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One minute a day can change your life. An inspiration by Maren Lunkenheimer

24. January 2017

Something is happening. In our heads and on the streets. Change is in the air.

Change is also what´s happening here on the blog. And maybe something that many of you want to achieve in your own life. It´s not easy. Not at all. But fortunately there are friends you can ask for advice. And when Maren, communication psychologist, coach and my “golden guidance” told me that one minute a day can change my life, my thoughts began to shift.

Of course I love to share my knowledge – Maren´s knowledge – with you. So if you ask yourself

“I want to do everything differently this year. Where do I start? “, here´s Maren’s answer:

 

“It´s actually quite simple.

Start with yourself. And one minute.

Ask yourself in this minute: Why do you want to do everything differently?

Without knowing you, I know the answer: Because you want to feel differently.

This is our dynamo, this is what drives us. Not the goal as a goal, but the feeling on the way to achieve our goal.

 

Ask yourself right now, in this moment: How do you want to feel?

And trust your first impulse.

When you have your feeling figured out, let´s get started. With just one minute. In this minute, do whatever brings you closer to your desired feeling. Close your eyes for a minute when you want to feel more relaxed. Become aware of your breath to feel more connected with yourself. You want to be braver and risk something – take a step towards it, maybe with a phone call or a Google research, a millimeter is already a movement. Pluck up all your courage – by the way, the root of “courage” is “Cœur” which is the french word for heart – and do what really matters to you. And if you want to feel light-hearted and free, just dance for a minute.

Whenever you feel that you want to do something differently, take your minute.

You don´t have to manage the whole year, only your one minute. And you´ll make your hour, your day, your week, your month and your year yours. You have always time for a minute and there is so much potential in this.

The writer Annie Dillard says, “How you spend your days is how you spend your life.”

Yes! And here you go …

You are in the middle of the change process. And if you repeat your one minute at least 21 days, you will change the neural pathways in your brain. That´s how real and sustainable change ensues.

One more golden idea:

Set an intention every month. A single one. Spontaneously. Something that whispers inside at the last day of the month. Maybe it´s more yoga. Detox from TV or social media. Less sugar. More time to kiss. Follow the 1 and 21 rule and you´ll get your different life, inside and outside. Enjoy!”

More motivation, inspiration and practical guidance by Maren: here and here. Thanks so much for the inspiration, dear Maren.

Photos by David Haase

Maren Lunkenheimer, “Gold von morgen”. Foto: David Haase

 

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This post is also available in: German

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