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Quote #16 – Life is short, buy the shoes

For moments when you can’t decide!



Successful? You decide!

ImageSuccess is a place we all want to reach. But in too many cases success is confused with career, money and wealth.

How often have you not heard “He’s got a really nice job, he is so successful”, “Oh yes, she is very successful, she’s making so much money”?

Why do we automatically connect success to made up titles, fancy words on a paper and large numbers?

To me success is made by each individual. If you live your life the way you want to, and in a way that makes you happy and complete I would say you are as successful as you could be. Even if you left your job to start something new with no money, you’d still be successful because you’re living your dream! Even if you left all you friends to discover the world you’d be successful because you’re doing exactly what you’ve always wanted to do.

So if you ever thought that you have not reached success yet, think again. Every small thing you do that makes you happy is making you successful. Remember and acknowledge those things because they will give you so much more than money in the pocket.

Quote #15 – Some pursue happiness. You create it.


Inspiration from my newly bought Kosai Jeans.

This reminded me of that we sometimes are too focused on pursuing things in life when we actually can spend our time creating what we want to pursue. Today I choose to create.


Quote #14 – Good things come to those who work their asses off

Have you ever wanted something badly? If yes, what did you do to make it happen?

They say good things come to those who wait, but that’s not necessarily true because if you really want something you can’t wait for it to happen. Also, what’s the fun of waiting when you know it’s possible to get it yourself at your own pace? Instead of waiting, work your ass off and don’t give up until you have what you want!

Since it’s a new year, this can be one of your resolutions! So what are you waiting for? Make it happen!

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2013 resolutions


Time to celebrate the last day of 2012. Take a moment to toast for our accomplishments but also for the moments that did not turn out as we had planned. We look ahead for new commitments, promises and goals for the new year. Our new year’s resolutions – and we all know how they usually end up!

I find it quite amazing though how we each year get back up again, with new energy and belief in that this year we can make it!

So what can make this year’s resolution end up in better result than last year, and the year before that?

This is what I am going to do. Instead of making a longterm promise, I will make my resolution short-term. I will wake up each morning and tell myself what I need to do exactly on that day in order for me to be happy or feel good.

In the end that is what new year’s resolutions are about right? Living a better life, feeling happier and more successful than we did last year?

A lot can happen in 365 days. Today, when I see the whole new year in front of me, I may think that I will be happier to have a six pack by June, which means I probably need to work out at least 3-4 times a week and keep a healthy, strict diet until then. But what if I have kept myself too busy at work for a couple of weeks in March that I have barely had time to see my friends, and have had no time working out for a few weeks, and what would make me most happy at that moment would be to sit down with some friends and have a nice dinner? But doing that would make me feel guilty since I would really need to work out in order to fulfill my 2013 resolution, and not doing so would make me fail my promise.

If you take things day by day, you will know what your needs are for that day. Whether that is waking up thinking “Today I will run 10 km” or “Today I will lie on the sofa and eat chocolate while watching 10 New Girl-episodes” we have one promise to fulfill within one day that will make us equally happy. And doing either thing would be a success and make us feel good.

So tomorrow when we wake up, let us all have a smile on our face and make our first 2013 resolution which will result in an even wider smile when going back to bed the same night.

A very happy and successful new year to all you Upwalkers out there! Now – time to toast and celebrate!!


Mind over body – breaking our limits

I am a strong believer of the philosophy of whatever we put our mind to – we can achieve and put into physical action. We all have our human limitations – mentally or physically – but with the right mindset we can defy those limits (not referring to paranormality).

There is a small test to prove this and you can try it!

          1. Stand up, have your back facing a wall about a meter from you.
          2. Stretch your right arm so that it is pointing straight out to the side.
          3. Start twisting your upper body, without moving your feet, to reach your right arm as far back as possible. When you can’t twist anymore, remember the spot where you are stopping by mentally drawing a cross at that spot.
          4. Take down your arm and face front again. Close your eyes. Envision what you just did, envision you reaching the spot by the cross that you just drew in your mind. Now continue to envision that you continue to twist your body ten more centimeters further. Open your eyes.
          5. Now you will do exactly the same thing again. Stretch out your arm and start twisting. You are reaching that cross your arm stopped at last time, can you reach another 10 centimeters just like you envisioned when closing your eyes?

If it did then you have, like me, witnessed a “Mind over Body” experience. A small one, but still.

My point with this is to give an understanding of how powerful our minds can be, it’s not about moving another 1 or 10 centimeters more, it’s about where  you see yourself going and the actual possibility of you actually getting there.

So next time you doubt yourself or limit yourself because of what seems impossible – think Mind over body!

Quote #13 Every day is a new beginning.

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We often think about what might have been and what does that lead us to? It sure does not lead to anything good, because in the end it will only lead to regret. And who wants that? Instead, think of it this way and keep repeating it to yourself when you tend to fall back to the same pattern.

Every day is a new beginning. Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.

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Quote #12 from Pranahansa Yogananda

“The season of failure is the best times for sowing the seeds of success”

-Paranahansa Yogananda

Life as it is…

There are times when a person reach its lowest point and ask himself: Why is life filled with extreme highs and lows?

When you reach that lowest point it’s normal to think why is this happening to me and/or you automatically start thinking about negative things instead of thinking positively. I can honestly say I’ve been there and sometimes still do when I feel I have hit rock bottom, and I’m sure we all have been there, once or twice.

When I do catch myself thinking this way I change my mindset because I know I won’t gain anything by wishing that things could have turned out differently. I also know that I feel worse about myself. So I pick myself up, put a smile on my face and move forward with what is.

It’s times like this when you should be your best, and how can you be your best when you’re complaining, regretting, worried or dismayed?

Each obstacle is just another step toward getting where you want to be. Learn, adapt, re-commit and get quickly back on track. Embrace each moment as it comes. You cannot change what has already been handed to you but you can absolutely find a positive course of action. When you do that, make the most of them. This will make you feel better and by feeling better you will do better!

Quote #11 – Be not afraid of growing slowly

In life we tend to stress and hurry. We hurry time, ourselves and even people around us. We think that our surrounding demands us to think quicker, develop faster and deliver promptly.

Here is a quote that I would like to share with you, that made me think, that the pace I’m moving right not might just be okey…

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still”

– Chinese Proverb