How to set personal principles to become the best version of yourself

One of my favourite books is called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I loved everything about the book and it really made me think about what makes me happy. I was also surprised by how little time I had spent considering this previously.

One of the chapters of the book is about setting your own personal commandments which are over-arching principles to try and live your life by. Gretchen gives some tips about how to come up with your commandments and also shares her own.

I think most people live by these principles subconsciously, without ever spending dedicated time considering them. Writing them down really helped me to cement them and have them in my consciousness.

These are my personal principles:

1) Be confident to be Mel

2) Take 100% responsibility for me

3) Take immediate action

4) Take care of myself 

5) Always learn

6) Live for today

7) Think big

8) Have adventures

9) Remember the small things

10) Always ‘make a plan

11) Be nice 

12) Display positive energy

This year, rather than making New Years Resolutions, I am going to focus on living by my personal principles helping me towards my vision of being the best version of myself.

Click here for my review of The Happiness Project.

I’d love to hear if you have any personal principles that you live your life by and what they are in the comments below.

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