The Importance of Visualization

Even Arnold Schwarzenegger has emphasized its importance from his early years in the US until now.

Visualization? Many have heard of it, few have applied it. The power of this tool is fabulous. Many very successful people around the globe have set on the method and moreover, believe in it.

First of all, what exactly is Visualization? People like Arnold or Vince Gironda referred to that as imagine the structure of development you want to achieve. For instance, when Vince worked out his shoulders, he believed the density and the shape he wanted his shoulders to become and visualized this particular picture in his mind while doing the exercise. Both, Arnold and Vince, stated that doing so as a big one. Greg Plitt, one of the most inspiring people in the fitness scene, I have ever seen, described this phenomenon as preparing your mind for the change your body will undergo. If your mind is not ready, your body won’t modify the way you desire it. But also with other areas of life: Think big, achieve big. Or in other words: The growth mindset.

We addressed the growth mindset already on this blog. It goes hand in hand with Visualization. In my opinion, Visualization is one step afterward developing the growth mindset. To me, it is the next step to realize one’s vision and to achieve your set goal. In this sense, the connection of both is: Putting the Horse Power most efficiently on the street.

Regarding my life, I visualize my dreams every day first thing in the morning. I create such clear vision that I can formally feel the accomplishment. Has it boosted my speed on the pathway? Yes, definitely. In the sense that I developed a passion for running this route. “The way is the goal” is an accurate statement. I know it since I actively visualize.

True Happiness

This will challenge typical motivation approaches.

I have recently read the book “The subtle art of not giving a F*ck- A counterintuitive approach to living a good life”, by Mark Menson. In his book, Menson describes among other things the pursuit of real happiness, which was very interesting to me. However, I have made also different experiences and hence, I don’t agree on all of his arguments.

I do agree with the basic premise that being happy comes from solving Problems. In this case, I would like to refer to this as creating solution approaches to certain Challenges. The author, who has, by the way, a refreshing style of writing, illustrates his statement by claiming that people are willing to strive for more and more, once one accomplished a certain goal. This might be the case in the theory of humanity since everyone wants to be important, but I believe it is more than only wanting more. In my opinion, our brain was evolved the way it was evolved, because of the fact that human beings want to have sufficient challenges in life to solve, to serve our brain’s basic function: To kind of “survive” in nature and being competitive.

By referring this to my own life, I see parallels. In my university, I frequently had to address different challenges and finding solutions to each. Mostly worked in a team of 5-7 people, we had accomplished these tasks due to a certain deadline. Means that there would be no excuse when not coming up with a great vision and with a belonging certain operative pathway. During these project, our whole group was so focussed that the only thing we were concerned about was to finish our task successfully with the given time. Subsequently, other things like going out for a drink or spending some time with the things we had loved to do quite suffered. This lack of free time was not bad, though. Quite the opposite, by having such a tough time schedule, you have no time to think about failing or other, not to the task related, negative things. You ‘re just being focussed. Focused on finishing the task in the best way the team is capable of.

Once these different team works were over, you really treasure and enjoy your free time more than ever before. This phenomenon, however, doesn’t last for long. By talking about my own experience, one week of having free time is enough. After reaching that point of time, I start getting bored and when there is more free time available I see myself getting stressed about having too much time to relax. I know this sounds in theory weird, but in reality, it is the case. I want to have challenges. Something that inspires me. Something that is difficult to address. Something that let us grow as a team as well as an individual. Dealing frequently with those tasks serves my inner urge to become passionate about the “Problems” to solve and to challenge my status quo of knowledge, attitude and personal view towards different things.

And I’m certain that this was the message Manson wanted to communicate when he stated that true happiness comes from solving problems.

The Challenge for Google’s Pixel Phone

Google has recently brought a new high-end segment smartphone on the market: Pixel. However, there are challenges for Google to gather meaningful marketshare.

Pixel is an amazing phone. Concerning its functions and abilities, Pixel can compete with other high-end smartphones, such as the latest versions of Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy product line.

While Apple and Samsung both have an excellent brand reputation to its target groups, Google is widely known for its core competency in software, rather than in providing hardware. Also, Google may suffer from the invention of the Nexus phone back in 2010 concerning brand recognition. There were several issues with the Nexus phone, i. e. software issues. Customers were likely to be dissatisfied by that phone.

