Volker Ballueder

Listen to your gut, connect your body and mind and be yourself.

Can you share with us a little about your background, experience and your passions in life?

I have always had a passion for personal development, developing and helping others, productivity and efficiencies in my own life, finding hacks to improve myself and others.

I currently work as a career and leadership coach, helping people to get onto a career, get their career back on track, or find out what they really want to do in life.

As a leadership coach, I am looking to help leaders to be better in what they do: this includes value assessment, EQ (Emotional Intelligence), modelling (NLP), getting unstuck and being mindful/compassionate as a leader.

What would you say are your top 3 core values in life?

Helping others, be yourself, be honest

If you could choose any new skill to have, what would it be?

Any superpower would do. Hypnosis is something I want to add to my toolbox as I believe a lot of my clients would benefit from it.

If you could select one piece of advice that you feel the world needs to listen to and bring into reality, what would it be?

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Who is your virtual coach/mentor, and why?

I am not sure what you classify as a virtual mentor, but George Mumford, whose book I recently read, is very inspiring.

What is your “secret ingredient” for a happier and fulfilling life?

Mindfulness, daily practice and gratitude.

Which habit do you think is making you a better, happier and healthier person?

A 5 am routine: exercise, meditation, journaling, and time with the family

How did you build this habit?

Persistence, resilience, patience.

What helps you when you are stressed or anxious?

Meditation and mindfulness; being self aware.

What book changed your life, and in what way?

George Mumford, the mindful athlete for sure. The Code of the extraordinary mind was a great book by Vishen. Even the 7 habits of highly successful people when I first read it at the age of 19!

Are you into journaling/bujo? If yes, in what way do you journal?

I have a gratitude journal, daily on Evernote.

Do you practice mindfulness? If yes, why did you start and what do you like about the practice of mindfulness?

14 years ago, I now teach mindfulness and it helps you to train your mind. It’s like going to the gym but training your mind muscle instead of your ‘body muscle’. It helped me in dealing with setbacks and hardship in life.

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Take a pause.

What is the most unusual thing you are grateful for?

Not sure. I am grateful for everything I have in life, and everything I can give to help others.

What makes a “Good Day” a good day for you?

Getting a lot of things done, being productive and helping others.

What question I should have asked you by now that I haven’t yet…? What would your answer be?

My answer would be listen to your older self advice, take your time to figure things out. The question would be ‘what advice would you give your younger self’.

Discover more about Volker on his website.

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