Self-Help List

2016-09-05 (Monday) by Mikael Linusson

I got inspired by Leo Babauta's Self Help List that he posted the other day, so I wrote my own list.

  1. Feed your desires! Know what you want to achieve and focus your mind upon it (and not upon what you don't want).
  2. Focus on one goal at a time! Create a step-by-step plan. Take action until it's done, then celebrate.
  3. During your days, focus on making progress (not on results or on a goal per se, but on moving forward, one step and action at a time).
  4. Learn what you need to learn, but then focus on achieving the things you are going to achieve. Don't spend (i.e. waste) time learning more than what you need right now. Every thing has its time, and tomorrow's things ain't meant for today.
  5. Be a life-long learner! And don't forget to also stir things up by doing and/or learning completely new things every now and then. I know it might seem contradictory to the previous point, but life isn't black or white, and we all have downtime that we can use in better ways than on social media or watching TV.
  6. Travel light all the way through life, don't keep and carry more than you need, neither mentally nor physically. Accept discomfort and challenges as part of life and don't let them push you around more than necessary.
  7. Begin now! Make today "someday". Waiting gets you nowhere. Realize that every day is a gift. Ask yourself how you want to spend this precious day. Ask yourself how you want to spend your precious life. Take life one day at a time and say to yourself: "Just for today I will...." then follow through, just for today.
  8. Accept responsibility for taking your life in the direction that you want it to move. Where are your current actions taking you? What's the story you want to write with the rest of your life?
  9. Do things you love to do! Embrace your creativity! Have fun! Every single day.
  10. Hide a note for a loved one! Show affection for the people you care about.
  11. Exercise regularly! Meditate to find inner peace.
  12. Get shit done! Life is meant to be lived.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post! May the force be with you as you go through life. And may you find a way to cherish the days that lie ahead of you, as they come.


How We Are Remembered

2015-02-26 (Thursday) by Mikael Linusson

We are remembered by how we impacted other people and their lives. Whether good or bad deeds, that's what people will remember. Whether we create something good, bad, helpful, entertaining, funny, sad, or whatever, that's what people will remember us by. If you want to have a positive impact on this world, then do it with your acts, by what you create, by how you treat other people, by what you put out there. You cannot and will not be remembered for something you thought about doing or wanted to do, only by what you did, and by whom you did it to.

You create your legacy by how you live, by how you treat other people, by what you create. Not by thoughts, or dreams, or by consuming other people's creations, only by what you put out there.


How Many More Times?

2015-02-20 (Friday) by Mikael Linusson

I'll start today's post with one of the greatest quotes I've ever read. Sure, it's one of many many great quotes, but it's definitely one of them.

"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless." -Paul Bowles

We shouldn't live life being afraid of dying, but we better be aware of the fact that there is a time limit on this life of ours.

The knowledge of this fact can hopefully help us realize what is truly important to us. Not what's important to our friends, relatives, bosses, or anyone else, but what's important to us. What's important to you? What's important to me?

Time might not be short but you never know, life could be over tomorrow, or we could live for another 50 years. But how long we live isn't what matters the most, but what matters the most is how we choose to spend the time we get here on this amazing earth.

So we need to focus on the essentials, on what's important to ourselves, because life is here and life is now.


Sometimes I Feel Like Throwing it All Away

2015-01-21 (Wednesday) by Mikael Linusson

I've decluttered and purged a lot of stuff lately and even if I didn't have a lot of things to start with I've found myself thinking "I should just throw everything away and start over, just to get away from having to spend all this time getting rid of stuff", but I know I would regret doing that as there are things I really want to keep and as I want to process all the other stuff before I get rid of them, for example, even I don't want a lot of things anymore I still want to take a photo of some of them so that I can help myself remember them someday. And some things I rather find a new owner to than throw them away.

Anyway, I'm just writing this post to tell you all, that if you don't already have a lot of stuff, make sure you really think things through before you accumulate more. Think before you purchase something and tell people to stop buying you stuff if you really don't want what you are getting.

Every thing you own have a cost, whether it is the extra time it takes to clean your home because of all the things you have to move around or if it's a mental cost when you have lots of things stuffed everywhere, it's still a cost. And if you usually buy all the stuff yourself you can save a lot of money by buying less.

Sure, you can always clean stuff out later, but it's even better if you never accumulate it all.


One of The Worst Decisions You Can Ever Make

2014-11-05 (Wednesday) by Mikael Linusson

One of the worst decisions you can ever make is to postpone following your dreams, because you will never be truly happy and feel really great about life as long as you keep ignoring going after what you really want.

Happiness in life is based on you doing what you want to do and you living the life you truly want to live, whether or or not that scares the hell out of you.

Regret at old age is usually more based on what you did not do than what you did do. You can try to fool yourself that you really doesn't want something, that you don't want what you dream about, but why lie to yourself? You deserve the best possible life that you can possible imagine. You deserve to have fun and enjoy life. You deserve to spend your time doing what you love to do.

To get something new in life you have to get rid of some of the old, you can't hold on to everything you already have and expect to fit in something new. You have to be willing to change things around if you want your life to change, because if you keep on doing and having what you already have then your life will mostly keep on being as it already is.

But you don't have to burn all the bridges and ships at once, you can start leaning into your dream, taking a few steps towards it, see how it feels, see where it leads you. And even if you don't get everything that you dream about, you'll probably get more than what you would otherwise, you'll get more living out of life, and in the end you'll know that at least you tried.

And until next time: Live, Learn, Laugh, Love!