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Further, by letting go of this particular rule, Janice began walking each morning with her younger sister. The two had drifted apart in recent years, and Janice wanted to strengthen that relationship.
Here's another example of breaking rules, although a fictional one. In a recent "Seinfeld" episode, character George Costanza discovers if he simply does opposite of what he'd usually do in a given situation, he'll get outcome he desires in that situation.
George goes for a job interview with New York Yankees. When he meets team owner, George tells him what a lousy job he's done managing Yankees. Instead of being polite and professional, as he usually would, George is rude and obnoxious. Naturally, he gets hired.
I don't recommend you follow George's lead . . . not totally anyway. It certainly wouldn't hurt to look at some of your own rules though. Look especially in area(s) where you feel stuck or in a rut.
It might also help to talk it out with someone who's trained to help you find solutions and move forward, such as a coach. As one of my other clients recently told me, "I appreciate your honesty and directness in pointing out things that I've had "blinders" on to."
Ready to break some rules? Go ahead. You can do it. As Thomas Edison said: "hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something." It may be only difference between a life that's so-so and a life that's amazing.
It's Your Life! Make it great.
Michael D. Pollock is a Personal Coach. He works with small business owners to help them build their business without selling themselves or "selling out" on themselves. Visit his website at http://www.michaeldpollock.com. Subscribe to his popular ezine "It's Your Life!" by sending a blank email to ItsYourLife-Subscribe@topica.com.