Make REAL impact

I was reaching out my hand. From far beyond Mjolnir was coming to me. The sensation to feel the hammer in my hand, was just wonderful. I struck down the hammer into the ground and made an enormous impact.
Thor, the God of Thunder

Have you ever thought your life of being mediocre? Or were you at a certain point in time fed up with average behaviour or performances by others? I find this to be excellent opportunities for deeper reflection in regards to meaning in our lives.

In the way we lead our day-to-day lives or in which we communicate with others, we should focus on the biggest impact we can make.
In my coaching sessions I sometimes start by asking: “Which is currently your biggest challenge that, if it were resolved, would make everything else less urgent and necessary?“.
This is a method that I have copied from Gary W. Keller’s famous book “The ONE Thing”. Basically, he recommends to focus on the biggest obstacle or goal that we can find in all that we do, in our daily tasks, in our correspondence and talks with others or in our way of setting and pursuing future goals.

By asking this question more often, you will benefit from four advantages:

  1. You start using a different frame in your life. You start BIG. It will be difficult for you to reach breakthroughs or come any near a great success if you dream small. You need to increase your dreams and visions like inflating a balloon. Read more on this topic in this blog.
  2. By facing the BIG topics right from the start, you avoid getting caught up in all the small details or aspects that consume a lot of your time but have only peripheral benefit for you (like watching cat videos on youtube).
  3. You start leaving your own comfort zone and walk into territory that maybe new, unfamiliar, yet promising in terms of potential success and maybe even fame.
  4. You get the attention of others and help them to cutting the chase and getting to the really important topics for them (this, of course, requires that you have established a trustful relationship). Eventually, people start to notice you and your work. All you need to do is start asking the right question.

I encourage you to reach out to grasp your own version of Mjolnir, Thors hammer, and to start using it to make a real impact that both electrifies yourself and thrills others around you. Your very personal big dreams enrichen our lives, they inspire us and prompt us to want to support you.

Make an impact and share your dreams with the world!

Thor has spoken.

Choose your box wisely

Imagine yourself lying on the death bed, just hours before your soul leaves the physical body to start a journey into eternity. What would you think of reflecting your life and looking back?
Will you be satisfied? Will you confirm that you lead a life full of richness, intensity and meaning?
Or will you feel dissatisfied and sad in the face of a life that was often unhappy, meaningless and without success?

In his famous book “The ONE THING”, Gary Keller has described effectively how you can succeed in scaling any activity in a way that you can be more successful, happy and lead a more meaningful life.

For this it is necessary to imagine four different scaling areas as follows:

  • Doable: This is within reach of your knowledge, skills and experience. Most likely to be achieved.
  • Stretch: Within your reach, but at the farthest of your range. You will have to extend yourself to the limits of your current capabilities.
  • Possibility: Far outside of your comfort zone, the answer and path to finding one is still highly unclear. The answer will be a totally new one.
  • Miracle: Your wildest dream, something with big impact for the entire world, a wonderful event taking place.

Applying this simple scaling exercise will enable you to change your perspective from thinking “too small” to thinking broadly and visionary.

I will give you an example.
Imagine somebody who would like to be a hairdresser and who is at the very start of his/her career. If this person applied this exercise, it could look like this:

  • Doable: I will do an apprenticeship in hairdressing and work as a hairdresser in a small shop.
  • Stretch: I will participate in hairdressing competitions, trying to win an award and establish my own business.
  • Possibility: I have founded a global hairdresser chain of more than 500 shops and circa 4.000 employees.
  • Miracle: I am Top-1 hairdresser of many statesmen and CxOs in the corporate world. I became a Millionaire with selling hairdressing products and have supported hundred-thousands of people to gain an enhanced self-confidence by having a great haircut.

Do you see the difference in the way you challenge yourself from step to step?

Try it out and start raising “your game”!

Best of success,
Matthias von Mitzlaff

El Dorado

92 years ago, a man called Percy Fawcett disappeared with his eldest son during an expedition in search for an ancient lost city. Fawcett has started early in 1906 on his first journey to South America. Since then he never really stopped to search for his “El Dorado” until his presumable death in 1925. In fact, he never found it. It is said that there may be an El Dorado like city in the jungles of Brazil, however, so far it has not been discovered.

We can learn a lot from the life of Percy Fawcett who inspired filmmaker James Gray to write and direct “The Lost City of Z” which made it to the movies in 2016 with actors Charlie Hunnam as Fawcett and Sienna Miller playing Fawcett’s wife Nina. Percy Fawcett collected and applied enormous means and resources to fund his expeditions to eventually find the city in the jungle that he was desperately seeking.

At the end of the film we get to see a scene at a party table back in England with relatives and friends having come together to celebrate. At one point, Nina, Fawcett’s wife raises and starts giving a speech. The following words from her are directly addressed to her beloved husband: “I have written this note half a year ago in case I would die as a consequence of my pregnancy. My Percy, I know your first instinct will be to grieve, but I adjure you rather to consider our son and the love you must show him. I knew it would be a boy. Always teach him to dream, to seek the unknown, to look for what is beautiful is its own reward. And I beg you to remember those words so easy to forget: A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a Heaven for? My dearest love, forever.”

And concluding this article, I would like to connect this little story of Percy Fawcett with your own story. I wish to know:

  • What is your very personal “Lost city in the jungle”, your El Dorado?
  • What is the essence of a deep yearning and desire within you that has not been satisfied so far?
  • Which are aspirations that you have not dared to seriously consider because you thought they are highly unrealistic?

I hereby encourage you to never stop dreaming. Preserve your phantasies and do not allow anybody to forbid or degrade these. In my opinion, you are entitled to pursue your vision and to cherish every single achieved goal on the way. In that sense I dare you to prepare a new expedition in quest of the things you long for.