Here are seven things I believe in more than anything else.
These seven rules have helped me guide my life, monitor my actions, and let me know what I should do in tricky situations.
I’m sharing these rules with you today because it’s important to me that you know what I stand for. I think that the more we have in common, the more we can connect, and the more we connect, the more we can understand each other.
What follows are my Seven Immutable Laws. You can count on me to stand by them every day, whether in KnitFreedom, in my knitting, or just in everyday life.
1. Never Blame the Other Guy
This rule is all about taking responsibility for your actions, and never letting what you think someone else has done come between you and doing the right thing. This rule has helped me grow and learn when I run into difficult situations. See www.thework.com for my favorite method of turning this awareness back on yourself in the kindest and sweetest way.
2. Making Each Other Happy Makes the World Go Round
This has been an important rule for me when it comes to KnitFreedom. I make you happy, it makes me happy. It couldn’t get simpler than that, and I thank you for it every day.
3. It’s Not About The Money
Have you ever ruined a friendship or working relationship over money? I have. Have you ever felt nervous trying to get a few bucks? Thinking of ways people can help you out? I have. And I’ve learned that no matter what, life isn’t about money. It’s about people, it’s about goodwill, and it’s about putting money aside and making room for things that are real. Thanks to this rule, in any situation where there’s money involved, it’s trust, friendship, and generosity that will always win for me.
4. Be All You Can Be, No More
Life is wonderfully simple when you don’t have to be anyone you’re not. I discovered this rule recently and it’s been one of my greatest gifts. In other words, I say “No” when I need to, and “Yes” when I can. This rule makes it so that I have energy left to live my life when there are more things to do than there are hours in the day.
5. Give to Give (Pass it On)
This rule mostly has to do with goodwill on the Internet. It’s about sharing links, saying thank you, and never hogging resources or customers. Giving credit where credit is due. And most of all, it’s about being free and easy with the things I have when they can benefit someone else. Here’s one thing I can pass along to you right now. The idea for this post came from a great book I’m reading called The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz. If you are an entrepreneur or just creatively solution-minded, give it a read.
6. Don’t Leave Anything Up To Chance
This is one of my favorite rules because it makes life so much easier. In my work, this includes checking links before I send them out in an email, testing new coupon codes in my shopping cart, and always making sure there isn’t something else I can do before I mark a customer email as “done.”
In knitting, this rule means counting my stitches easily and accurately, seeing my row markers and decreases for what they are, and never trying to remember anything I could easily re-count or verify later. In my upcoming video post, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Knitters, I will cover seven easy ways you can leave chance out of it when it comes to your knitting success.
At home, the “don’t-leave-anything-to-chance” rule helps me never, ever spill anything on my computer (“Spill-free since 2003!” That’s my motto).
7. Everyone Deserves Help With Their Knitting
When I started knitting, I spent many nights alone and frustrated because I couldn’t figure out some knitting technique or pattern by myself.
I want something different for you! If you’re stuck on your knitting, contact me here on the blog, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the KnitFreedom Facebook page (for fastest service) to get personal knitting help from me. I will always see what I can do.
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