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Reflections - bringing attention to your daily life by Désirée Steinmann

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Reflections of the Week

What’s going on in your life?

2013-02-16 14:53 (comments: 0)

How alive have you been feeling in the last few weeks or months? Have you experienced or learnt many new things? Or have you rather rushed about frantically trying to tick items off your “to do” list or trying to follow the daily routine?

The theory of evolution says that one either develops, or dies.  I know some people who seem to me half-dead already. They lack the life spark which comes through passion, interest and curiosity.

Think back to the time when you went on a trip to a new, unknown country or when you passed the driving test. These experiences helped you to develop new skills and to broaden your perspectives. They also made you feel great. Of course it is not easy to constantly go through such new experiences, but if one allows them in, the development is pretty much guaranteed.

How happy are you with your personal development? Is anything happening in this area?

Many of my clients don’t necessarily notice that they miss the life spark. Instead, they feel unhappy and become helpless and lethargic.  Of course we cannot expect uninterrupted exciting career development every day, and often enough we must attend to the mundane tasks at hand, too. But there are other areas of life where we can always work on something new and exciting: health, sport, languages, hobbies, travels etc.

I encourage you to stay physically and mentally active for as long as you can. Don’t stop even when others retire or think that they are “too old” for certain things.

I would like you to analyze your thoughts about “The zest for life and personal development”. What rules do you follow at the moment? Would you like to change some of them?

In the next step I’d like you to think about the things that you like doing or the things you would like to do to keep developing both physically and mentally. And then do them!



The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.


Oscar Wilde


Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root.


G. K. Chesterton


All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

Calvin Coolidge

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