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10 Important Rules to Live by

1. Look after your teeth. Don’t just brush regularly (which is very important, by the way), but get dental work taken care of as soon as it’s needed. Leave it too long and you won’t be in a position to get it done at all. You’ll regret putting yourself in that position, trust me. Nobody feels good about themselves with bad teeth. Or no teeth. And no-one can turn the clock back and have perfect teeth again. Look after them while you can.

2. Breathe deeply. If you think food and water are important, just consider how long you’d last without air! Take a few moments every day to breathe really deeply. If you get the chance, get out in the open air to do it – it makes a real difference.

If you’re taking a walk, breathe deeply and rhythmically in time with your steps. It’s a kind of moving zen that will do more for you than trying to achieve the lotus position, or any other position that you don’t find easy or comfortable.

3. Travel. Not just occasionally. Not just for a holiday. Travel widely and often. It’s a big world out there, and it’s very varied. Lots of interesting places, with fascinating people and cultures. You can learn from all of them.

If you leave it too long, you might not be in a position to travel at all, for one reason or another, and you’ll be left thinking how wrong it was to miss what the world really looks like (as opposed to how it looks on TV). You’ll know that pretty soon you’ll be an ex-citizen of the world and you still haven’t seen much of it at all yet. Grab it while you can.

4. Make realistic goals and reach them. It’s no good reaching for the stars if you’re going to get depressed if you only reach arm’s length above your head. Evaluate your skills and abilities and set goals you can take pride in attaining. Keep striving to excel, but rein in your tendency to try to be the best in the world at everything. Settle for being the best you can be.

5. Be your age. If you’re young, enjoy being young. If you’re older, embrace whatever age you’re at. It’s not a race, or a contest. We all get older (if we’re lucky!), and it’s worth accepting your age gracefully. The alternative is sometimes uncomfortable, and often unsightly.

6. Speak up! Make your point and make sure people can hear you. Be assertive and ready to stand up for yourself, and what you believe. If you don’t act as though you’re important enough to listen to, why should anyone bother?

7. Don’t be negative. If you’re going to give out a message, or a frequency, or whatever (and you are, by the way), make it positive. You have a choice, every minute of the day. Your predominant thoughts determine your frequency. You can be positive or negative, upbeat or miserable, enthusiastic or depressed. Don’t be negative. It’s self-destructive. And don’t be around negative people. It’s contagious.

8. Live every day. Don’t just exist. Weeds do that. And cockroaches. Make an effort to live every day like it’s part of the last year of your life. It just might be. Sooner or later, it will be.

Don’t think about all the things you want to achieve in life – get on with working at them right now, while there’s still time. Just get stuck in, and work at things a little bit at a time. Steady progress is the name of the game. Don’t wait for the ‘right’ time. There isn’t one. The only time is now.

9. Sleep well. People have sleep problems for all kinds of reasons, but most of them boil down to feeling unsettled or unfulfilled. Remember, you need your sleep and it is just as important as food, maybe even more so. Make sure you settle down for a good night’s sleep and just turn off. It’s not difficult. Babies do it all the time, and they sleep like… well, babies! Just close your eyes and give in to sleep (if it helps, pretend you’re a baby again, snuggled up in your crib!).

You’re not missing out on something when you’re asleep, you’re doing something very, very important – giving your brain time to get busy processing and making sense of the day’s events, and mentally recharging your batteries. What could be more important?

10. Improve your memory. There are some things anyone can improve, and memory’s one of them. With some things, sadly, that’s not the case. If you’re not musically inclined, or musically gifted, for example, trying to be a singer or musician won’t make you happy.

Memory is different. We each have a brain, and we can all associate things in a constructive, inventive, imaginative and fun way. That’s the basis of good memory. Anyone can learn it. Work on improving your memory and you’ll be building a stronger future for yourself, in all kinds of areas. You’ll benefit from an improved memory for the rest of your life.

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