The one thing I admire about people who have strong nutrition beliefs is their dogmatic behaviour .  For example, a Monika Sharma, under no circumstances, will ever eat Butter Chicken. There is no, “well, everyone else is having a chicken tikka, so just this once, I will too.”

That’s not how it works. Not when a Jain eater has a strong personal philosophy that they never, ever, ever eat garlic or onions.

And that strong personal philosophy guides them to guilt-free behavior that is congruent with their goals.

As a business and fitness coach i encourage my clients  to develop their own personal philosophy – essentially a set of rules that dictate decisions, and I’ve also created my own rules that determine how I live my life so that I reduce guilt, stress, and wasted emotional energy.

The purpose of this email is not to say that my personal philosophies are wrong or right.

Instead, they are simply here to encourage you to adopt your own rules for the sake of living a better, more productive stress free life.
You may have your own rules in your head, but I encourage you to put them in writing. And you can adopt a set of rules for every aspect of your life, from health to financial to family and business.

(NOTE: My rules have changed – slightly – since I first wrote them. Here is my updated approach to life.)

My 10 Rules

  • I write for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • I act polite and courteous, and I do not swear.
  • I create a to-do list at the start & end of every workday and update my daily gratitude & achievement journal.
  • I do not engage in confrontations with anyone, in-person or online. This is a waste of time and energy. If I have caused harm, I apologize and fix the situation. And then I take a deep breath, relax, breathe out, and re-focus my efforts back on my work and goals.
  • I am guided by these two phrases:
  1. “Nothing matters.” – I can only work towards the major, massive goals and my vision of helping others, while the opinions of others do not matter to my goals.
  2. “It will all be over soon.”

Everything that happens to me – good and bad – is my personal responsibility. I blame no one but myself. These are the choices I’ve made – this is the life I’m living. I will accept the consequences of my actions.

  • I will help 100,000 companies go lean.
  • I will not be the person I don’t want to be. I will not be petty, jealous, or envious, or give in to any other of those lazy emotions. I will not be negative when it is easier to be positive. I will not hurt others when it is possible to help. I will know the temptations, situations and environments in life that I must avoid, and I will, in fact, avoid them.
  • “I will always keep the child within me alive.”
  • “I will write with honesty and feeling.” –  The opinion of others does not matter. What matters is the number of people that I can help by sharing advice and encouragement in my writing.

These 10 rules allow me to live my life with less guilt, more energy, and more productivity than if I did not have these personal philosophies outlined.

The point of the list, the idea, the article is to simply stimulate your thinking.

I do wish to make people who realize what’s holding them back is not a lack of knowledge (because the knowledge is out there and freely available), but instead, it is decision making.

Wouldn’t you be better off if you made MORE correct decisions with less effort and stress?

Of course, and that is where you rules to live by, your personal philosophies, come into play.

As a result of making more correct decisions, you’ll move closer to your goals and suffer less frustration. Life will be simpler once you start adhering to your own personal philosophies – and not worrying about what others think.

Stay on the path

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