The Deliberate Creator’s Code

So I just finished reading Seth Godin’s post today about the first rule of doing work that matters. (It’s “show up.”)

(Try not to hold his “work hard” message against him – the rest of his stuff is valuable.)

Anyway, the other day I caught one of Dexter’s rules of successful work as a serial killer: 1) don’t get caught.

(I think the other two are “fit in” and “never kill the innocent.” But I could be wrong – I’m rusty on Dexter wisdom.)

In Public Enemies, Johnny Depp as John Dillinger shares these three rules: 1) Don’t work with people you don’t know, 2) Never work with people who are desperate and 3) Stay away from women.

Frank Martin (aka the Transporter) also has a few rules he lives by:

  1. Never change the deal.
  2. No names.
  3. Never open the package.
  4. Never make a promise you can’t keep.

Maybe it’s partly because the Transporter is super cool (not to mention smokin’ hot), but I admit, it’s making me want a set of rules to live by.

Since my whole life is oriented around deliberate creation, I wondered what would the code of a deliberate creator be?

Pretty sure none of the rules mentioned above would translate to the life of a powerful manifester, so I thought I’d ask you …

… if Deliberate Creators had a code to live by, what would it be?

Maybe we each have our own code, just like different transporters and serial killers and thought leaders do. But maybe there’s consensus, too.

What do you think? Got any rules that serve your law of attraction work – or just life in general – really well?

I’d love to hear if so as I’m playing with putting together mine now … and I’ll share the most agreed on favorites back here in the post.

Update: so far our rules list is seeing these repeats in the comments:

  • feel good Β (relax/get happy/laugh)
  • follow your bliss (honor your guidance/do it your way/you make the rules)
  • focus on the party (dial in on appreciation)
  • feelings matter more than results/actions
  • December 22, 2010
  • Jay Fiset says:

    This is interesting as “The Creator’s Code” is the title of my new book, if you are interested in the 12 pillars of the code, check out.

  • Just heard this one today from Lauren Graham in “The Answer Man”:
    Don’t take advice from someone you wouldn’t trade places with
    Try not to do something you can’t take back
    And something is what it is and it’s not something else

  • shakeology cleanse directions says:

    “When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

  • Barak Rosenbloom (TimeNative) says:

    @Anna – lol – thanks!!

  • Barak Rosenbloom (TimeNative) says:

    1. Notice more. Pay attention.
    2. Get curious.
    3. Play, experiment, explore.
    4. Failure is my second favorite outcome–it leads to learning.
    5. When life puts a big “X” in front of you, that means there’s treasure here. Start digging.
    6. If you don’t do the work (or don’t do the right work), you have no right to expect result.
    7. Suffering is entirely unnecessary.

  • Anna says:

    Totally loving your #5, Barak – brilliant!

  • shakeology says:

    “I pull you from your tower, take away your pain. Show you all the beauty you possess, if you only let yourself believe.” ~ Sarah McLachlan

  • Adrienne says:

    Give thanks to the Universe. Gratitude.

  • Janette says:

    Rules? Where we’re going, we don’t need … rules.
    Sorry, got hijacked by Back to the Future for a moment. Heheh.
    Here are my new ones for 2011, just in time:
    1. Get into the vortex and THEN….
    2. Find the better feeling place
    3. Self-love, self-love, self-love
    4. Wait 24 hours before saying “no” to anything!
    Rinse and repeat!

  • Jennie says:

    My favorite lesson that has been repeating on a loop in my head in Ester’s voice came from an Abraham-Hicks YouTube video. Very easy.
    “Release and allow”. Sometimes I breathe in – release, breathe out – allow.

  • Marquina says:

    Hey, Jeannette, I love Nicole’s “Fight Club” list! But since you haven’t seen it recently, I must remind you that rule #1 is: Never talk about Fight Club.
    Rule #2 is: Never talk about Fight Club!
    Now, try reading Nicole’s post again. You’ll laugh even harder now!
    Thanks, Nicole, for the list!
    (I love reading everyone’s comments, by the way, and am taking notes!)

  • Anna says:

    Rule #62 – I LIKE it!
    I have a feeling it’s going to pop out of my mouth before the new year… Thanks!

  • Idan says:

    You can always take rule #62:
    Two politicians sit in a room and talk. Suddenly a man storms in, yelling and pulling his hair. “Eric”, says the politician, “remember rule number 62.” Eric, thinks about this for a second, then apologizes and leaves the room. Half an hour later, a woman bursts in, waving her hands and stomping her feet. “Amanda, remember rule number 62”, says the politician. Amanda thinks about it for a second, turns around and leaves the room as if nothing happened.
    The other politician perplexed by what he just witnessed, tells his colleague, “I have never seen anything like this before, you must tell me what rule number 62 is.” “Rule number 62 is”, replies the politician, “don’t take yourself too seriously”. Impressed, the guest politician asks about the other rules. “There are no other rules, there is only rule number 62”.

