"Just giving your best is not enough. You have to give it your all."

Nina Kalmund

The Hamburg resident treats herself to relaxation in the countryside every day. She enjoys going for walks with her dog in Jenischpark on the Elbe.

Nina Kalmund
There is a fine line between demanding and overtaxing. But Nina Kalmund balances on it like a master. She is a high-performance coach and award-winning international speaker with the goal of spurring people on to peak performance in all areas of life. "I am fascinated by everyone who strives for mastery. The Formula 1 driver just as much as the Buddhist monk," says Kalmund. "Being very good is no longer enough these days. It's about a lifelong pursuit of excellence." Her clientele includes international executives, owners of large family businesses and top athletes; names are not revealed. "High performance" means high performance. It is the opposite of "peak performance," which aims for a maximum - without regard for losses that may occur in other areas of life in the process "The goal, however, is a long-lasting, sustainable maximization of potential," Kalmund explains. "It's about generating more in all areas of life and at the same time enjoying what you've already achieved. enjoy." She is consistently booked, and her clients now have to apply to her. At home, the woman with the long brown hair and blue eyes is in Hamburg-Harvestehude. There, where city villas from the Wilhelminian period stand next to a renowned tennis court and green spaces complete with old, thick trees.
But anyone who wants to visit Nina Kalmund in her old apartment first has to get past Hoomy: the black terrier, as big as a Shetland pony, won't leave Kalmund's side. After initially barking loudly, the dog now sleeps under the kitchen table while Kalmund pours herbal tea in old pink cups with gold rims. cups with gold rims. Nina Kalmund will soon be launching a digital coaching program for women in leadership positions. After all, as the mother of two teenage daughters, she herself is constantly performing the juggling act between career, children and self-demand. She also held her own in a male domain for almost 20 years; the fact that she is an award-winning architect still serves her well: "I have a high visionary power. I recognize a person's potential and see how they can act from a strong self." Nina Kalmund also strives for excellence. "Just giving your best is not enough. You have to give your all," she says. The daughter of a Jewish Hungarian with British citizenship and a German father, she grew up multilingual in Munich, holds both a German and a British passport, and graduated summa cum laude. At the age of 26, she heads the foreign department at Hamburg-based star architects BRT Bothe Richter Teherani. After the birth of her children, she co-founded an architectural practice in Hamburg in 2006.
But after a severe stroke of fate, Kalmund questions her previous life. Hoomy and writing help her out of her crisis. 2016 sees the publication of "The anagram of god is dog - The seven secrets for a truly good life". This book, initially published in English, is less about dogs and more about essential questions: How do you lead a good life? What does it take? And how do I get there? Answering these questions leads the author to radical changes: Kalmund, who is very conservative, ends her marriage. "Nothing in my life has taken so much courage," she confesses
looking back. In 2015, she also changed careers and, together with her mother Julia, founded "Street Philosophy," a conference platform for philosophy in Munich, where leading German thinkers discuss socially relevant topics such as ethics and education. German thinkers discuss socially relevant topics such as ethics and education. At the same time, she continues her education in the USA with a focus on neuroscience, positive psychology, and success research, and finally obtains certification as a high performance coach at the High Performance Institute in the USA.

"I love beautiful places": Nina Kalmund is a fan of interiors, as you can you can see from her living room (left page). Even for She also sets herself a goal for vacations: to read a book every day.

Nina Kalmund Interieur
For her coaching, she transforms the great questions of the thinkers in a contemporary way: "Who am I? How should I live?" thus becomes "Who do I want to be? How do I want to live?" Leaving your comfort zone is the key to moving forward, Nina Kalmund knows this all too well and makes it clear: "There is no such thing as THE truly good life. It means something different to everyone, and that's how it should be. It's about consciously shaping your own life, with courage, with clarity, with focus, with strength, with stamina, but also with joy and, of course, a high level of integrity." Those who develop mindful awareness, he said, are able to see things from a bird's eye view. Those who grasp the big picture keep their sights on their goal and are no longer so easily influenced by external circumstances. circumstances. Ultimately, leading an intense life is what matters, what matters. But it also requires a high degree of discipline. Where does she see herself on a scale of one to ten? "With all modesty: I'm definitely an eleven!" she says and laughs. The alarm clock rings every morning at five o'clock. She uses the early hour for sports, meditation and reading - she reads around 70 books a year. For breakfast, she has lemon water and a freshly brewed Bulletproof Coffee. Coffee: a coffee made with pasture-raised butter and an extract of coconut oil ("medium chain triglyceride" oil). To this she adds some galactose.
This simple sugar passes directly through the barrier to the brain and supplies it with energy without affecting the body's insulin balance. This enables her to achieve optimum high performance, says Kalmund. After all, she always wants to make sure she gives her all for her clientele. It's not for nothing that the Women Economic Forum has twice named her an "Iconic Woman - creating a better world for all. But even a life in the fast lane needs breaks. In the meantime, Nina Kalmund admits, she has become gentler with herself. One important time-out: Every day she goes for a walk in Jenischpark on the Elbe and practices mindfulness. Blanks out her thoughts and instead consciously notices her surroundings - the chirping of the birds, the light as it falls through the leaves of the trees, her breath. "These long walks with Hoomy give me distance and allow me to be even more productive and creative," she says. Plus, she recently treated herself to a week-long vacation with her girls. For her, that means detox of a different kind: cell phone off, reading six mystery novels in six days, even eating chocolate and chips once in a while, and looking up at the blue sky together with her daughters. "Joy, gratitude, personal development and a high awareness that life is a gift and not a burden are my driving forces."
Clear head: A daily meditation in the morning helps Nina Kalmund stay mindful.
Clear head: A daily meditation in the morning helps Nina Kalmund stay mindful.
Fotografie: Jewgeni Roppel, Text: Karola Kostede, Produktion: Michaela Stout, Styling: Ineska Barić, Hair & Make-up: Kristina Griffato/Nina Klein