And over the course of my life, I have been sent very many teachers and masters to help me accomplish this mission.
But there’s one teacher in particular that I’d like to tell you about. I hold her in high regard as the most brilliant person I’ve ever met.
She came into my life rather unexpectedly to give me very important information regarding my life purpose.
Of all the mind-blowing things that I have learned from her, there is one thing that has been absolutely indispensable to every single aspect of my growth as a person.
This piece of advice is 100% true all the time. In fact, it’s the only truth that I’ve ever come across that has never been wrong.
This truth applies to all situations in life, no matter who you are or what you’re facing.
And if you master this rule, it will grant you amazing relationships, a deep and ever-growing happiness, and true freedom in every sense of the word.
But the truly incredible thing about Life’s #1 Rule is that it can be uttered in just three words.
It’s literally the most simple, but powerful, truth that I have ever heard in my entire life.
And if you’re still reading, then you’re probably pretty eager to hear what this profound truth is.
But I’d like to do something different. Instead of telling you about this rule myself, I want her to give it to you.
I actually interviewed her about Life’s #1 Rule so that she could tell you directly, in her own words.
So, here’s the interview…I strongly encourage you to read her words carefully, comrade…
Q: So, who the heck are you?
A: Who am I? I dunno. I guess I’m someone you want to have around in a crisis. My purpose is to fix things. I can fix most things I tackle, and I have a really, really high IQ.
Q: What is life’s number one rule?
A: Don’t freak out.
Q: What do you mean by “freak out”?
A: I mean allowing yourself to respond to situations in a way that makes you think that the situation itself caused you to behave that way, rather than making an intelligent choice on the most productive way you could act in that given moment.
Q: What’s so important about this rule?
A: In every situation possible, freaking out will invariably make things worse for you.
Q: What makes this rule different from all other things that a person could do to make things worse for themselves?
A: Anything a person can do to mess up their lives will be a result of freaking out. You can’t control what situations you’re faced with, but a calm and calculated decision will always benefit you in the long run.
Q: Why do you say it’s the #1 rule?
A: Because I can’t think of anything that’s more universally beneficial to the course a person’s life takes.
In all of the disasters I’ve seen that continue to be disasters, it’s because of people freaking out.
Every crisis that’s ever been averted is because of people using their brains and coming up with a better solution than shrieking, shaking sticks, and throwing feces at the object of fear.
Q: How does one not freak out?
A: You can start by identifying situations that have a high probability of causing you to decide to freak out.
Almost always, if you feel like you need to ACT RIGHT NOW, then you probably shouldn’t. In the vast majority of cases, you don’t need to react instantly.
When something happens to you, take a moment and consider how another person in the same situation would act if they were freaking out.
What would it look like? How would a person act if they were overcome by anger or fear?
Then, don’t do that. Stay calm and think it through.
Q: Do you think adopting the mindset of EFM can help you to follow Life’s #1 Rule?
A: Of course.
Q: How so?
A: Well they’re practically saying the same thing. If something happens and you have extreme faith, then you’re not going to freak out about it.
Q: Could you give my readers a 3-step process for upholding this amazing rule?
- Consider what you want to have happen.
- Ask yourself what you can do to in order to have the highest possibility of achieving what you want, in the best way possible.
If it’s something that requires your instant reaction, then relax into the question itself, so that you can tap into the essence of wisdom that knows what you should do.
But if you have more time than that, ask yourself first what you want to have happen. Then figure out what the best course of action would be to achieve that outcome.
Q: Do you ever freak out?
A: Yes, absolutely I do.
Q: Do you have anything else to add that can help people to not freak out in their own lives?
A: Don’t let your circumstances dictate your responses to things. Never let your situation manipulate your behavior.
Instead, consider what you want to have happen in any given situation and then try to figure out the best way to achieve that end result.
Q: Anything else?
A: Not freaking out is something that doesn’t come naturally to humans. Babies freak out about everything.
If you want to follow Life’s #1 Rule, then you’ll have to practice…a lot! Don’t freak out if and when you do end up freaking out.
Oh, and I’d like to point out that pretending everything is okay is an insidious form of freaking out. It’s another way of being overwhelmed by a situation and just haphazardly doing stuff, or in this case not doing stuff.
Q: Is it okay if people reach out to you with further questions about Life’s #1 Rule?
A: Sure, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org