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The one thing I admire about people who have strong nutrition beliefs is their dogmatic behavior.

For example, a vegetarian, under no circumstances, will ever eat meat. There is no, “well, everyone else is having a burger, so just this once, I will too.”

That’s not how it works.

Not when a vegetarian has a strong personal philosophy that they never, ever, ever eat meat.

And that strong personal philosophy guides them to guilt-free behavior that is congruent with their goals.

I’ve also taught my fat loss clients to develop their own personal philosophy – essentially a set of rules that dictate decisions, and I’ve also created my own rules that determine how I live my life so that I reduce guilt, stress, and wasted emotional energy.

Now the purpose of this email is not to say that my personal philosophies are wrong or right.

Instead, they are simply here to encourage you to adopt your own rules for the sake of living a better, more productive stress free life. 
You may have your own rules in your head, but I encourage you to put them in writing. And you can adopt a set of rules for every aspect of your life, from health to financial to family and business.

 

 

(NOTE: My rules have changed – slightly – since I first wrote them. Here is my updated approach to life.)

My 12 Rules

  1. I go to bed and get up at the same time 7 days per week (8 p.m. and 4 a.m.) I stick to my diet, avoid caffeine after 1 p.m., and avoid alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.
  2. I write for at least 60 minutes first thing every morning.
  3. I do not check email before 11 a.m. and I do not talk on the phone unless it is a scheduled interview or conference call.
  4. I act polite and courteous, and I do not swear.
  5. I create a to-do list at the start & end of every workday and update my daily gratitude & achievement journal.
  6. I do not engage in confrontations with anyone, in-person or online. This is a waste of time and energy. If I have caused harm, I apologize and fix the situation. And then I take a deep breath, relax, breathe out, and re-focus my efforts back on my work and goals.
  7. I am guided by these two phrases:
    a) “Nothing matters.” – I can only work towards the major, massive goals and my vision of helping others, while the opinions of others do not matter to my goals.
    b) “It will all be over soon.”
  8.  Everything that happens to me – good and bad – is my personal responsibility. I blame no one but myself. These are the choices I’ve made – this is the life I’m living. I will accept the consequences of my actions.
  9. I will help 10 Million men and women transform their lives.
  10. I will not be the person I don’t want to be. I will not be petty, jealous, or envious, or give in to any other of those lazy emotions. I will not gossip or speak badly of others, no matter who I am with or what environment that I am in. I will not be negative when it is easier to be positive. I will not hurt others when it is possible to help. I will know the temptations, situations and environments in life that I must avoid, and I will, in fact, avoid them, even if it means loosening relationships with others who “live” in those environments. It’s my life and that matters more than what other people think of me.
  11. “I will always keep the child within me alive.” – Ted Nicholas.
  12. “I will write with honesty and feeling.” – Ted Nicholas. The opinion of others does not matter. What matters is the number of people that I can help by sharing advice and encouragement in my writing.

So that’s it. These 12 rules allow me to live my life with less guilt, more energy, and more productivity than if I did not have these personal philosophies outlined.

Now I know there will be two types of reactions to this content. First, some will dismiss it – and dismiss me.

But to those people, remember the point of the list is not for you to sit there and think, “Oh, what a total weirdo. I never want to hang around with this guy.”

Instead, the point of the list, the idea, the article is to simply stimulate your thinking.

And that’s the 2nd type of reaction you can have to this article.

This is the reaction of the people who I’m interested in – the people who will realize what’s holding them back is not a lack of knowledge (because the knowledge is out there and freely available), but instead, it is decision making.

Listen, I know that every week you make decisions that leave you full of guilt and remorse, but on the other hand you also make decisions that you know are correct – even though they are difficult to make.

Wouldn’t you be better off if you made MORE correct decisions with less effort?

Of course, and that is where you rules to live by, your personal philosophies, come into play.

With this post, I’ve given you a model so that you can create your own personal philosophies that will allow you to make the correct decision and fewer decisions that leave you with remorse.

As a result of making more correct decisions, you’ll move closer to your goals and suffer less frustration. Life will be simpler once you start adhering to your own personal philosophies – and not worrying about what others think.

I’d like to hear your personal philosophies and life rules. Just add your thoughts to the comments section below.

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COMMENTS

  1. Gerardo Ramos
    07/1/2014

    Thank you for sharing. Made my own list based on yours. Got 11 Rules only. Starting to live them today, July 1st. Greetings from Guadalajara, Mexico

    • ttcert
      07/4/2014

      Great to hear!

  2. Gerardo Ramos
    07/8/2014

    Craig, I would like to share you BY EMAIL TO YOU the challenges I got starting the following day I wrote my 12 rules (there are 12 now) and what I have learned after a week of applying them.

  3. Laura L. Smith
    07/9/2014

    I live by similar rules and find my life is quite peaceful and balanced plus I don’t attract or allow negative people within my realm. I also can attest to the fact that sticking to a diet works as I am still thin and have no health issues. I also have a strong faith in allowing my angels to help me achieve my goals–works beautifully.

    • ttcert
      07/10/2014

      Thank you Laura, great feedback!

  4. Dan
    07/15/2014

    Hi Craig,

    Love your work. I’m just wondering how did you come to having just 12 rules? I’ve been working on my own rules and I’ve nearly 30, which I feel is a bit excessive. Can you offer any advice on how I can reduce the number of rules? Should I have 1 definitive major rule for each area of my life or for each of my goals?

    Thanks in advance for your response.

    • ttcert
      07/31/2014

      I would check for redundancies. There is likely a lot of overlap. I can’t remember how I came up with exactly 12. Sorry!

  5. BridgetJane
    07/30/2014

    Hi Craig :)
    Just curious…I read an article just a sec ago that said you eat dinner late, 8-9pm, but here you say you go to bed at 8pm..? So Im curious….8pm seems very early and very dedicated. I too love being up at 4 am but also like to stay up until 10pm… Anywho! Just an observation and curiosity :) Thank you

    • ttcert
      07/31/2014

      I no longer eat the late dinner. I’m done now by 6pm to meet the 8pm bedtime. Much better off this way!

  6. Christine
    09/1/2014

    Great idea, I came up with 16 personal philosophies.

  7. Susana G
    09/23/2014

    ARE YOU ALREADY MARRIED?

  8. Mimi
    10/30/2014

    See rule 6 & 7! And join Alanon (or similar organizations) for support and practical guidelines

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