Like Linda Coles, I too watched the recent movie, People Like Us, and remembered the part of the story where the guy gave some advice about life – there were 6 rules worth sharing.
I am not usually one for having rules for life. It sounds so severe and limiting. What if there were more ? Was I to just keep adding to the list? But then I kept coming back to these rules and wondering what were the fundamentals guiding me. So, here are my 7 rules for life.
1. Tell people what you want them to think or what conclusion you’d like them to reach. Don’t assume they will get it or make the same connections you do. I’ve learnt this the hard way.
2. Always have your own opinion first about anything important. I need to process or make sense of it myself before I seek external counsel. If I don’t, I find myself clouded by the judgement or opinion of others. It’s good to play around with the issues in your own head first.
3. Always dream your dreams afresh. Do not build a dream within the limitations you see. I never set out to build my dreams within limitations but over time, I found myself doing just that. It seemed that life got in the way and dreams just didnt seem possible. So I tried to hedge my bets and make trade-offs.
Don’t. Make it limitless and bountiful. That’s why it called a dream.
4. When you need to make an important point, put your conclusion/statement/request/pitch upfront. The most important point needs to be made upfront as no one has the time, desire or stamina now to wait till you reach the end, to find out what you’re trying to say. The story comes after.
5. It’s always good to ask. Don’t guess or assume, you’re likely to be surprised.
6. Anything, everything can be as small or as big as you want it to be.
It’s strange yet wonderful that so much power resides within ourselves, if only we can see that to be the case.
My all time favourite
7. Anything’s possible.
Because it really is.
Do you have any rules? Share them.