5 Rules I Live By (almost always).

There is no question, achieving your full potential is challenging. It requires time and effort, persistence, and sacrifice. I’ve compiled a list (and some explanations and examples) of 5 things I live by almost always.

1. Above all else, sleep.

This one is self-explanatory, right? But then why is sleep the first thing to disappear? Without it fatigue sets in, your body can’t repair itself and your moods suck. You become too tired to stick to rule 2 and reach for extra coffee and sugar. Decision-making becomes difficult and mistakes creep in. So set a bedtime, turn on a meditation, bin the afternoon coffee, and above all else – sleep.

2. Don’t cheat and skimp on foods that matter

 Contrary to popular belief you need fuel to exercise and fuel to recover. The right foods (and timings) also help balance your moods, promote sleep, and aid in effective decision-making. Be organized, hit those carb and protein numbers, drink water and don’t cheat or skimp on the foods that matter most.

3. Listen to your gut rather than your ego (if in doubt don’t, but be sure where the doubt is coming from).

The small voice in your head sucks. “Do more you’re being weak” or “Do less you’re tired”. The small voice never shuts up. My best advice here is to trust your gut. One of the most significant pieces of advice I ever received was “If in doubt, don't." But be damn sure where the doubt is coming from.

4. Learn to say no (to yourself and others).

Sadness or sacrifice. That’s the two sides of the scale. Sometimes you have to say no to avoid sadness. Saying no empowers your decision-making, gives weight to a goal, and shows yourself that you are 100% invested.

5. Have a plan, but don’t be afraid to get punched in the face.

Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”, and it couldn’t be truer. Even the very best plans can be tossed out the window and sometimes you need to be punched in the face to find a better plan. Don’t be afraid to take the hit and find another way. Or take the hit and come out swinging. A wake-up call can be the defibrillation to your goal that sees you succeed.


July 12, 2023 — Oska Inkster-Baynes

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