Shane Parrish discusses how creating personal rules can help individuals better navigate their circumstances, especially when faced with challenging situations. He emphasizes that setting up rules for oneself allows for proactive behavior that aligns with one's goals, without relying heavily on willpower. For example, he mentions a friend who set a personal rule to always order the healthiest option on the menu and abstain from alcohol and dessert when dining out. This rule helped the friend manage his weight effectively. Parrish also shares his own rule of stopping to drink at nine PM during social events after talks, understanding that "nothing good happens after nine." These personal rules act as a system to help maintain control over one's actions and decisions in various situations, especially social ones where pressure and temptations are high[1].

Creating Personal Rules

Shane shares how creating personal rules can help navigate challenging situations without relying solely on willpower. By setting specific guidelines, like choosing the healthiest option on the menu or avoiding dessert, individuals can proactively shape their behavior for success.

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Rules for Better Thinking, How to Reduce Blind Spots, & More | Shane Parrish | The Tim Ferriss Show