Challenge 1: Negating the negative brand recognition regarding smartphones, caused by the Nexus Phone Case.
Besides the image problem, there are also several other challenging tasks for gathering a meaningful market share. To successfully launching products, the branding process has to go through four stages, according to the AIDA Model it is illustrated as follows: Attention, Interest, Desire, Action.

Challenge 2: The main competitor is Apple’s iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy S7
To research how successful Google has been on its Pixel launch, regarding the AIDA Model, we conducted a small market research, based on the Phone’s awareness, interest, desire, and preference. The participants were considered as millenniums. These research conclusions will be shown in the next Blog Post.

Challenge 3: Both, Apple and Samsung have an impressive market share in the US and Europe; a strong brand preference -and awareness customer wise
The importance of being aware of the main competitors is crucial when it comes to successfully launching products with common targets. Due to the highly competitive nature of high-end segment smartphone, Pixel is supposed to be advertised in an innovative, comparing manner, since Pixel might be better from certain angles than its competitors.

Challenge 4: Changing Google’s brand recognition from a software core competency company towards an innovative, dynamic and kind of cool high-end customer segment smartphone company

To accomplish these 4 challenges, we conducted first a market research through convenient sampling and developed a solution approach afterward, based on the results of our research and what we were taught in the class of International Marketing in MIB at Hult.

I’ll address our market research and our solutions in the upcoming blog posts.

Stay tuned!

Some ways to develop your Interpersonal Skills

Today, the likelihood of someone gaining employment isn’t based off of knowledge and technical skills, but more importantly the ability to build and maintain relationships is what will land you a job. So owning and developing interpersonal skills will determine if you succeed or fail.

Based on my own experiences, and a variety of testimonials I would like to give insight on some methods I’ve used to improve my interpersonal skills.

Networking:

Whether it’s your professional or personal career, getting out and meeting people is essential to exercising your people skills.  Networking allows you to learn and exchange information with professionals or other people you may come in contact with. Through networking you enable your own ability to influence others and grow your authority, which can be a powerful tool in the workforce and personal relationships. Throughout my experience I have gained lifelong personal and professional relationships that I will continue to foster. I have increased my interest in networking, therefore increasing my interest in people and their value in any situation. Especially in today’s tech based society, with social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snap chat, ad linked in which all provide instant communication. Why not take advantage of the networking possibilities available to us? Technology has provided a platform to build relationships without ever leaving your comfort zone. From another point of view as an example in my personal experience I networked with a former classmate out of pure curiosity, and by initiating that communication with her I later received information from her that lead me to volunteering in Ghana for seven weeks.  That experience has been one of the most life changing moments in my personal development. In my professional career I have used networking as a tool to gain interviews, free meals, and word of mouth exposure. The benefits of networking are endless and through networking you will not only grow your professional and personal relationships, but if you network you will lead a full of life filled with diversity.

Presentation/General Knowledge (GK):

Presentation plays a key role in the way you present yourself. Are you confident? Are you shy? Are you bold and honest? Or do you stick to behind the scenes? All of these factors matter when presenting yourself to others, and want to influence those around you. Strive to broaden your knowledge on a variety of different topics each and everyday. When we examine people who lead the world we see that they are constantly improving themselves , For example Warren Buffet one of the richest man in the world reads at least 8 newspapers a day. Having more understanding and knowledge on a variety of different things allows you to present with confidence and truth. For example in undergrad I was terrified to get up and present or even raise my hand and talk in class because I scared that I would say something dumb. As I started to read more and actually research I was able to present better because I had faith in my knowledge and capabilities.  By putting effort into these areas I could relate to experience or fact and there for feel confident speaking in front of others, and ask engaging questions.

 

Authenticity:

Being yourself is a key factor to consider when developing your interpersonal skills. To foster a real connection when you meet someone you must approach them with kindness, and understanding. This will enable your ability to connect with a person on a human level. As you develop this skill people will feel comfortable and want to reflect their authentic self to you as well. I personally aim to be authentic, and will continue to exercise this trait as part of my personal development. Here is a good quote I came across in my readings.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen” -Brene Brown

Relationship Maintenance:

Whether through social networking sites or in person, maintaining and nurturing relationships is key to providing healthy and long-lasting connections. When it comes to building and maintaining your network you have to put yourself out there. You have to be proactively meeting people, asking questions about them and their work. Maintaining relationship balance isn’t just about you, it is about the other person as well. When there is no maintenance there is no network. You can practice this by asking yourself: who you are, what you do, and why it matters; while also being curious about other’s lives by asking those who, what, and why questions to others. Another way to help way to help build your own network is by connecting people that can benefit from one another. When you make introductions to other people who have similar interests or who you would find a career connection from one  another,both parties become likely to return the favor. Not only do you help the other person build their network, you’ve also enhanced your own network. By making introductions and maintaining those relationships you will see your network grow exponentially.

