We all need rules to live by. It’s our philosophies that give us an understanding of the world and how we can survive in it.
But if you’re still stumped on how to play the game of life, here are 8 life rules for success that you can follow.
1. Under-promise and over-deliver
It is always better to exceed expectations than not meet them in the first place. People are also often pleased when you end up doing more than expected.
When you agree to complete a task, promise that you’ll get the bare minimum done. But work to make it the best it can be.
Maturity is the ability to harness your abilities and your energies and do more than is expected. The mature person refuses to settle for mediocrity. He/she would rather aim high and miss the mark than low-and make it.” –Ann Landers
2. If you’re going to do something, do it right
Use this rule for every decision you make. It will set your general outlook on the work you put out. When you accept an opportunity, aim to do it better than anyone else can.
If you don’t think something’s your forte, maybe it might be better to decline the opportunity altogether. Strive to be proud of what you produce.
3. Embrace change
We all change tremendously as we mature. It’s only natural. Change is a good thing but often not the easiest path to go down.
Many of us get uncomfortable when reaching a big crossroad and are likely to go down the more familiar path.
However, you need to understand that staying the same person is not a good thing. How will you ever become wiser as you age? Embrace the fears and discomfort of change and reap the benefits of your newfound joys in life.
4. Live for yourself, not to please others
If you’re going to spend time worrying about pleasing those around you, you’re wasting time that could be used to work on yourself.
As selfish as it sounds, prioritizing your own needs is necessary to be happy.
This doesn’t mean you don’t put any concern into how you affect others, but you need to find a balance. Work on being considerate and kind while also working on progressing yourself.
Life is too short to worry about how everyone else’s is going.
5. Be smart with your money
This might seem like an obvious one, but it needs to be said. Too many people spend above their means in the pursuit of trying to look richer than they really are.
But here’s the thing: rich people get rich without caring about whether or not people believe they’re rich. If you have dreams of owning a Lamborghini or mansion someday, make an actual effort to get there.
Only treat yourself with expensive goods when your bank account allows it.
6. Be optimistic
Nobody likes a Negative Nancy. They’re not the most pleasant to be around. But besides being a frustration to people around you, you’re also indirectly frustrating yourself.
If you have nothing but pessimistic negative thoughts running through your mind, much of those might actually come true. You’d be surprised by how much better life gets with just a simple change is perspective.
7. Never stop learning
We should never leave behind the curiosity we had as children. Knowledge is vast and it’s important you spend your life earning as much of it as you can.
Always aim to be a lifelong learner. It’ll benefit both your professional and personal life.
8. Don’t complain
When you’re faced with a problem, you have the option to either fix or deal with it.
Complaining is not a third option. Nobody likes being around a complainer so it’s best to make the best of any situation you’re in.
Don’t play the victim card and fall prey to all of life’s challenges.