To succeed in life, you need to be realistic about yourself and others, reach harmony between the inner and outer world, and try to change yourself to become a better human being. And the following six life rules will help you with this.

6 Life Rules to Live By

1. The Mirror Rule

People around you are your mirrors. They reflect the traits of your own personality that you cannot perceive. For example, if someone is rude to you, the one who allows and tolerates this is you. If someone deceives you again and again, then probably you are inclined to trust everybody.

So do not take offense at anyone and instead, turn to your own attitudes and behaviors that could prompt other people to treat you in one or another way.

2. The Right of Choice

Everything that happens in your life is the result of your own choices. And if you hang out with boring people, then maybe you are boring too. If you solve the problems of others, then probably you enjoy it. You yourself are the cause of everything that happens to you.

The creator of your destiny is you and nobody else.

3. The Mistake Rule

Everyone makes mistakes. Remember that your opinion and your actions cannot always be considered right by other people. Do not try to be ideal, you have the right to make mistakes and be wrong.

What matters is to be able to recognize and fix them in time. And what is even more important is the ability to learn from your failures.

4. The Conformity Rule

You have exactly as much as you deserve, no more, no less, whether it is about relationships, or about work and money. If you cannot love a person to the fullest extent, it is ridiculous to demand him/her to love you like this.

So all your claims and expectations are meaningless if you are not ready to change yourself accordingly in the first place. And yet, when you decide to change yourself, you will see changes in people around you, too.

5. The Presence Rule

You live here and now. There is no past since it is replaced by the present every next second. There is no future since it is not here yet. Emotional attachment to the past leads to depression while excessive preoccupation about the future creates anxiety.

So enjoy your today and now! Because if you think about it, it’s the only thing that you have.

6. The Optimism Rule

While we criticize life, it passes us by. Think that some people do not have even half of the things you do. Someone lives in the street, someone else is ill and is going to die in a week… Think about it, and you will find many reasons to be grateful and happy about your life.

Remember one important truth – the life rules above are not intended to make you feel guilty for complaining or blaming other people for their faults. The basic philosophy behind these rules is to take responsibility for your life and go on no matter what.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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