Life's Golden Rules - The Life e-Guide

Life’s Golden Rules

There are a few things you can do to make your life not only easier, but substantially better. So many people are missing out on a lot of the joy in life because they don’t know the rules! To play the game well, you have to know what to do. While this won’t show you everything, it will give you some of the important things.

    Make progress.

  • Working hard is good, but unless you’re moving forward what’s the point? Hard work without focus is the same as playing basketball and just running up and down the court without shooting. To get the most out of your work, aim it towards a goal.
  • Every little step is being counted towards the bigger picture. It doesn’t matter how small or big your progress is. It’s moving you forward. The only constant in life is change and by defining what changes you want to make, you take control of your life.
  • Progress is going to happen regardless. You’re probably going to complain and whine about something regardless. Why not complain and whine your way to being a millionaire? You’re going to be doing some kind of work to get money. It may as well be work that you want to do.

    Help others.

  • No one does anything without someone else’s help. Even if all the help you got was getting pointed in the right direction, you still got help. Be that person for someone else. It will change both your life and theirs even if you never know what happened to them.
  • You hear it every day. The world is a less safe place than it’s ever been. Everybody’s on edge. Nobody trusts anyone anymore. Why is that? We’ve gotten selfish. Everyone is so focused on themselves that they can’t see the goodness they keep receiving. Even with the current state of the world, there is still more good than bad. Why? Because there are people helping other people.
  • If you don’t think you have the time, money, or resources to help you’re wrong. Do you have an hour that you spend doing nothing at least once a month? You have time to volunteer. Do you have a two dollars? You can spare at least 25 cents. Helping others doesn’t have to be some grand gesture or a crazy commitment. Just do what you can, when you can.

    Don’t get “old”.

  • Life is full of so many interesting things. Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut or get stuck in the past. That’s when you start getting old. Keep learning new things and trying new things.
  • Being bored is for people who have stopped trying new things. How can you say there’s nothing to do when you aren’t actively looking for things to do? Do you keep an open mind when you see different events going on? Getting old is a choice. You choose to stop doing things. I had a 97 year old woman that was still trying new things on her deathbed.
  • It doesn’t have to be anything extreme or expensive. It just has to keep that spark alive. Something that triggers a new connection in your brain and that really doesn’t take much. As far as getting old physically… Well, there’s not really a way to get around that. Just live as healthy of a lifestyle as you can.

    Take chances.

  • I was taught that the worst regret to have is to know that you could have done something, but you didn’t. You can start a business, you can survive a marathon, you can do whatever you want to. Just be ready to work, have patience, and lose a little to gain a lot.
  • Some of the – actually – all of the most successful people in the world are the ones who took chances. They did things so far out there that nobody else even understood what they were talking about. Always remember, Gary Dahl made millions off of selling people pet rocks. Let that sink in. Can you imagine the ridicule he received for even mentioning that as a serious idea?
  • The elderly that go back to college are taking a chance. The person that just took a new job has taken a chance. Even the person who went to a new restaurant took a chance. A lot of articles and books make it seem like you have to do something crazy to take chances. It can be as wild or tame as you want as long as it’s something you don’t normally do.

    Show gratitude.

  • It could be something as simple as writing a thank you note to a professor that touched your life or giving a loved one a hug. Gratitude isn’t some big mystery. Just genuinely show that you appreciate those around you.
  • Complaining about the things you don’t have is so much easier than looking at what you do have. I’m not going to tell you about how much more fortunate you are than people in third world countries. You already know that. What I am going to tell you is to shut up. Stop griping about how crappy your life is. Nobody cares and it makes people not want to talk to you or be around you.
  • The absolute smallest form of gratitude you can show is to stop complaining so much. Life sucks and we all know it. You don’t have to tell us. But when you at least shut up about it, it’s not your main focus. Thinking about how you can fix your crappy life and then actually doing it is the utmost form of gratitude because it’s encouraging. It helps other people to see that they can do the same thing.

Now you know the golden rules of life. Or at least these five. Start incorporating this way of thinking into your normal routine and you’ll not only see a change, you’ll feel it. The only way life stops sucking is when you don’t think it sucks anymore. It’ll take some time to get to that point and you probably will never fart rainbows, but it will make you feel better.

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