  • MissyB says:

    I love all the ones that suggest find your own way…that there are no rules. Love Robert’s too…giggles !
    Looking back at the “need” post, I am inclined to say my rule would be find what works for you and do it. Having thought on though, my rule would be this:
    Find fun and happiness in anything and everything you do – and the rest will surely follow.

  • Anna says:

    tee hee hee
    Robert – you make me giggle
    I’m adopting yours… focus, then don’t focus.
    I love it! And it cracks me up!

  • Nice habit, Diann. I can imagine how much everyone in your world appreciates you for practicing that one.

  • Dian says:

    I live by The Golden rule with heaps of LOVE , and always intend to leave any and all interactions with others in a much higher and better place in consciousness than before the encounter.
    It works magically
    Love Diann

  • Funny, Robert!! πŸ™‚

  • Robert says:

    1- Focus on what you want.
    2- Don’t Focus on…….(I’m not focusing on it.)

  • I’ve got a feeling, Sarah, I would have a very good year living according to THOSE rules!
    Thanks for writing in to contribute! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Klein says:

    Ooh, this is a fun one!
    1. Find the party in everything you do!
    2. Be easy about it
    3. Relax and let it come to you!
    4. Decide what you want (vs. hope/wish/look for it)
    5. Let it go and sing yeeeehaw!

  • Julio Blanco says:

    I like the idea of a code that takes me towards Oneness/alignment, something like:
    Source loves to dance… so jump in and dance too.
    Source loves to laugh… so let the laughs roll.
    Source loves to play… so create and experience in a spirit of play.
    Source loves me and you… so I will too.

  • Julio, that is simply beautiful.

  • Agreed, Nicole! (Fight Club’s hot men & stellar writing)
    I haven’t seen it recently enough to remember the rules, so I’m thrilled you shared them here!
    The #8 made me laugh out loud!! lol
    And your #4 feels like it belongs on my list, too. Sheesh, my list must be getting long by now. whew! But these are SO good!

  • Nicole says:

    Love the lists everyone is coming up with! Seems like a resounding “Relax and Let it Be” theme is resounding through the comments.
    Let’s see if I can come up with a list that sounds like Fight Club (another great movie with hot men, stellar writing and performances!)…hmmmm….:)
    1. You do not talk about what you DON’T want.
    2. You do not TALK about what you DON’T want. (teehee)
    3. Think for yourself.
    4. Act as if all your dreams have came true.
    5. Spread kindness.
    6. Set your intentions and then let them go.
    7. Do whatever you can to feel good.
    8. If this is your first time at the Good Vibe Blog, then you have to comment!

  • All right, Stella, thank for reiterating “feeling good” needs to be there …
    … and the “never explain” is SO going on my personal list!! woot!

  • 1. Do what feels good
    2. Align
    3. Make it happen
    4. Never complain
    5. Never explain

  • Good one, Regina! (Act NOW!) ha
    Actually, that reminds me of a really good idea I had last night that I promised myself I’d start working on first thing this morning. !!
    I particularly like your fourth one. Thanks for reading and especially for posting, Regina.

  • Regina says:

    1. Buy it when you see it, because it won’t be there when you go back.
    2. Balance the checkbook the day the statement comes in.
    3. ALWAYS go the the bathroom before you get in the car.
    4. Live so you won’t ever say “if I had known then what I know now I would have . . . “

  • Okay, so I’m starting to feel these shaping up with a “feel good now” and a “follow the bliss” rule … along with a focus on feelings not results.
    Thank you, BarbaraM and Marielle, for your contributions!

  • MariΓ«lle says:

    1. General tune outside the Vortex
    2. Finetune inside the Vortex
    3. Let the feeling of it be enough
    If you can feel it, it is real.
    The only thing that is real, is the experience.
    Feels good to me! πŸ™‚

  • BarbaraM says:

    Love Yourself, appreciate every aspect of Yourself, make everything to feel good, know that you are worthy just because you are, follow your bliss

  • I sure like them short and simple like that, Annette! And it’s easy to see how much better my life would be if I’d adopt the “be here now” rule of presence.
    Thank you for chiming in with these!

  • Annettie says:

    1. Wake up (to Life, to Yourself, to Love)
    2. Dream Big – in Technicolor
    3. Live your Dream
    And the biggest one for me:
    Be present for the present of the present. Cause there is no other time than Now.

