The Three Rules are the basis for working effectively in our line of work – they guide everything that we do. (Frankly, I believe they are a decent way to approach life in general, but I digress…)
The Three Rules are:
- Pay Attention.
- Do Your Best.
- Have Fun.
Pay attention. There’s a world out there – there’s an amazing richness and texture of information constantly available – and we have the ability to process far more of it than we typically do. Without sounding too Zen-like (and rule number one is based in my (mis)perceptions of Zen practice), being open and curious allows one access to far more of the information available in time and space. And the more you pay attention, the more you are aware of and able to take in and synthesize more comprehensive information. Your responses can be more textured; your responses more effective. Paying attention opens up a world of possibilities. There’s so much out there. Pay attention.
Do Your Best
Do your best. Don’t “try”. Don’t ever “try”. “Try” is simply setting yourself up with an excuse in advance. “Well I tried…” No. Do. Do your best. Be respectful of your best, and understand that although doing your best affects the outcome, it does not – cannot – predetermine your level of success. You may “lose” or get an adverse outcome, regardless of your actions. But if you do your best, bring all of the resources that you have available, in this moment, to this moment, then you will sleep peacefully. Or far more peacefully than if you had not. Don’t have any regrets. Do your best.
Have fun. Be playful. Playful sincerity is far more elegant and helpful than a dour, expressionless or “weight of the world” sensibility. And balance having fun with paying attention and doing your best. All three are equally important. First, you must pay attention – so doing gives you the greatest possible range of responses to the world around you. Then, you must do your best – endeavouring with integrity and honesty to be of greatest service. And last, but never least, you must act in a spirit of play – you must have fun. Play brings an elegance, and invokes an openness and a curiosity in others that will result in sympathetic activity. The second-order effects are far more beneficial when your actions are carried out in a spirit of play. Have fun.