The “No-Exceptions Rule”

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
Napoleon Hill

Successful people adhere to the “no exceptions rule” when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once
you make a 100% commitment to something, there are no exceptions. It’s a done deal. Nonnegotiable.
Case closed! Over and out. If I make a 100% commitment to monogamy, that is it. I never have to
think about it again. There are no exceptions no matter what the circumstances. It ends the discussion, closes that door, permits no other possibility. I don’t have to wrestle with that decision every day. It’s already been made. The die has been cast. All the bridges are burned. It makes life easier and simpler and keeps me on focus. It frees up tons of energy that would otherwise be spent internally debating the topic over and over and over, because all the energy I expend on internal conflict is unavailable to use for creating outer achievement.
If you make the 100% commitment to exercise every day for 30 minutes, no matter what, then it is settled. You simply just do it. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling, if you have a 7:00 AM television interview, if it’s raining outside, if you went to bed late last night, if your schedule is full, or if you
simply don’t feel like it. You just do it anyway. It’s like brushing your teeth before you go to bed. You always do it, no matter what. If you find yourself in bed and you have forgotten, you get out of bed and brush them. It doesn’t matter how tired
you are or how late it is. You just do it.

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