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10 rules to improve performance

Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”
― John Wooden

What rules do you work by or live by?   Are the rules supporting your growth and success or are they pushing you backwards?


Many people are living by rules they aren’t even aware of.  Rules of living that lead to procrastination, poor time management, small expectations, negative self-talk and worse.   What you do each day is dictated by the rules that govern your life.   If you exercise you have a rule for exercising.   If you are overweight you have rules that permit you to eat more than you need.   If you are unhappy you have rules that allow you to stay unhappy.

The rules you live by support the results you get each day.  If you don’t like the rules you are living by then it is time to change them.  Live by a new set of rules.

Robin Sharma shares some rules(in bold) that can improve your daily results.  Here they are:

#1. Generosity beats scarcity in every situation.

– Implement the rule by living by this statement.  “I am generous”

#2. If you’re the most successful person in every room, find a new room.

– Implement a new rule here, “I am growing”

#3. If you’re not up early, you’re sleeping too late.

-Change your rule to, “I get up early.”

#4. Epic performance has more to do with saying no than saying yes.

-Manage your time better by, “I carefully choose what I do.”

#5. Commit to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of your craft.

-Improve your performance by:  “I am an expert”

#6. Get fit so you can serve more people.

-Master your health with the rule, “I am healthy”

#7. Impact is a better measure of success than income.

-Create a rule to live more significantly, “I am making a significant contribution.”

#8. A failure only becomes a failure if you let it become a failure.

-Switch your thinking, “I am successful”

#9. Your job is to see the greatness in people who have yet to own the greatness within themselves.

-Help others to succeed, “I am help others be their best”,  take the “ego” out.

#10. Don’t wait to be inspired to start your dream. Start your dream to grow inspired.

– Set goals and work on them, “I work on my goals daily.”

#11. What the victim calls luck, the hero calls relentlessness.

-And, “I create my results.”

What rules do you live by?   What rules do you want to change?   What results do you want this year?

Programmed for

“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.”  Charles C. Nobel

We are programmed by things that have happened to us, or things  that have happened to those around us.   Eventually the things in life that have happened to us become our operating rules.    These rules try to protect us from having those events of the past pop back into our lives in the present.  Our rules become our personal safety net.  

If you want to be programmed for success you needs rules that support success.   Many people have rules that support failure, their own failure.    People live by rules that say “It can’t be done”, or “You are not good enough”.   These kind of rules limit who we can be and who we are.

Our daily attitude can be a result of the rules we have that govern our lives.

Have you ever talked to someone who couldn’t find a good thing in their lives?   Nothing in their life has worked out for their benefit might be a declaration they would make.    Some people live with rules that suggest that the world owes them something, and at a minimum the world owes them happiness.    Sadly the world doesn’t give people the happiness they believe they deserve, and  the world doesn’t give people success either.   The world only reflects back an image of who we are.   

What rules do you have that are limiting who you could become?

What are your rules for happiness?

What are your rules for success?

What are your rules for friendship?

What are your rules for relationships?

What are your rules for joy?

What are your rules for love?

Examine your rules.   Are  your rules serving  you and what you desire to become or are they restricting you from becoming all that you were meant to be?

Peyton Conway March  wrote, “There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

The best the world has to offer …

Will l let the world have the best of me or will I have the best of the world?

Are you living by the rules that the world imposes on you or are you making the rules that world will have to live by?


There are but a few instances in history where someone was bold enough, brave enough, and courageous enough to create a new set of rules.   Gandhi did it in India peacefully and powerfully.  Martin Luther King Jr. did it with peace, love and hope.    John F. Kennedy did it with a statement that focused the nation with a single immutable cause – get to the moon before the end of the decade.  There are others who challenged the status quo and wrote some new rules, Nelson Mandela , Oprah Winfrey, and maybe a few others that really wrote the rules rather than living by the rules.

Certainly we have to live within a framework of rules but the rules can be changed, shaken and rewritten.   It takes someone with a dream, with a fist full of courage and the will, the unshakable will to challenge the status quo.

Whose rules are you living by?   Sometimes we are trapped in our work, living by the rules imposed on us by others.   They don’t necessarily have to be bad rules but they may not be the kind of rules that unleash our purpose, our power, our sense of being, or our joy.    What kinds of rules inhibit you from living your life to the fullest?

Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?
Henry James