 posts to go. Another quarter of the year. Then I hit the magical 500 Sunday Columns. I launched the first column on the 1st of March 2009. Shortly before my first redundancy in a year which should have changed my life. My first son was born. I took a 2nd redundancy. Wow. That’s almost 10 years now and I just moved forward and forward…..I enjoy writing but I am also contemplating of changing things around. To keep it fresh….

Life has just begun, and you are in charge to make the most of it. Every single day!

Anyway, those are my thoughts this week. What have you been up to?

Best,
Volker

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Sunday Column (271)

It seems like a long week. Every time I seem to come down with a common cold, I get something else on top. Or, once ran down, I take ages to recover. I don’t know if it is my immune system, or just all the stuff that was going on over the last few weeks.

Anyway, after a temperature and feeling really down last weekend, I slowly recovered from Monday, with last symptoms being there until end of week. It seems to be crazy but I now will be back on my training cycle, not only to keep my weight off but to stay fit and fight off any more bugs. At least this time I can blame the kids for all the bugs as the whole family had it.

I still wonder if when travelling you pick up more bugs and with the commute too. I tried vitamin pills, sauna and all, but nothing seems to help. I suppose if your kids got the bug, you can’t escape it. Because on any other aspects of my body, as far as I am aware, I am very healthy. We work on it.

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Let’s stop moaning about bugs and move on to nicer things. Better weather will help either way, with bugs, things to do and plan weekends with the kids. Just hanging out in the garden, go for walks, take the kids to places etc. I cannot wait as we also do our planning for the summer holidays. With the renovation work it will be a bit low key but we are hopingo to try out some camping and caravan experience.

Work has been fairly busy this week with some more great progress. I really enjoy the new (or not so new anymore) challenge and feel like this is the right direction I am going. Things happen for a reason and I when looking back over the past 12 months things have moved on. Life has been good to me, yet challenging. If you truly believe things will happen, they will, you can achieve anything you want.

Anthony Robbins has this RPM, rapid planning method. A result oriented, purpose driven, massive action plan. If you plan about what you really want in life, what you want to achieve now (e.g. weight loss)? What is my purpose? Why is it so important for me to make something work? To achieve something? And, what massive action do I have to take to achieve that?

That’s what it is about. The master plan, the right action and the inner match to your purpose.

Let me know if you are ready for your next challenge, and what you want to achieve.

Have a great week!

Cheers,
Volker

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