Live Your Life By One Rule Only

Lifestyle Design One Life Rule

by Brenton Russell on

For the last thirteen years I have been an officer in the Australian Army.  When most people think of the Army they immediately visualise regimented order and blind obedience.  Surprising to some, the Army (particularly the Australian Army) allows and even demands very high levels of initiative and responsibility.  I have also served in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as peace enforcing/peace keeping operations in East Timor. I can tell you that combat zones are anything other than regimented order!

Now that I have left the Army to pursue my new lifestyle design, I realise that while my military career demanded a high level of initiative it was always within military rules and Army cultural norms.

With my new found freedom I am now finding that high levels of initiative within someone else’s rules is only just the first level.  Now I have the freedom to truly set my own agenda and the only rules that I need to follow are my own.

My rules are not a comprehensive written manual that prescribe in detail how I operate as a person.  Nor are they a ‘playbook’ that dictates my next actions in a range of conceivable situations.

My rules are simple.  In fact there is only one:

Let my values guide my thoughts and actions in order to realise my personal vision.

Realising your personal vision means understanding your basic human needs and taking responsibility to meet them. I’m sure you understand what values are but what are basic human needs?  Read my post Design Your Life For Happiness and Fulfillment for more info including a free coaching activity to help you understand your ‘needs criteria.’

So if my one and only rule for life appeals to you, here is what you need to do next:

  1. Subscribe to my free monthly newsletter using the sign up box on the right hand side.  I will send you my recent newsletter containing more info on values and the ‘Understand Your Values’ coaching activity.
  2. Read my post Design Your Life For Happiness and Fulfillment and complete the free ‘Needs Criteria’ coaching activity.
  3. Go and live life by your own set of values to realise your personal vision!

Whose rules are you following?  Maybe its time to live by your own!

The Big Audacious Challenge!

I have recognised that learning to think beyond other people’s rules and limts is something that I really want to develop.  You’d be amazed at how often we let ourselves become constrained by artificial boundaries without even realising it.  So in order to develop myself in this area I am going to announce my first personal Big Audacious Challenge in a post in two days time.

What I can tell you is that it is going to be BIG, really stretch and expand my creativity and help me develop the habit of exploding through preconceived limits!

Stop back in two days time to read about my first Big Audacious Challenge or subscribe via RSS to make sure you don’t miss it!

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Ryan Renfrew @lifestyle design January 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Hey mate,

Its great to see you doing what you love. There is a lot to be said about following you gut feeling and doing what feels right. At the end of the day we are all here to find our purpose in life, and how are we meant to find our purpose if we arnt free to wander and find our oown path. I look forward to finding out what your big audacios challenge is.

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Brenton Russell January 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Hi Ryan,

I have spent a long time honing my critical thinking skills but now I am looking to re-balance and spend more effort on developing my creativity and trusting my instinct. I completely agree with your thoughts on freedom to wander your own path. Although freedom comes with significant responsibility, what could be better than having the courage to completely set your own agenda?


Steve@Internet Lifestyle January 18, 2011 at 1:17 am


You cannot get a better system than letting your own values lead you through life. One thing I think too many people do is simply follow the path of others. Learning from people successes and mistakes is a very important part of success, but you should never simply blindly follow.

A great lesson some great words of wisdom! I look forward to the big unveiling of your plans in the next two days.
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Brenton Russell January 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your well considered thoughts. I agree that too often people follow the accepted path of the many rather than set their own direction. It takes courage to defy ‘conventional wisdom’ and follow your own life compass but the pay off in happiness and fulfillment is hugely worth the effort.


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