Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

The Power Of Rules - Petty, Petty, Petty Rules


In 2004 a group of seven spoilt and often aggressive British teenagers were sent to a working ranch in Utah called "Turn-About Ranch" to undergo a regime of strict discipline and hard work.

The vast majority of successful Brat Camps are in Utah, a state which takes morality seriously and has strict laws to enforce good behaviour.

The parents of the teenagers were miserable and frightened by the behaviour of their offspring but hoped that their stay in Utah would turn their lives around.

The kids were faced with strict rules like:

? Do not speak until you are spoken to

? Do not lie down during the day time. You may only sit or stand. You must stay awake all day long.

? Do not smoke or drink

? Do not wear jewellery and have only one colour for your hair

? Do not swear or have sex.

? Do not answer back

The ranch is run by cowboys who believe that the best form of therapy is hard work.

One of the cowboys said: "I am no psychologist or Phd. I don't hold a degree in nothing but cowboy. That's it."

They teach the kids the ways of the Wild West and believe that a strict regime of chores, tough rules and harsh punishments can turn bad kids into good kids.

Following the rules starts as the 7 brats arrive at the airport in the strict state of Utah. The kids are told to stay together or they will be handcuffed together.

One of the welcome committee tells them not to laugh at the order to stay together:

"I will give you respect if you give it to me. I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. If you can obey orders you will be fine."

After a week or so, Josh, one of the magnificent seven, comments:

"Some of the most petty, petty, petty rules I've heard of. It really is quite tedious."

They are told to just follow the rules and not question them.

Discipline begins with following the rules of others even if they seem petty but it continues with creating and following one's own rules.

It is no accident that the Brat Camps stress following rules. Rules seem petty and inconvenient and designed to get up your nose but they can be the secret to a happy and joyful life.

Without rules about speed limits, accidents are more likely. Without rules, most games would become meaningless.

Without rules, we are at the mercy of whatever feeling or whim we happen to have. Without rules, life as we know it would not exist. We would be back in the jungle where the only rule is survival.

Even our own rules seem petty when we don't feel like following them. However, our own rules can turn us into powerful people who are capable of controlling our lives.

If we can follow our own rule of going for at least one walk a day even when we don't feel like it, we will be fitter and healthier. If we can follow our own rule of not having sugar with our tea or coffee we will be slimmer and more energetic and so on.

The rules will seem petty but following them with only rare exceptions will mean fast progress and achievement in all parts of our lives.

Like the brats, we need to accept the petty, petty, petty, rules that can transform our lives.

Resource box

John Watson is an award winning teacher and martial arts instructor. He has recently written two books about achieving your goals and dreams. They can both be found on his website http://www.motivationtoday.com along with a daily motivational message.

The title of the first book is "36 Laws To Ignite Your Inner Power And Realize Your Dreams Now!" The book can be found at this URL http://www.motivationtoday.com/36_laws.php

You are welcome to publish the article above in your ezine so long as you do not alter it and keep the resource box as it is.


MORE RESOURCES:

PsychCentral.com (blog)

5 Steps to Increase Motivation
PsychCentral.com (blog)
For many of my clients, they are referring to not having the motivation to perform basic life responsibilities such as paying bills, cleaning the house, making calls, and taking care of their health. When do they get motivated? When they are in the ...



USA TODAY

Netanyahu's real motivation: Column
USA TODAY
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at an exhibit in 2013 showing where Jews were killed in the Holocaust. (Photo: Janek Skarzynski, AFP/Getty Images). 137 CONNECT 3 TWEETLINKEDIN 20 COMMENTEMAILMORE. Just when it seemed that ...

and more »


Davisclipper

In This Together: Motivation from without and from within
Davisclipper
And you just started to think that money might be the only motivation for some. Not doing a good job for the personal satisfaction of it. Not helping someone with whatever it is they needed. Just getting the money. It is motivation. For some, it is a ...



Lincoln Journal Star

Local View: My motivation for seeking leave
Lincoln Journal Star
The Lincoln Journal Star editorial titled “Larrick Should Step Down” (2/23) makes some good points, but is also disappointing. Its theme is doing the “honorable” thing, but the editors never contacted me for my perspective before questioning my honor ...



Detroit Free Press

MSU's Dawson finds motivation in role as father
Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING – Hard work, perspective, maturity — these are the standard reasons given for the basketball player Branden Dawson has become as a Michigan State senior. SpongeBob, crayons, dinners at Applebee's — they deserve some credit, too.

and more »


The motivation equation
Winnipeg Free Press
Are today's employees motivated by a one-time reward or bonus for good work? How long does the pleasant effect of an annual financial bonus last versus recognition in front of one's peers? Then again, are in-kind rewards, such as guest tickets at a ...



Eurosport

WTCC motivation intact, says Honda star Tarquini
Eurosport
He continued: “When everything is right and you are winning the motivation comes easy. But even after a very tough season I was back in the car testing two weeks after the final race and that was very important. Now I want to enjoy, I want to fight, I ...

and more »


Israeli film provides ample 'Motivation' for enjoyment
Worcester Telegram
"Zero Motivation" is a quirky Israeli film about human bliss and misery that starts and ends with a bus ride. In between, it explores the fragile relationships among several female soldiers — as well as between them and their boss. They are all ...



South Florida News Service

Overtown Youth Center students to participate in career-motivation event
South Florida News Service
“Miami is like a mosaic of different parts that through this event, we want to put as many parts together in order to develop the mentality of future generations of the community and motivate students who are about to graduate,” Velez said. “The idea ...

and more »


Where there's a will there's a way: Enhancing motivation
Practical Ethics (blog)
There are at least two way we might understand motivation and, correspondingly, at least two ways in which it could be enhanced. The first we might call intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the psychological mechanism (and accompanying ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.