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How To Create Rules For Your Life And Set Yourself Free

"How do I improve my life? Any clever ideas?"

"Can living my a set of rules actually help me in my life?"

"I want to live a noble, free life. How can I write that down?"

"What must I do to live a better, most consistent life?"

Having rules that govern your life, behavior and choices may appear both restrictive and confining.

However.

There’s a profound freedom that comes from living by a set of rules that you’ve chosen for yourself.

Suppose you had the rule that you’re never going to lie to your partner. Well, guess what? You never have to fight with yourself about whether or not to tell the truth. No more arguments inside your head. You simply tell the truth and get on with life.

Develop your own custom set of rules for each aspect of your life. These rules will provide the framework for having a more productive and stress-free life.

Here are nine examples of rules for your life that can serve you well:

  1. I always go to bed and get up at times that provide me with the opportunity to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep.
  2. I refuse to answer the phone when I'm spending time with my family.
  3. I refrain from checking email before 10 AM or after 4 PM.
  4. I accept full responsibility for all outcomes in my life, both good and bad.
  5. I tell everyone in my family that I love them at least once per day.
  6. I read a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
  7. I meditate every night for 10 minutes before I go to sleep.
  8. I speak to all of my friends at least once each month.
  9. Before bed, I make a list of the most important items to complete the following day.

You get the idea…

Why is this important?

We all make choices that result in guilty or remorseful feelings. But we also make tough decisions that we know are correct.

Having a list of rules for your behavior makes it easier to make wise decisions with less mental turmoil.

Your rules will move you closer to your goals, as well as remove some frustration from your life.

 

Here are four tips to develop your own rules:

Make a list of your most important goals.

It's helpful to have goals related to your finances, health, family, and personal accomplishments. If you know your goals, you can develop rules that support them.

What are your most important goals?

 

Your values.

When you're behaving in a manner that's congruent with your beliefs and values, you'll be much happier and more successful.

What are your beliefs and values?

 

Deal with obstacles.

How do you waste time? What are your weaknesses? Rules that eliminate or minimize the challenges in your life are worthwhile.

What obstacles and roadblocks stand in your way?

 

Got kids?

If you have children, what do you want them to see when they watch you? They're always watching, even if you think they aren't.

What example do you want to set for your kids?

 

Most of us strive for a greater degree of freedom, and rules appear like a limit to that freedom.

However, you free up a lot of mental resources when you make important decisions beforehand.

Think about it.

If your rule is to exercise every day, then you can avoid having to spend 20 minutes deciding whether or not to exercise. You just do it!

Take the time to make your own set of rules. The number of rules doesn’t matter.

Start with a couple and add more as you see fit.

Start today, make a few rules and set yourself free.

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