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 not more than you actually need right now, then focus on achieving things. Every thing has its time, and tomorrow's things ain't meant for today.
  5. Be a life-long learner! Stir things up by doing and/or learning completely new things every now and then.
  6. Travel light all the way through life, don't keep and carry more than you need, neither mentally nor physically.
  7. Accept discomfort and challenges as part of life but don't let them push you around more than necessary.
  8. Begin now! Make today "someday". Waiting gets you nowhere. Take life one day at a time and say to yourself: "Just for today I will...." then follow through.
  9. Accept responsibility for taking your life in the direction that you want it to move.
  10. Do things you love to do! Embrace your creativity! Have fun! Every single day.
  11. Hide a note for a loved one! Show affection for the people you care about.
  12. Exercise regularly! Meditate to find inner peace.
  13. Get shit done! Life is meant to be lived.
  14. Every day is a gift.

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.

Edit: I did some small changes to this list 2017-07-16.


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.


It’s The Doing That Counts

2014-11-04 (Tuesday) by Mikael Linusson

Life is all about doing, about what you do, about how you spend your precious time. It's the doing that counts!

Even if you decide to just sit there and stare at a white wall, it's still the doing that counts.

So find out what you love to do and then do it. Spend your precious time doing things you love and life will be so much more fun.

To be able to do more of what you love to do you need to stop doing other things. You must prioritize the fun stuff, your passions, or they will always be pushed aside.

To rise and shine and live the life you are truly meant to live, you better start doing more of the things you've got passion for, the things that you love to do. Enjoy as many minutes of life as possible. Begin with this one, right here and right now. Do something you love to do, if only for a minute.


Why Write?

2014-11-03 (Monday) by Mikael Linusson

Why write? Especially about things regarding personal development? Haven't everything already been both said and written, again and again, over the years? Do I really have something new to add?

That's some really good questions.

Most things have probably already been both said and written. But first of all, most people haven't read or heard it all, not even a fraction of it. And most people have definitely not heard it being said in my voice, written in my way, even though my way might be very similar to other people, as after all, I've been inspired by the books I've read and by the words I've heard. But I've also been inspired by the life I've lived and the thoughts I've pondered, by the way I've thought about things, by the unique combination of books that I've read.

So even if I don't think I have a lot of unique things to say, maybe not anything at all, I still think that my way of saying those things might speak to someone who would not have bothered about those things if he/she had heard or read someone else saying or writing those things. Maybe they would never read or hear those words if it wasn't for me, or maybe me saying something will repeat and reinforce what they already "knew". Either way, just the chance of someone being positively affected by my words is a reason enough for me to write these words.

No one of us can help all the people out there or have a positive impact on everybody walking this earth. But all of us can help someone and have a positive impact on somebody's life.

And finally, every word I write will at least always help one person in its own personal development, and that's me. Most of the stuff I write on this blog I used to write in a notebook before I started this blog, and sure, I have to spend some more time tweaking and thinking about things when I'm going to publish them, but that only makes me think deeper about things so it is really good for my own development.

I also love to write, or more specifically, I love to read, think, and write. :)