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7 Profound Realizations That Have Changed My Life (And Might Change Yours)

It is not the big things that end up changing our life, but the little things.

Most people believe they have to make huge changes and take massive action, but it often isnít necessary.

Life goes on by itself without you having to force anything. Changes happen, good things happen, and bad things happen.

It is not the outside that counts, but what you do with it inside. Some people thrive and are happy despite most circumstances, while others are miserable living in luxury.

I’ve had a lot of realizations during my brief time on planet Earth, but to me, they’ve been profound and life-changing, and today I wanted to share a few of them with you.

1. Everything is Okay

Everything is okay in this very moment. If youíre reading these words, you’re okay.

There is nothing going on. Nothing needs to be done, and there is no rush anywhere. I know you may think that there is, but there isn’t.

Notice that I said think, because it is our minds that create most of our problems.

2. Thoughts are Thoughts

You are not your thoughts. You are the awareness behind them, the observer, and the emptiness.

Notice your thoughts as you read this article. Do you notice any judgments, opinions, or anything else coming up?

Whatever you notice, just let your thoughts be there, welcome them, and check what happens. You don’t have to act on your thoughts, because they are not you, they just are what they are: thoughts.

3. Fear

Fear doesn’t have to paralyze you. When I began going after my dreams, and building my online business, I was scared.

What I quickly realized is that when I moved through my fear, the fear went poof. It was as if it never existed.

Where did the fear come from? I created it. It came from my mind, and I was afraid of my own creation.

Your fears will often not represent reality, and when you take action and move through them, or simply let them go, they disappear.

4. Kaizen

Many people, myself included, want perfection. They want everything to work out perfectly. No mistakes are allowed.

What I’ve discovered is that this journey isn’t about perfection, it’s about constant improvement, or as the Japanese call it: kaizen.

5. Self-Honesty

If you have self-honesty, you have the key to personal growth. You know what you can do, and what you cannot. Although you have to be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that you know everything.

Sometimes the universe throws curveballs at you, and sometimes you surprise yourself. Knowing that is a part of self-honesty.

You are much more than you think you are, and you are capable of great things, so learn to trust yourself.

6. Discipline

I write, a lot.

I write books. I create courses, and I write, write, write, all the time.

I’m not always in the mood to write, but what I’ve noticed is that starting is the hardest part. I only need a touch of discipline to get started writing that first paragraph, and from there it flows.

If it doesn’t, I stop.

Discipline goes both ways. Use it to start, and use it to stop when appropriate.

7. Kindness

You never know what the future holds. That is why I try to practice kindness as much as I can.

This doesnít mean that I don’t set boundaries. It just means that I do my best to see through the illusion that there is a me vs. you, because there isn’t.

There is room for everyone on this planet. We can all thrive together, and it is through cooperation that we will rise to new heights.

Life is a strange thing. Sometimes it scares the hell out of you, and sometimes it surprises you with bursts of exquisite ecstasy.

Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where you can get his FREE life-changing course right now: Find Your Passion in 5 Days or Less. And if you liked this article, you may like, 21 Things You Can Do to Change Your Life Forever.

Where from? Henri was born in Sweden and currently lives in Finland.

  • dhiren dubey

    Hi Henry,
    Thanks for your brilliant post
     

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  • http://aikiliving.com Jonas Ellison

    Awesome post!  Great way of explaining it.  I love the philosophy of kaizen and the idea that we create our thoughts but if we’re not careful, they can rule us.. Thanks!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ADF34UUU5JLCDTWJM5WVRCCXJE enigma

    Just what I needed, great post.

  • chetan

    Hi Henry ! Thanks for the post and liked all the points mentioned. 

    I do agree that many time we create huge fear in our mind which does not exists at all…
    Chetan

  • http://twitter.com/Akos_Fintor Akos Fintor

    Thanks Henry for the insight. 

  • http://www.OurWishRadio.com Raymondtcubeta

    Great message in this post, Henri. I took a few notes on it. :)

  • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri Junttila

    Thanks for all the comments and kind words! I appreciate it :)

    • Ketchum

      I have 11 bookmarks on my browser bookmark bar and this post is one of them.  Whenever I click the link, I find it is just what I need.

      • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri Junttila

        That’s awesome. I’m glad the article helps. Keep rocking! :)

  • pawan bali

    thanks bro nice and motivating.

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  • Sebastiandenizkesen

    Thanks Henry for the great wisdom behind your thinking

  • godawannabe

    Hi Henry: Perhaps you can help me. I turned 43 last year July 2012. The day after my 43 birthday I was laid off from my job of 23 years. I didn’t understand why at that moment I was being handed my hat, I felt elated, relieved. I was okay, but at the same time in a little panic. I kept hearing this voice (thought) in my head that my purpose in life was to love unconditionally and spread this knowledge to everyone I come into contact with (including those I normally wouldn’t have) It forced me to think differently about what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I have spent more time this past year listening for clues, signs about what I am doing and what is my purpose. Time and time again I keep getting the same message: Love unconditionally.

    I am also plagued with having a harsh but logical viewpoint about how others are living their lives and how they relate to the people and things that surround them. I loath having these thoughts because I have always believed “to each his own”… it is not my place to judge anyone. Even though I do not condemn people for their actions and only take pity knowing they don’t know what they are doing, I am scared because i do not normally think this way when someone has done something wrong to me, someone or something, or to themselves. I am concerned that I will be looked at as crazy now and even talking with psychological professionals has lent me little relief.