Life can be magical when you have a clear set of personal rules to live by. Here are my top 10 picks for living a happy, abundant life. (I hope they inspire you to create your own set of rules for living life to its fullest.)
Life Rule #1: Look For What Pleases You Rather Than What Annoys You
Whether it’s your partner, your brother, your pet, your home or work, try placing the majority of your attention on the things you really love and appreciate, rather than looking for the things you find tiresome or irritating.
Life Rule #2: Have a Life That is Yours Alone
Try, as much as possible, to live a life that is not tethered too tightly to the actions and opinions of others. Do what you adore and adore what you do.
Life Rule#3: Appreciate Where You Are Right Now
As you work your way toward your ultimate goals and dreams, make an intentional effort to recognize that where you stand in the present moment is as much a gift as where you are going. Every day, look for at least one thing about your life RIGHT NOW that satisfies you.
Life Rule #4: Have Some Fun
Laugh, dance, do something silly. Watch a funny movie, go for a swim, have lobster for dinner. Whatever you consider fun, pick something, and Just Do It.
Life Rule #5: Say What You Need to Say
Don’t hold back…if you want to say, “I love you,” say it. If you need to say, “You hurt me,” say that too.
Life Rule #6: Surround Yourself With People You Love
Make a list of the people who make you feel safe, inspired, happy, and motivated. Keep them close and let them know, on a regular basis, how much they mean to you.
Life Rule #7: Forget About The Money (If just for a little while)
Sure, money makes the world go ‘round, BUT if everything you do is monetarily based, you’re destined to miss a lot of life on the way to your “riches.” Make a habit of doing at least one thing every day that doesn’t cost you a penny or make you a dime.
Life Rule #8: Be a Duck - Let Things Roll Off Your Back
Contrary to popular belief, life is not about struggle, conflict and endurance. Often, simply deciding that you will look the other way, turn the other cheek, or smile and say “no problem,” can spell the difference between misery and happiness. It’s always your choice.
Life Rule #9: Do a DRAK (Daily Random Act of Kindness)
Hold the elevator, wave the other car in, in fact, let two in, pay the next guy’s toll, tell someone they smell really good. Find someone to thank, to compliment, to appreciate, and do it.
Life Rule #10: Take Care of The Vehicle You’ve Been Given
In a world where most of our time is spent fulfilling the needs of others – our boss, our children, a troubled friend, our significant other - it’s important to remember that it's our physical bodies that get us from point “A” to point “B.” Without it, it’s impossible to take care of anything or anyone else. Make self- care a top priority.
Dianne Orwig is a success coach, motivational speaker, personal trainer, and founder of LivingFit Online™, a program that has helped thousands of men and women transform their bodies, and live happier, more path-driven lives though her pioneering, real-world approach to fitness, health and wellbeing. For more information visit www.lovelivingfit.com or send an email to Dianne@lovelivingfit.com.