Category: PRESENCE

How Self-Awareness Helps You To Be An Outstanding Leader

I was sweating not because of the dense humidity, but because of fear. For a moment, I thought I might be at the end of my life and I knew that my chance of surviving depended on my ability to stay calm and control the urge of fleeing. I was in Colombia doing fieldwork in a coca-growing area dominated by a powerful drug lord who moved his first steps under Pablo Escobar. I had been collecting the life histories of members of death squads and one of my contacts had invited me to observe the life of a town...

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15 Habits of People with Mental Toughness

Throughout my career, I had the unique opportunity to work and to serve incredibly successful individuals. Though they excel in different fields, from entertainment to sport, from business to politics, they all share a common trait: they master mental toughness. Mental toughness allowed a successful businessman to battle cancer and to overcome it. It assisted a rock star to find the spark again and to bounce back when an album sold poorly. It helped an athlete staying positive when he got injured and remaining focused when the media tried to tarnish his image. It allowed a politician to remain loyal...

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A practical guide to effective goal setting.

It’s now that time of the year I’m always looking for. Over the past few years, I developed the habit of blocking out a few days to review the year that is ending and to create the year that is coming, including some powerful goal setting. Different people inspired me to do this. Blogger and travel hacking master Chris Guillebeau has a great method. I have incorporated several of his ideas in my own process. Leo Babauta also has a process that gave me great ideas. Because I trained as a Strategic Interventionist at the Tony Robbins and Cloe Madaness Institution,...

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How to win the game of life by mastering your emotions.

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret,’ Ambrose Bierce, an American journalist who lived a century ago, once wrote. Did it ever happen to you? That you lose it, unable to control yourself? Suddenly you feel kidnapped by your own emotions. You get into a reacting mode and external circumstances take over and now control you. Your emotions swing between anger and frustration, between rage and sadness. This happened to me the time when I felt betrayed by a friend I had fully trusted and with whom I was dreaming...

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Why journaling like an anthropologist will unlock your potential (6 easy tips).

An unexamined life is not worth living, said Socrates, the great greek philosopher. That’s why journaling is a fundamental practice for your own personal development. It took me a while to appreciate the importance of journaling and to experience the positive effect it has on my personal growth. For a long time, journaling was an on-and-off activity to which I was not committed. During my teenage years I took up writing a diary several times, especially when I felt the need to express the sorrows of adolescence. But it never became an habit, which is something that, later on, I regretted...

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