14 Personal Rules that Govern My Life

It’s not about what you know, it’s about what you do consistently. — Tony Robbins

Rule #1. I am always grateful for my life, in all situations.

“A happy person is someone who can enjoy the scenery on the detour.” — Gregory Benford

Rule #2. I react calmly, with love and empathy. I make peace.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” — Viktor Frankl

“…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — Shakespeare

Rule #3. I accept that my situation is a direct result of my actions.

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” — Robert Anthony

Rule #4. I question what is presented to me and seek the balance of evidence.

1) Assume nothing. 2) Follow up and check.

Rule #5. I sleep at 9:30pm and wake up at 5:00am.

Willpower is for people who haven’t made up their mind. — Benjamin P. Hardy

“The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life.” — Philip Doddridge

Rule #6. I never eat or use animals or their byproducts.

Rule #7. I focus on the present moment with all of my energy.

Sit sit, walk walk, don’t wobble. — Zen Proverb

“The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake. The rest of the animals pay only once for every mistake they make. But not us. We have a powerful memory. We make a mistake, we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty, and we punish ourselves.” ― Miguel Ruiz

Rule #8. I work on one task at a time, from a written task list.

“If you have one ass you can’t sit on two horses” — Hungarian proverb

Rule 9. I get out of my comfort zone to have real experiences and grow.

“Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills!” — T. Harv Ecker

Rule 10. I strive to add 10x more value than I take.

Hard work is undefeated.

Rule 11. I do not put emotional energy into things I cannot control.

“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.”

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” — Marcus Aurelius

Rule 12. I plan way ahead with high intention and low attachment.

“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” — Seneca

Rule 13: I weigh between 166 and 170 pounds and maintain this lean look year-round.

Rule 14: I keep my phone at least 10 feet away from my bed at night.

Interested in self-improvement, productivity and human potential. More at www.davidwentworth.net

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