Break Your Own (Limiting) Rules

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 19:57

NOTICE: This post doesn’t have a featured image prominently displayed at the top in order to entice you to stop by and read what I have to say.


But do you know what my real mistake was? It wasn’t the omission of a simple little graphic. The error was the mental barrier I had created for myself whenever I was inspired enough to write and share my thoughts with with anyone willing to listen. To be clear, my goal was to write. So why was I sweating the extraneous details?

The Rules We Write For Ourselves

Yes, society is full or laws and customs that we all obey, tolerate, or rebel against. But these restrictions pale in comparison to the agreements we make for ourselves. We decide, define, determine, agree, and otherwise choose what is acceptable behavior for ourselves and everyone around us. If we don’t meet our own standards, we can judge ourselves into oblivion… into perpetual inaction caused by fear of not being perfect.


The rules we make are the rules we can break, particularly when they no longer serve us.

Ooops. I’m about to break another one of my rules. I don’t have a clever punchline or a neat and tidy way to wrap up this stream of consciousness before you. I’ll leave you with a cliff hanger promise that there will be more later, without really knowing if I will be able to make good on said promise.

But hey, at least I’m not longer at the mercy of my own (limiting) rules. What about you?

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Quick Stats: Chief Product Officer of DRUD Tech. Author of Winning the Lottery Within. Graduated from MIT in '03 (BS) and '09 (PhD). Life hacker and peak performance enthusiast. This blog is my experiment in creative writing, self-expression, and sharing what I've learned along my journey. For more information, read my full bio here or contact me.