Things to learn from these tips

  1. Take the first step and make an effort to build on your interpersonal skills
  2. Expand your overall knowledge on general topics
  3. Establish beneficial relationship with people who care
  4. Listen to people, and gain understanding
  5. Be Authentic, it’s easy

 

How to High Perform in Presentations

Presentations are crucial when it comes to business. Ever since I have begun my pursuit of higher learning, I have appreciated the experiences of presentations and having the chance to talk about topics and ideas that I am knowledgable on.

It wasn’t only the fact that I enjoyed presenting, but I taught myself how to perform with confidence in those situations. Subsequently, as practice, I continued to enhance my knowledge about presentation skills. I read books focusing on an improved skill set of methods. Through reading and researching I discovered a lot of useful and highly interesting approaches about how to present well. But the Bottom line is: Only a very few things worked well for me, and actually the most favorable things were modified methods from these books by me. Everybody has, to some extent, a different style of presenting, though, I’ll share the one that works extraordinarily perfect for me in this post. That being said, all of my presentations and talks, in which I applied these methods, were scored in the top percentile of the score maximum, including my recent one in MIB. These following Notes are considered as slightly modified Principles of Dale Carnegie’s bestseller “The quick and easy way to effective speaking” and my own experience.


Note #1: Become the expert in your specific topic. You need to aim to know more than every other participant from the audience and ideally even more than your Professor and or Boss does.

Once you have become the expertise in your particular topic when making a presentation on your knowledge you will leave the audience convinced and be wanting more. You’ll most likely be confident when you speak, as well as displaying excellent posture and hence giving the audience the impression of professional.


Note #2: Give honest reference and credit to people who had inspired you.

Everybody seeks to be important, aims to do something meaningful in life. Therefore, nobody likes people,  who suppress others for own interests. At the moment when you step to the front of the class, the audience is likely to get the feeling of being pushed downwards by you subconsciously. To negate this, you might start your talk in a friendly way. Additionally, you may give credit to people, who inspired you in your prior experiences. This could be one of the individuals in the audience, an author, your Professor or an experience from your past. By shifting the attention to those people, the more personal and authentic your speech becomes and the more powerful your response will be.
Another great advice is to give your Instructor respect and credit for your being an excellent Professor. When you do that, the majority of the time you will reap the benefits, because you have built your solution approaches on what your teacher have taught you.


Note #3: Be enthusiastic and dramatize your ideas.

There is nothing greater than listening to a speaker, who is enthusiastic about what he is doing. Excellent speakers often exaggerate their thoughts and solution approaches when presenting in front of an audience. By doing so, the audience tends to get strongly convinced by the points made by the speaker.

Bottom Line: Ever since I’d discovered these amazing techniques I’ve considered and applied these to my own presentations with remarkable and convincing results. As I said previously, all of my previous work have been scored in the top percentile of the score maximum. I firmly believe, these techniques may be highly beneficial for anyone’s  success, and I encourage you to apply them. 

How I consistently produce high-performance in a stressful environment

Today’s world of Business and Success is mostly driven by stressors, such as time based deadlines and highly competitive everyday interactions.

So, how can we make sure to be capable of performing at our highest level? I personally have found my way, to put my HP most efficiently on the road:

#1: I do Intermittent Fasting on the 16/8 schedule combined with the Ketogenic Diet Approach

Honestly, nutrition is critical in almost every area of life, where performance counts. As some of you may know, besides my business interests, I am highly interested in Biochemistry, concerning the hormones and the functioning of the human body under certain circumstances. There is a bunch of Research suggesting that Fasting for about 16 hrs per day is highly beneficial for both, mental clearness as well a shedding body fat. Combined with an ultra-low-carb Ketogenic Diet approach, you are even going to multiply those effects. These impressive results are closely linked to low insulin levels and high human growth hormone (HGH) levels. I would highly recommend you to try this nutritional approach out. The first few days will be hard because your body is running on sugar as the preferred source of energy, but once your body is fat adapted (lasts between 7-10 days of 16/8 fasting combined with Ketogenic Diet), you’ll feel the difference. When your Body uses fat as the primary source of energy, it produces ketone bodies as the preferred energy fuel. Running on ketone bodies also mean that the process within the Body to use required energy for certain activities is much cleaner with far less negative byproducts than doing so on sugar-based energy consumption. I highly recommend you the talks of Dr. Michael VanDershelden on Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diet, to be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z9xkfILXsQ