  • Thank you, Lisah!
    And Anna, we learned and lived by your Rule #2 when we went camping. I can sure the wisdom of bringing that to daily life! I’m liking the “never in anger” rule enough to incorporate it as not only don’t make a decision from it but also don’t act from it, too.
    Good ones, you guys – thank you!

  • Anna says:

    And no shoulding on myself!

  • Anna says:

    Smile and say thank you. (instead of protesting when someone does something wonderful for me)
    Leave things better than I found them. (pick up tossed litter, return a stray shopping cart, shovel the neighbor’s sidewalk)
    Compliment the other person. (we both feel happier)
    Don’t make decisions in anger. (never the best solution)
    Never date a guy I meet in a bar. (ahem)
    And, quoting Monty Python: Always look on the bright side of life!

  • Lisah says:

    Find what works for you.

  • Jessica, I appreciate your emphasis on dreaming the dreams not just to make them happen, but purely for the sake of feeling good.

  • Jessica says:

    Hahaha you guys are halarious. I especially like Lisa’s and Ande’s comments. “ignore the shoulds” is a good one too. I would just like to add:
    Dream your dreams. Not because it will bring them towards you, but because it feels good to dream.
    ( some call this visualization, but personally I think that’s differen and less fun)
    Merry Christmas!

  • Ooh, yeah, that could be a tough rule to live by, Marquina! ha ha

  • Marquina says:

    I like Jessica Earl’s comment about including “a rule to change/update rules regularly. Revive/Refresh them to keep your wings free.”
    Case in point: I used to have a rule: Always tell the truth no matter what. As you can imagine, I’ve gotten into some very unsavory situations while sticking to this rule.
    Apparently, there is a saying that “Truth is relative”. I guess this means that sometimes a version of the truth works best and sometimes a lie works best. It’s not always easy to tell which is best at a given moment, sometimes you just have to “feel” your way through depending on your relationship with the person.
    See? I have to tweak my rule! πŸ™‚

  • I KNOW, Jessica! (Surprised me, too!) They just made it look so COOL. lol
    I like your plan to have freedom to change the rules. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Earl says:

    When I saw this in my inbox, I was saying “WHAT??” Jeannette, the rule breaker wants rules?! haha! πŸ˜‰
    I’d have to think longer on this one, but I had to come and share that you caught my attention! I’m thinking that with any rule, is that it starts out with good intentions, or works well as it is intended to work, but eventually fades into something that doesn’t fit, or becomes a jail rather than a foundation. Make sense?
    So, include a rule to change/update rules regularly. Revive/Refresh them to keep your wings free! πŸ™‚

  • You know, Jacqueline, that’s one I consider important enough to do my very best to orient my life to: “follow your bliss.”
    I’m not sure it gets any more important (or effective or rewarding) than THAT.

  • Just two –
    Do as you would be done by.
    and Follow your Bliss.

  • Oh my word, Ande. !!
    I may just copy that whole list for myself!!! Love love LOVE it!!!
    Thank you, Ducky!

  • Jeannette, I’m SO with you on Jason and the Transporter movies. πŸ™‚
    I’m going to share Ducky’s rules, which I’m adopting as my own.
    1. I am always cute.
    2. I deserve whatever I want.
    3. Everything is worth wagging my tail about.
    4. No leashes.

  • You’re making me laugh, Sara!
    I love the irreverence you bring to this topic. πŸ™‚
    Your #2 and #3 really grabbed my attention, too. I’ll be incorporating those, I believe!

  • sara says:

    I dig this because it’s an awesome way to ‘stick it to the man’ by creating my own rules…of course its quite possible I’ll want to ‘stick it myself’ as soon as I make my own – but I’m willing to throw caution to the wind!
    – ignore the “should’s”
    – remember the good you seek is seeking you
    – play in your happy place every day
    – consider that what you give is what you receive (a giggle, a smile, a lending hand, money, freedom, etc., etc.)
    – feed your soul a balanced diet of sorts 3x a day
    Now if only I could figure out how to make my signature song play out loud and on queue whenever I enter a new place, walk down the road, or stand in the grocery line grinning like a goon for no reason I’ll have one more to add πŸ™‚

  • I think that is a wise rule, Marquina. (The coworker one.) lol
    Although when it’s time to break it, that could be fun, too. hee hee

  • Marquina says:

