This #1 New York Times bestseller offers some useful
and understandable advice that can be applied to many
situations. The idea of life as a series of lessons can
help to put things into perspective and add to anyone’s
ability to deal with setbacks and reach their full
Rule one – You will receive a body
Acceptance or rejection of your body only carries weight
in your own mind, and your perception has no bearing on
how your body actually looks, so why not choose the ease
of acceptance rather than the pain of rejection? The
choice is yours.
Rule two – You will be presented with lessons
Each day in the school of life you will be presented
with all the lessons that you specifically need to learn,
whether you choose to learn them or not is entirely up
to you. See these lessons as gifts, or guides along your
path toward living as your authentic self.
Rule three – There are no mistakes, only lessons
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of
trials, errors, victories and setbacks. The failed
experiments are as much a part of the process as the
experiments that work. Without lessons, it is difficult
to convert mistakes into valuable learning opportunities.
Rule four – A lesson is repeated until learned
Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until
you have learned them. When you have learned them, you
can then go on to the next lesson.
Rule five – Learning does not end
Your journey on earth is constantly unfolding, and while
your wisdom grows and your capacity to deal with
challenges expands, new lessons will present themselves.
Lessons will be around as long as you live.
Rule six – There is no better than here
This rule encourages you to live fully in the present.
When your ‘there’ has become a ‘here’, you will simply
obtain a there that will look better to you than your
present here. Live in the ‘here and now’. Avoid the
continuous cycle of longing.
Rule seven – Others are only mirrors of you
You cannot love or hate something about another person
unless it reflects something you love or hate about
yourself. See the qualities that you admire in others
as characteristics that you have already embraced in
yourself, allow them to illuminate more clearly your
own feelings of self-worth.
Rule eight – What you make of your life is up to you
You have all the tools and resources you need. What
you do with them is up to you.
Rule nine – Your answers lie inside of you
All you need to do is look, listen and trust. Many
answers to life’s problems are available by trusting
your intuition and listening to the ‘little voices’
in your head.
Rule ten – You will forget all of this at birth
Create ways to find your way back to your truth when
you forget. Surround yourself with people who know
your personal truth and are familiar with your
authentic self. They can help keep you rooted.
“Be more concerned with your character than your
reputation, because characte is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think
-John Wooden, college basketball coach
“Although they only give gold medals in the field
of athletics, I encourage everyone to look into
themselves and find their own personal dream,
whatever that may be – sports, medicine, law,
business, music, writing, whatever. The same
principles apply. Turn your dream into a goal and
learn how to attack that goal systematically.
Break it into bite-size chunks that seem possible,
and then don’t give up. Just keep plugging away.”
– John Naber, swimmer, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist
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