Trust Yourself: Arnold Schwarzenegger Six Rules

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Many of us tend to feel insecure.

We doubt that we can achieve the goals we set to ourselves. We feel like hacks. There’s even a thing called impostor syndrome. We listen to others who discourage us. We are afraid to fail.

Don’t do that to yourself! We can do so many things that seem impossible right now.

When you are starting a new business or want to learn a new skill, then, in the beginning, you may feel inadequate.
But don’t worry, you are enough!

Time is on our side.


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Here are the six rules of success from Arnold Schwarzenegger that help you fulfill your dreams.

1. Trust yourself

As Henry Ford said in a famous quote:

If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, You are right ~Henry Ford

You have to believe that you can accomplish the task in front of you. Make sure you muster all the motivation and believe in yourself. It’s helpful to surround yourself with people who believe and encourage you, but you have to believe in you first.

For example, this website has less than 1000 visitors per month, but I know that with enough work I can get that number to more than 500 thousand visitors per month.

My goal will take about 3000 hours of work to get there. Now the only question is if I am willing to put the hours in?

During your journey you will have moments when nothing is working as you expected. You may doubt if you are on the right track.

There will be ups and downs but trust yourself and power though.

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Trust yourself! ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

2. Break some rules

Rules are the guidelines and training wheels of life. There are some that you shouldn’t break in any circumstances. For example, don’t do to others that you don’t want them to do to you. However, there have been rules in all human societies that we now find barbaric.

Slavery for instance.

But there are everyday rules that are just part of the common knowledge accumulated over the millennia. To create change and do things in a better way you have to break some of those rules.

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But don’t break the rules just for the sake of it. Try to understand why the rules were created and then decide what you want to do about it.

Listen to what others have to say and make a decision which of those rules are you going to:

  • use
  • modify
  • ignore

Then do it, and your way will become the new rule.

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Break some rules! ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

3. Don’t be afraid to fail

If you engage in anything that is worth doing, then it’s hard. When it’s hard, you are not going to succeed right away. Depending on the goal you are after the results may be days, months, or even years in the future. The path to your success goes from one learning experience to another.

Don’t aim to fail but move quickly and try different options. When you do this then you will inevitably fail in most things that you try but you will zero in on those methods that work for you.

On your journey, you will win some or learn some.

As Edison put it:

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~ Thomas A. Edison

4. Ignore the nay-sayers

The people who do not believe in you may have the best of intentions. When you go mountain climbing your family might want you to be safe. When you want to become an artist your friends might point out that not many artists have made it in their lifetime.

Then there are the gatekeepers who think that the old ways are the right ways and you shouldn’t break them. Years back when first women entered marathons the where forcibly removed from the track.

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Kathrine Switzer was issued a number through an “oversight” in the entry screening process, and was treated as an interloper when the error was discovered. Race official attempted to physically remove her from the race while shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!”

Find people who support you. They don’t even have to understand what you are doing. Your mom for instance. Get a close circle of friends to support you emotionally and motivate you when going gets though.

Ignore the people who don’t believe in you or maybe even try to hold you back.

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5. Work like hell

Put in the hours!

Whatever you are doing it will take time. The most common reason for not getting to your goals is not working hard enough. Put in a little bit more. Of course, you can’t put in more than 24 hours per day, so try to be more efficient.

Try to improve every day. Take something you did yesterday and do it a bit better today. Step by step improvement may be invisible, but it will lead to great results.

Inconsistency it the main obstacle to success. Make sure you show up every day. You can make your goal a challenge. Give yourself a promise to do something for 30 days or even 100 days in a row.

For example, most of my work is writing and right now writing these words I am on the 803rd day of my writing streak. Do something every single day to get to your goal.

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Work like hell! ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

6. Give something back

Find ways to give something back. Help out wherever you can. You can teach people how to do things that have made you successful. If you want to get away from your works, then perform random acts of kindness that are unrelated to your day job.

Help people in areas where you are an expert. If you are not an expert yet, help any way you can. Just saying a kind word will help other to keep going.

Now make a conscious decision to help someone or participate in a cause regularly.

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Give something back! ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

And here’s another video of Arnold telling you to work your ass off.

Putting it all together

Start working on your goal! Understand that it takes huge amounts of work and time to get there. You will have setbacks and failures. Get back up and get going. Things will probably take longer than you planned for.

Don’t stop!

As with Arnold six rules help you get through. As long as you keep going, your goals will get closer.

Now take a look at Secrets of Success in 8 Words a video by Richard St. John Why do some people succeed? Watch this really insightful 3-minute video about what are the secrets of success.

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Priit Kallas

Founder of I created FixWillpower to help you reach your goals. I have struggled my entire life to be consistent and avoid procrastination. The goal is to have a good life, do the things you love and get your results with minimum effort. FixWillpower website is about how I create motivation and productivity in my life. I write about the tools and techniques, best books, scientific research, and everything else that helps you move faster and stay on track. Minimum effort doesn’t mean slacking off. Minimum effort is about effectiveness and productivity. If there is a way to reach a goal in a shorter time or with less exertion, then you should use that. I will help you be smarter and reach goals faster. About FixWillpower

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  1. Steve says:

    1 Word: AWESOME!!!!

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