#2: Exercise

Believe it or not: Exercise is an appropriate way that will improve large areas of our life. There are a variety of ways to excretes your mind and body including, weightlifting, involving yourself in some kind of a team sport, or yoga where you can meditate and excursus your mind in a relaxed state. Do it at least 3x a week. I personally prefer weightlifting, my biggest idol happens to be Vince Gironda the World Champions’ trainer. Weightlifting has given me the discipline, persuasion, focus and passion needed for success.

#3: A positive and growth mindset

My Co-Author Kyle Small recently posted an awesome article on my Blog about the benefits of having a growth mindset. I would like to add something to his points: Surround yourself also with active, energetic and influential people. This will give you a different view towards certain topics and questions.

#4: I use a proven technique to reduce stress levels (Cortisol Levels) in my body

I had explored this technique awhile ago when Dr. Doug McGuff talked about it at the 21 Convention in Tampa, Florida: You take a deep breath through your nose for 4 seconds, then you hold the air 4 seconds and then you breath out with mouth 4 seconds. Now repeat this cycle 4 times. This technique is reducing your stress levels dramatically. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3fXp7rKD1E

#5: Meditation and relaxation every other day

I enjoy entering the jacuzzi followed by the sauna because I first off enjoy it. Also attending these things after a long day of being concentrated and focused makes it easier to unwind. Since we got our own Jacuzzi and sauna, my roommates and I are really treading the both like our best friend. It calms us down, relaxes our mind and lead us to easy small talks with people we wouldn’t meet elsewhere. This time allows me to reflect on my day, elaborate on ideas with close friends, and ultimately rest.

How to use the Growth Mindset to promote your development in business, relationships, and your career

In today’s world there are many hurtles that you face in the process of building your personal and professional development.

In life, you will get plenty of recommendations on growth which will be good advice and bad advice. I will discuss in this blog post my approach for enabling the growth mindset to grow your personal development.

 

Business, Relationship, and Career:

As I completed my Undergraduate courses in 2014, I returned home to Los Angeles California in search of starting my career. What I soon began to realize was that the Job Market was very fragmented and most companies could care less if you had a  degree or not they wanted you to have personal experience with their business for longer than a year. If not that most companies I realized wanted workers to just listen and remain in their same position instead of being a creator or intrapreneur within the enterprise. Unless of course, you were working in the creative sector.

So I faced many disappointments in my search for a well-suited career. I became slightly depressed and unmotivated towards my goals to pursue a professional career and was actually lost to a certain extent. But I reflected and began to read more literature and apply what I learn, and I also observed more of the positive qualities of others instead of thinking and viewing in the negative mindset. Two books that aided me through this journey were the Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck, and How to win friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Through reading these two books, I learned to apply a Growth Mindset approach to my lifestyle and in general my overall personal and professional development.

I used positive thinking and surrounded myself, my positive thinkers, I engaged others for learning instead of blocking out what I thought was useless, and I began each day with a new step towards my future. I soon was able to manage two jobs one in Accounting and one in Entertainment, and I successfully applied and was accepted to Graduate school. From reading my short experience, I want the reader to take three major points never give up on your development, always engage in positive thinking in your personal interactions, and apply everything you learn especially when your learning from failure.

Things to learn from this personal growth story: 

  1. Motivate oneself and believe in Growth Mindset
  2. Set short term goals for improvement, and once accomplished make them long term goals for continued progression.
  3. Experience everything you can ad learn from each experience
  4. Don’t be afraid to get help from others, learn from others
  5. Observe surrounding and other abilities and actions in your environment.
  6. Think positively, and surround yourself with positive thinkers
  7. Whenever you’re on the edge of giving up think of how far you have come and get right back up
  8. Read a book from time to time it can’t hurt it can only develop new ideas which are a success
  9. Help others and ask for feedback from others to evaluate oneself from different perspectives
  10. Keep your heart and mind open and you will always win..win…and win