Posted by Todd Smith
Each of us has our own rulebook. Our rulebooks contain the rules from which we each live our lives and see the world. It includes everything from how we want the toilet paper to unfold on the roller to the things we do when no one is watching. It is the book that governs how we make decisions and influences every part of our lives.
Taking the Rules Test
The truth about all of our rulebooks is they contain things that break the law, go against our religions and violate others trust. Now before you get all excited thinking “You’re wrong, Todd. I’m not guilty.” Consider these questions:
If we are honest with ourselves, none of us do everything the world’s laws say we should do. We have each chosen to accept some and justify not doing others.
We ALL have our own set of laws or rules from which we each live our lives. These rules influence everything, from how we live our lives today to who we become tomorrow.
As an example, many of these blog posts represents the rules that govern my life.
Helping or Hindering Me
Let me encourage you to start paying attention to your rules. As you look at the decisions you are making each day, start questioning them. Ask yourself, “What is my rule for making this decision? Is this rule helping me achieve the things that are important to me, or is it hurting me?”
To identify the rule behind any decision you make, ask yourself, “What is my basis or justification for this decision?” The answer is one of the rules in your rulebook. Try it out.
Finding the Answers
What is critical to comprehend is that all the decisions you make that ultimately influence your success, happiness, and fulfillment are based on your rulebook.
The reason all the answers are in your rulebook is because you are where you are at this very point in your life, based on the choices you have made. All these decisions are based on your rules.
Your entire life today is the sum total result of the quality of your choices and decisions to this moment. If you are not happy with any part of your life, it is up to you to begin to make different choices and better decisions and the place to start is by questioning the underlying rules behind your decision.
You are the author of your own rulebook. You can rewrite those rules that are holding you back from becoming the person you want to be and from achieving the happiness and success you desire.
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Todd Smith is a successful entrepreneur of 34 years and founder of Little Things Matter. To receive Todd’s lessons, subscribe here. All Todd’s lessons are also available on iTunes as downloadable podcasts.
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