Today is the last day of 2007. It has been a great year for Life Optimizer, thanks to all of you, the readers. It is your support and participation that allows this blog to have the growth it witnesses. Looking at the stat, at January 1 this year there were only eight (!) subscribers (when this blog was almost four months old). But now, when I write this post, there are 3,123 subscribers. While many other blogs grow faster than this, I’m still very grateful for this unexpected result. To be honest, my goal for 2007 was only 500 subscribers by the end of the year. While 500 might look small now, by then it was an ambitious goal (I got only eight subscribers at that time!). Today I’d like to recap all the best posts in 2007. For each month, I will give you the two or three most popular posts. Here they are:
Just a quick note: my article entitled 20 Questions to Help You Reflect the Past Year has gone live at lifehack. It gives you 20 questions to assess your progress in the four facets of prosperity: material, spiritual, physical, and social. I think it’s a timely read since it’s now the perfect time to reflect how we have done in 2007.
2007 has been a great year for my reading experience. I read a lot of books, more than I did in 2006, and they give me the value I need to improve my life. While I always learn something from each book, there are some books which stand out in their usefulness. These are the books that give me the most value to improve my life. In this post, I’d like to share the top 10 of them. They cover practically all aspects of our life, from finding purpose, improving reading skill, and getting the most out of relationships. I have written about most of them in my posts here, though there are a few which I have never mentioned before. I believe you will find them useful as I do. Without further ado, here they are (in no particular order): 1. Success Built to Last Who need this book: those who want to live a life that matters This book gives you the essence of living a life that matters. The advice given here is based on interviews with many successful people. Among others, it talks about finding your passion, finding the courage to pursue them, and dealing with […]
We always need new insights to move forward in life, and Think Week is a great way to get them. Let me share how I come to this conclusion. This past week I barely had time to write since my family came to have vacation and I accompanied them. It was a lot of fun, but it was also very tiring. Today I spent most of my time to take rest and restore my energy. Thankfully, this past week the contents created by Ann and Albert had kept the blog running. Since I didn’t do my normal routine for relatively long time, the past week gave me a unique opportunity to look at my life and work from a distance. It allowed me to see things through a fresh perspective. Now I have better idea of what I’m going to do with my life and some fresh ideas of what I should do in the future. This experience reminds me of Bill Gates’s Think Week. Think Week is the week taken by Bill Gates to go for a retreat and spend time to ponder the future of Microsoft and the industry. He does it twice a year and has done […]
Note: This is a guest post by Albert Foong from UrbanMonk.Net. What is the biggest obstacle most people face in achieving personal mastery? Your mind; your thoughts. When you master your mind, everything else begins to fall into place. But the moment we look at our mind, we begin to see how wild it is. Modern psychology estimates that we have 40 to 60 thousand thoughts a day, and most of them are repetitious, useless – and often, unhappy. In my quest to control our monkey mind, I’ve taken from the best systems – from modern Cognitive Psychology, to the ancient spiritual systems – in particular, the Buddhist Sutra on the Removal of Distracting Thoughts. Here are the results – five levels, arranged according to how unruly your thoughts are. First a warning – it is easy to get anxious and jump ahead to the more advanced levels, thinking that your mind is wilder than it really is. Please don’t, and give each level an earnest effort over a few days.
Last month I wrote the post How to Live Your Books and Not Just Read Them. There I introduced the idea of “most important books” (MIBs) which says that you should treat some very important books differently to get maximum benefit. Reader Ann M. Mione took the idea and created a bookmark template based on it. In her words: I really liked the idea of MIBs in your recent blog post (I was backlogged and just caught up a day or so ago, that’s why I’m just reading it now.) My problem would be that I would forget exactly what I’m supposed to be looking for in the books. So I made up a bookmark to print out and put in my MIBs when they are active (I’m just starting with 2.) I made them into a .pdf template for anyone else who may be interested in using an MIB bookmark. Ann also has a plan to expand the MIBs idea to non-fiction books (you can check her site for more information). The template is available here. Thanks, Ann!