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20 Simple Rules for an Amazing Life

By on Jan 13, 2013


You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth. – William W. Purkey

Feeling depleted? Try this: Close your eyes, feel your breath before letting it go. Open your eyes. Touch your skin. Sense its warmth. Smile. Laugh. Just be for a moment.

Repeat as often as you like.

No matter the challenges you face, take this moment and celebrate something stronger than any obstacle in your path – life; your amazing life. Make this your declaration today.

Amazing Life

My life isn’t perfect, but it is amazing. It’s amazing for one simple reason: I’m alive. That’s a reality I don’t take for granted and it’s something that encourages me to appreciate exactly what I have.

For me, an amazing life isn’t measured in possessions or victories and it isn’t determined by what I earn. My amazing life isn’t a goal, it’s a gift.

Sometimes my job gets complicated and my relationships complex. But each night before I close my eyes, I say a silent prayer of gratitude and then I ask for one more day.

When I wake the next morning, I greet the day with excitement, hope and appreciation. My amazing life is waiting.

20 Rules for an amazing life

If you are looking to transform your life from ordinary to remarkable, practice these 20 rules for an amazing life. These rules don’t come with a penalty if not followed; but they do come with a promise.

The promise is simple: Pay attention to what matters most and then watch something amazing happen – a little more peace, love and happiness will be what wakes you up and lays you down everyday:

  1. Say thank you like you mean it.
    When someone helps you, don’t just offer a required “thank you.” Say it like you mean it; say it with feeling.
  2. Change your thoughts to positive ones.
    Practice filtering your thoughts. Identify the negative thoughts and cultivate the positive ones. Positive thoughts lead to positive actions.
  3. Find the desires of the real you.
    Allow yourself the freedom to put aside what others may want for you, and tune into what you want for yourself. Allow your spirit to nudge you to follow the desires of your heart.
  4. Do things that scare you.
    Step out of your comfort zone and welcome new possibilities; welcome growth.
  5. Love every moment.
    Every day is a gift. I’m learning to love each moment. No matter if it’s waiting in line, paying a bill or driving to work, these moments are simply beautiful because each one is perfectly drenched with the sweet reminder that life is here.
  6. Simplify.
    Cut back on work, watch expenses and don’t over commit your time or talent. Do less. Live more.
  7. Do what you love.
    When you do what you love, time seems to stop, your mind becomes sharper and a sense of clarity about your life’s purpose consumes you. Doing what you love is a moment like no other. This is the moment when there’s no other place you would rather be.
  8. Improve your health.
    The mind-body connection is powerful. Look to do good things for your body so your body can do good things for you.
  9. Learn to forgive.
    Forgiveness puts the past where it belongs – in the past. An amazing life begins in the present; in the here and now. By learning to forgive the sins committed against you; along with the ones you have committed, you will be free to live each day without regret, shame or guilt.
  10. Be honest with others and yourself.
    Speak the truth and the truth will find you. Wrapped in the middle of the truth is a wonderful awareness that gives you the power to live confidentially.
  11. Ask for help.
    When life becomes too much, and its amazement feels more like weariness, remember that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of courage – the courage it takes to live an amazing life.
  12. Read.
    Reading brings characters to life, ideas to light and inspiration out of the shadows. Reading opens the incredible world a little wider and invites you to see the amazing things waiting inside.
  13. Be Humble.
    Humility requires you to shift attention away from yourself and onto others. Being humble helps you understand when you focus on the needs of others, your needs will be met in the process.
  14. Define your own meaning of success.
    What does success look like to you? One aspect of an amazing life means choosing who you want to be; what you want to do and how you want to measure progress along the way.
  15. Choose to be good.
    Goodness lives in this world, and in the world after this one. Showing kindness, helping others and keeping your word will not only make living here more peaceful, it will extend that peace into the next world, too.
  16. Give respect.
    Respect yourself. Respect your mind, body and spirit. Nourish yourself with what’s honest and true. Extend that respect to others and life will give you more friendships, strength and amazing love.
  17. Donate your time to help others.
    Share your time to help someone. It can be an encouraging smile, helping with a difficult task or taking time to listen and offer support.
  18. Focus on the present.
    Be present wherever you are. Take in the moment and savor every special nuance and detail of it.
  19. Use your imagination everyday.
    Open your mind. Think about what your amazing life would look like and then use your imagination to help you get there.
  20. Celebrate your mistakes.
    Mistakes point to one thing: You tried. Your life isn’t defined by the mistakes you make; it’s defined by your resolve to keep going; to keep fighting and to keep claiming your amazing life no matter what happens.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Defined Life with a positive metaphore… ”Life is a game” or ”Life is an advanture”

  • StacieCML

    I’m working on #6!

  • Sahand

    Alex you’re an amazing person, I’m happy that I found your website!

    “Your life isn’t defined by the mistakes you make; it’s defined by your resolve to keep going”…

  • Alex, I love your simple statement: my life is not a goal, it’s a gift. I hope to make this my mantra as well!

    • It’s a gift indeed Bobbi! Thanks for stopping by today.