    Woo, hoo, Jason Statham!!! Oh, yes, my friend, I do thank you for sharing the picture here. By the way, “The Italian Job” is my favorite movie – the re-make, of course!
    That being said, check out Leroy Jethro Gibbs on “NCIS” (also played by a hot guy, Mark Harmon – happily married to Pam Dawber, bless his heart!) who also has rules to live by that include Never get involved with a co-worker, and Always carry a knife. (Actually, he’s got lots of rules which he only mentions by number from a list he’s committed to memory – I just can’t remember them…)
    As far as Dexter is concerned, didn’t you just break down his Don’t get caught rule into 2 parts? It’s still the same rule! Tee, hee, hee! πŸ˜€
    I’m gonna go back through and read the comments again, because I think you’re onto a phenomenal idea here: Rules to really live by as our credo instead of a list of things we try to remind ourselves that we SHOULD be doing to stay happy.
    Woo, hoo, Jason Statham! πŸ˜€

  • For some reason, those last two especially are ringing strong bells with me, Julie.
    Hmm … I may be working those in on my personal list …
    Thanks, Julie!

  • Wow, you can’t go wrong with that one, huh, Patty?!
    Thanks for your contribution!

  • Julie B says:

    Woody Allen had a good take … “90% of life is just showing up”….
    So to that I would add:
    Be present
    Be happy
    Don’t worry
    Keep your word
    Laugh as much as possible

  • Patty Lennon says:

    This is not my original quote but loved it when I read it:
    When you are confused which choice to make, make the choice that brings the most love into the world.
    Self-love then love to others from the overflow.

  • You know, Kim, no matter what rule I try thinking up right now that would never have a call for exception, I can’t think of one! So that one seems to fit pretty well.
    Your comment also got me thinking about how many of us probably already have rules we live by, even if we aren’t consciously aware of them. One of might be: “never run out of chocolate.” ha

  • Kim Falconer says:

    Oh I love this, Jeannette.
    We can learn so much about ourselves and what we really believe by the rules we set. I think the nature of a rule is like an adage (or at least it becomes one!) — very simple, short one liners like, Don’t worry; be happy. Or, Follow your bliss . . .
    For me, I’m leaning towards Kreshkali’s take on the matter:
    ‘There are no rules.’

  • Susan, I couldn’t agree more with the wisdom you shared here! Thank you for it.

  • Ryan Biddulph says:

    Wake up. Feel good.
    Continue to do whatever it takes to feel good. Make sure these acts are in alignment with your intent.
    When my energy takes a dive I create low energy situations. It took me years to realize this. Now I know better. I feel good, and celebrate this feeling all day long πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing and have a powerful day Jeannette!

  • Rules in the Key of Life
    Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often.
    Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
    Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
    Your friends love you anyway.
    What you truly desire is the feeling and not the object.

  • Leo, you’re cracking me up!
    And I like it! “I make the rules.”

  • Leo says:

    Rule 1. I make the rules.
    Rule 2. Use rule 1!

  • I could probably sum that up by including SOME type of enjoyment/appreciation every day, whether in the form of hot guys, cute animals, good music, whatever. Although hot guys could certainly deserve their own category of appreciation.

  • PR Girl/Lisa says:

    Is the theme hot guys?? Hehehe ;)Oops! Sorry, I think that’s my theme developing…ha!
    Code of conduct Rule #1: Appreciate hot guys everywhere – and then you will begin to see them everywhere…and they will see you and appreciate you! Hmmmm…I think I like that!

  • I think I see a theme developing .. Thanks for chiming in, Ryan!!

  • Speaking of hot guys – thanks, Stephen!! πŸ™‚

  • Stephen says:

    relax and enjoy the process.

  • Well, it’s not just in Transporter. Jason Statham is hot in EVERYTHING he does. Whew.
    In fact, watching Jason Statham movies may go in my code of conduct rules. lol

  • PR Girl/Lisa says:

    I love this idea! I’m going to work on mine, then I’ll be back to share.
    So…Transporter guy is hot?? Well, I’m going to have to check out that show! Hehe…

  • I suspected the “feel good” rule would be on the list! Thanks for getting this started, Sophie!

  • Sophie says:

    Do what feels good
    Breathe, love yourself, repeat
    Count all the ways things are going well
    Let it go, the Universe has a greater plan that you will be very happy about
    Thanks for asking Jeannette!

  • Me too, Nikki! (Well, a few nights ago.) Russ was missing Dexter so he got the channel added to our package last week and now there’s not just Dexter but Transporter movies, too. he he
    And an excuse to put Jason’s photo on the blog?! Sign me up!
    Seriously, though, I love how some very simple non-negotiable rules helps them stay on track with what matters to them.
    I’m not normally a fan of rules, but I can sure see the appeal.

  • Nikki says:

    Get Happy!!
    Also, I love me some Transporter! Just watched it last night as a matter of fact!

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