Guest Post by Robbie Farlow
I've known Robbie for about a year at the time of this post. It's been a pleasure seeing his growth and development over the last 12 months. The man is a work horse.
Robbie is a guy that takes his self development seriously, and consistently puts in the work to keep on getting better.
In this post he outlines 9 Rules He Lives By. There are some real gems in here that you can apply to any area of your life.
Before we get to the article, here's a little about Robbie, and where you can find his work.
"Hi, I’m Robbie Farlow
I’m an online fitness coach, writer, uber nerd, gamer, podcast host, but above all I’m awesome. 99% of the way I view life is through the prism of either video games, Star Wars, sports (football and basketball), and of course superheroes.
I believe the Sith are better than the Jedi, the 1993 3 Musketeers movie is one of the best movies ever made, tacos make the world a better place, deadlifts rule, the Dreamcast was one of the best systems ever, Scotch is the superior drink for a man, and when I grow up I want to be Paul Rudd."
Check out Robbie's work at Side Quest Fitness
Enter Robbie, with his 9 Rules to Live By.
1. I Will Read for a Minimum of 30 Minutes a Day
Whether fiction or non-fiction, I will spend at least 30 minutes reading something that adds value to my life and increases knowledge or enjoyment.
2. I Will Not Drink Shitty Coffee
I love coffee and I want to drink something that tastes good. Folgers, Maxwell House, or cheap knock-off brands taste awful. I'd rather not start my day with a bad tasting cup of Joe.
3. There Are No Electronics in the Bedroom
The bedroom is for two things: sleeping and fucking.
Far too many of us now keep phones, laptops, or tablets by our beds and the blue light they emit messes with our brains and causes issues with our sleep cycles.
Plus, how many times have you found yourself still laying in bed checking Facebook an hour after you "woke up?" Or rolled over after sex and checked your phone?
We're already on our phones, myself included, far too much during the day. Leave the bedroom the one place your brain can disconnect and rest.
4. I Will Write for a Minimum of 30 Minutes a Day
Among many of the titles I can claim, I'm a writer. Good writers not only have to read to better their craft, but they most write to better their craft.
I don't have to publish every day. Just write for at least 30 minutes. It doesn't have to involve fitness or nerd stuff either. I can be on whatever I want it to be about. But putting words down is important.
5. I Will Never Let Go of My Inner Child
Whether this is finding time to game, dancing to my favorite song in the living room, pretending to be from Scotland when I check out at the grocery store, or playing a game of tag or dodgeball with friends, I will always let the goofy kid in me come out.
6. I Will Take Action and Not Complain
Every day, I will take a small step towards my goal. I may not accomplish a goal or task in one day, but small wins lead to larger victories.
Complaining solves nothing.
7. I Will Turn Off My Phone at 8PM Every Night
This is time I will spend with my wife or with friends or family. Not with my phone in my hand, but connected to the people I care about the most.
8. I Will Not Drink Caffeine Past 3 PM
Caffeine has a half life of 6-8 hours. Drinking it late in the day can greatly affect your bodies ability to get good, quality sleep. I want to sleep well.
9. I Will Always Work to Be Better, No Matter the Goal
Mediocrity is bullshit. If I want to be the most kick-ass version of myself, I can't settle for "good enough."
I may never be the "best" at a task, but striving to be better is more admirable than sitting by and wishing for it to happen.
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