6. Find Your Passion/hobby. Take up a new hobby or renew your love for an old one. Become a volunteer for a non-profit agency. However never join a club or take a hobby simply to meet other participants. Make sure it is something you truly might enjoy for yourself. Here’s a thought! If you’re an outspoken person and you know it – consider lobbying against certain political policies or laws. There are a number of fulfilling activities out there to get involved in. Not only will these activities bring you joy - they will also make you a much more interesting person to know!
7. Be Open and Honest. Be honest! If you have 3 or 4 unfavorable qualities be honest about them, even joke about them. There are too many people in the world to expect that nobody would accept the real you. Consider online dating where the field is vast.
8. Embrace Monogamy in the Face of Temptation. That’s a hard one, especially for men. Temptation is all around. But just because something is within your reach doesn't mean that it's worth taking. By managing temptation, you will leave yourself free and open for a relationship that is worth having. If a senior person has not learned to manage temptation they are no more mature than a child that can’t resist running for every ice cream truck that passes.
9. Avoid a Hol ier than thou attitude. You are not perfect. No one is. However never use the excuse that you’re not perfect to justify your poor judgment. Not being perfect doesn’t explain not being sensible. Unless you can honestly identify flaws in your own character, at least a couple small ones, you’re likely self-righteous and unrealistic. Some of us have more visible or pronounced flaws than others, but we all have them. And if we spend too much time focusing on what's wrong with someone else, we are wasting valuable time that could be spent working on ourselves.
10. Play the hand life dealt you to the fullest. You can learn a lot about yourself from your childhood environment. Understand that the strengths of the adults of your childhood can also be yours, but their shortcomings don't have to be. Patterns of abuse, infidelity or promiscuity do not have to be passed down through the generations, regardless of the statistics. Our experiences are often our best teachers, whether they taught us what to do or what not to do. If you find yourself engaging in the same self-destructive activities that your parents, guardians, or other poor examples once engaged in, know that with time, determination and perhaps even professional help, you can break the cycle.
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