One thing that diets, training programs, and meditation all have in common is they lay out a set of rules for you to follow. And this is usually what helps these things build compliance so people actually follow them. In general, we as people like rules, we like things to just tell us what to do. Sometimes it takes too much energy to think about every single little thing. This is where autopilot can help.
This is why people say, "Just tell me what to do!" Ha Ha
Think of it like this. All diets lay out a set of rules. Eat only during this time frame. Eat only these foods. Training programs tell you when and what to train. Mediation tells you to meditate for X amount of minutes. And to meditate a certain way. These are rules to follow in order to execute these protocols.
We can do this on our own too. If you don't like a certain rule or you need a specific one for yourself, just make up your own rules. If you're not sure if this rule will be smart, then look, it's 2018, it's not very hard to ask someone who can help you :)
YOU can actually set the rules that you like and want to follow for yourself. So when you're forced to make a decision, you have rules that have been set for yourself to make the decisions easier. Some examples of some rules could go a little something like this...
Your options are pretty much endless. And the best part is, you can't be mad at the rules because you created them! But having rules is a great way to help keep us pointed in the right direction. If you're not jiving with someone else's rules, make your own that work for you.
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