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Rules to Live By

Recently I came across an article by Bob Parsons where he talks about the 16 Rules he tries to live by. I thought it was brilliantly written and certainly an eye opener for anyone in any line of work, no line of work, trying to get a handle on life as, in some cases it seems to be getting away from them. If you’re trying to get a handle on your life, then who or what is in control of it right now?

Recently I came across an article by Bob Parsons where he talks about the 16 Rules he tries to live by. I thought it was brilliantly written and certainly an eye opener for anyone in any line of work, no line of work, trying to get a handle on life as, in some cases it seems to be getting away from them. If you’re trying to get a handle on your life, then who or what is in control of it right now?

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I would encourage all of you to read his rules and see if and how they’re applicable to what you might be living. In the meantime I’d like to share my rules for getting the best in life, as they apply to life, work, relationships — any and all aspects of putting life in perspective.

•Get the job done

•Recognize feelings, issues and circumstances that might stand in the way

•Rule 3 is Rule 2 NEVER gets in the way of Rule 1

Getting the job done might be keeping a commitment, or finishing a personal or professional goal for example. No matter what it is, remember intentions equal results. If you intend to do something, feel something, complete something, it will happen…good, bad or indifferent.

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How many times have you let petty differences, circumstances, ‘Doubting Thomases’ get in the way? If you let others hold you back, then you will be held back. Simple! Which brings me to Bob’s rule 12 (Never let anybody push you around). I tell people “If you give your personal power away to someone you least respect at that moment in time, or don’t respect at all, what does that say about how you respect and value yourself?”

And when you read Bob’s rules, my favorites are 3 (when you’re ready to quit, you’re close than you think), 7 (Always be moving forward). But they they’ll all wonderfully relevant, don’t you think?

Donna Karlin • Executive and Political Shadow Coach™ • Ottawa, Canada • donnakarlin@abetterperspective.comwww.abetterperspective.com

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Donna Karlin CEC, Diplomate IABMCP and founder and principal of A Better Perspective® & The School of Shadow Coaching, has pioneered the specialized practice of Shadow Coaching® with global political, government, business and senior organizational leaders in the public and private sectors. Donna capitalizes on almost 30 years of experience in coaching, consulting and training to help clients and their organizations evolve into their level of excellence

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