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The Ten Laws of Life
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: Ten Stupid Laws Of Life That Can Send You To Prison

Law Number 1.
You either get it or you don't.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: You give or take. What you give comes back many times over. What you take eats its way into you and becomes a cancer in you.

Law Number 2.
You create your own experience.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: You control the result of what comes at you by self-discipline and self-control. You do not create life, only God creates life.

Law Number 3.
People do what works.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: People sin and pay the price.

Law Number 4.
You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: Telling yourself the truth is more than mere acknowledgement. Repentance before Christ is the only way toward real change.

Law Number 5.
Life rewards action.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: Life does not reward. Life moves ahead toward your grave. You determine whether your rewards are from God or Satan.

Law Number 6.
There is no reality: only perception.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: Reality comes from God and does not depend upon whether you perceive it. London is a real place whether you perceive it or not.

Law Number 7.
Life is managed: it is not cured.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: Life is not sick and does not need a cure. The human heart, borne in sin is sick. For the heart sickened by sin, there is a cure. The cure is kneeling at the Cross of Christ in humility, repenting of your sin sickness, and surrendering your life to Him.

Law Number 8.
We teach people how to treat us.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: We do not teach people how to treat us unless we think we are better than they are and then we will be the one getting a lesson in the end. We set up the conditions under which people relate to us. When we come to persons in humility and love most people will respond back in humility and love. Some people will respond with derision. In either case, dealing with people brings with it no guarantee…that is why we trust in Christ.

Law Number 9.
There is power in forgiveness.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: There is no power in forgiveness if you forgive to get the power. If you forgive to get the power, you are not forgiving. If you forgive to get the power, you are only manipulating and trying to pretend or lie your way into a relationship.

Law Number 10.
You have to name it before you can claim it.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: You can name it and claim it but it may belong to someone else. In every instance, it was created by God. For you, it is only going to be loaned because you can't take it with you when you die.

Instead of asking whether the way you are living,
behaving, and thinking is "right," I want you to ask
if the way you are living, behaving and thinking is
working or not working.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: Many people who have made things work for them are incredibly unhappy. Those who always do what is right in the eyes of God are incredibly blessed. The essential question is, "Is your life incredibly blessed?"

I suggest that if what you are choosing is not working,
that by itself tells you that those things are worthy of
change. This ought to make perfect sense -- unless,
of course, you're more concerned about being right
than about being successful.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: Many people who are successful go to prison. Successful robbers, murderers, rapists, thieves, and thugs go to prison. Doing the right thing may not make you successful in the eyes of the world, but it certainly will keep you out of prison, and perhaps, get you into heaven.

You've been right long enough; try being a winner instead.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: You are never right long enough unless you die doing the right thing. The real losers in life are the people who think that winning is the only thing, and who discard doing the right thing in order to win.

Reach, in a strategic way, for something better. You have both the capacity and the right to do so.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
"Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters"
Comment: You have two directions in which to reach…up toward God or down toward Satan. The direction you reach will ultimately determine your destiny.

"After a while comes the Great Awakening."
-- Chuang-tse
Comment: What does one find when they have been awakened? They find that they will die and do not have a life after this one without a faith in Christ. Most often, they just find that when they have awakened they will die and they run very hard to get away from this fact. For in the heart of every sinner is a voice that calls them to reject God, to not believe in God, to spit upon the face of Christ as He carries His Cross. However, there is another voice. A voice that sweetly and tenderly tells them they are loved and if they would but turn to Christ, they can have a hope and a life that will never end.



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