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I am Saana Koljonen, and I help athletes, coaches, teams, and programs to realize and reach their full potential through behavioral assessments and by developing authentic leadership in themselves and cultivating it in others as well.

Empower yourself – empower your “team” and let’s raise the bar where it has never been yet.

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I know I am made for more and I want to find out what my authentic self looks like so I can start bringing my dreams closer to reality. So, tell me more about the behavioral assessment and/or authenticity!

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I have a team or program that does not want to underperform but find their strengths and become uniquely strong in them. So that we can become our best, we are interested to hear more about the team tools!

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About me

About the curious, ever-learning optimist aka me

So I am Saana, and my name happens to be a mountain in Finland where I’m from, which is just a perfect illustration of my belief that we are all here to climb our own mountain, to reach our own best and see what we are capable of (and not your neighbors). I tested my limits in professional sports as a volleyball player until December 2018 came and swept my legs out from under me. Literally.

During that long and unpleasant fight against a nasty bacterial infection in my ankle, I had to start letting go of my big dreams as an athlete. It felt like someone blew out the candles of my birthday cake before I got to do it. After that dark moment, I saw one of the candles flickering. The glimpse was a passion that was still alive within me. I gently coaxed the flicker to a flame… And to a bonfire.

It is built on understanding and unlocking the power of our mindsets and the importance of authenticity in sports and life. Light up! <3

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My blog is like a brainstorm of what excites me, mini and major life lessons mostly learned from professional sports but can be applied elsewhere as well. It is a place where I express myself, make weird metaphors and stupid jokes, curse a little but only when needed and ponder the phenomena that are rocking my world. Come rock with me 😉

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I got into the ‘gram game when I needed the outlet for those little stories and nuggets as well as a place to get to know you better. So hey, come hang out with me!

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Empowering authenticity - I believe in you more than you do 😉

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I am Saana 🙂 

I am a former professional athlete who now jumps out of the bed to help other people reach their dreams through better self-awareness and self-knowledge.

I help athletes, teams and coaches to find their strengths and identity which allows them to create their own success path that they are happy to walk on!

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