NMA’s 15 Rules to Live By

When it comes to food and fitness habits, I don’t think rules are a good thing. Guidelines, sure, but without a little wiggle room, it’s too easy to throw up your hands and give in when your willpower runs dry.

But when it comes to living a meaningful life — and ensuring that my system for managing it works — I find it’s actually easier to be less flexible … and to follow a set of real, actual rules.

In today’s episode, Doug and I share the 15 rules we live by, the firm boundaries that help us live the lives we want and find balance and happiness.

They might not all be for you, but I hope you’ll find a nugget or two to add to your own set of rules for living.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The best reason to make your bed in the mornings
  • How to make gratitude a part of your day
  • One ritual I do first thing, every single morning
  • Hell Yeah! or no
  • “Jazz Hour”?
  • How play changes everything
  • Why I intentionally ignore the news

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  1. Wow – there’a lot of interesting stuff here! I was intending to download this so that I could listen to it a little bit later on in the day, but once I read the overview of it I was so intrigued (especially by why you intentionally ignore the news) that I listened to it right away, and I’m glad I did! Thanks for sharing all of this.

  2. Hi guys! Love this podcast.
    Do you have these rules listed anywhere?? I would love to try some of them.

    Thanks, chopson

  3. Love the podcast it’s informative and fun.
    I listen to the episodes more than once, keep up the good work

  4. I really loved this one! Listened to it before bed last night and again on my run today. I don’t agree with all of them, but will be compiling a list of most of them, with a couple of my own, and putting it on my bedroom door to wake up to every day.

    Thanks Matt and Doug!

    p.s. More of these “rules” podcasts are very welcome 🙂

  5. Hi there,
    Great podcast! Has motivated me to compile a list of my own too!
    By the way, what was the name of the book you liked… Something about “randomness”…. Sorry I didn’t get that…
    Stay cool!

  6. Oh my bad, just saw it as I scrolled back up…. Thanks!

  7. Sounds amusing! 😁

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