Submitted by Shamelle Perera

shamelle perera is the author of enhance life, a blog offering advice and tips on actionable personal development based on incidental gleanings. you can also follow her on twitter.

Here are Shamelle's "Five Rules For Life":

1.) Your life is a sum of all of your choices. Choose wisely!
If you believe it is a world of choice, you regard your life as a product of your own decisions. If you believe in destiny, you suspect there are greater forces defining your life’s story. Even if we are each part of some great master plan, our unique journey has more personal meaning when we choose it for ourselves. You make many choices every day. Whenever possible, choose the life you want.

2.) Focus on the opportunity not the challenge.
Behind every innovation and solution is a story about someone who said there has to be a better way. I bet Henry Ford was walking behind a horse when he had the idea for his automobile.

3.) Don’t just stand there, take action!
Dreaming will allow us to think of the wonderful possibilities that can happen to us. Yet, a dream is still a dream. We can spend all day long dreaming and wishing things could happen. The bottom line is things won’t happen without us lifting a finger. If you want to change your life experience, be willing to keep taking action in the direction of your goals.

4.) Life is consistently inconsistent - wear a positive outlook.
Much as we'd like each of our days to be calm and trouble-free, there are so many things beyond our control that this just isn't realistic. With all the continued media talk of recession and financial crisis, you can't help but feel a little despondent, concerned, and even depressed. Now, more than ever before, we need lots of positive vibes to lift our spirits so that we can see a way out of the darkness.

5.) Make "someday" happen today.
Somewhere, sometime, "someday" slips into our lives. Some are big things, like getting married, buying a house, finding a new job, starting a business and so on. Others are smaller, but meaningful, things - like learning a new language or how to play an instrument. And still others are those tasks we keep putting off, like organizing paperwork or cleaning out the garage. Stop waiting for that "perfect time" to make your next move. Perfect timing doesn’t exist - it's fictional; you’ll wait forever for it.