HOW TO BE A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF
1. Be natural
It may not seem like a big deal, but supporting a local cause, donating clothes, or buying from local farmers’ markets or businesses are simple ways you can help your specific region. You may not be able to save the world, but you very well could make a difference in your neck of the woods. Get to know and care about your community.
2. Show kindness always
How much effort does it take to say, “Thank you,” or to hold the elevator door open for someone? Be very polite. Not much at all. However, these acts of kindness can make someone’s day. I decided a few years ago that it doesn’t matter if someone is ultra-rude, condescending, or worse. The way someone else behaves is not going to determine my behavior.
3. Be who you really are
Faking your personality to please people or to fit into something, makes no sense. Be who you really are; These include being able to align yourself with your values and beliefs, establish your identity, build courage, create boundaries, and find focus and direction.
4. Try to change those bad sides
Whether trying a new restaurant, traveling to an unknown part of the world, or doing something that has always scared you, you should always be open to change. This allows you to grow because you experience something new. It helps you be high functioning and self-confident if you are not wary of change.
5. Show respect
How would you feel if you had just cleaned your home and someone came in and tracked mud everywhere? You’d probably be a little ticked that they hadn’t taken off their shoes. Take this mentality and apply it to everyday life. For example, don’t toss your trash or cigarette butts on the floor of public restrooms or sidewalks just because someone else will clean it up. Be respectful of others’ time, thoughts, ideas, lifestyles, feelings, work, and everything else. You don’t have to agree with any of it, but people have a right to their opinions and yours is not necessarily correct.
6. Learn to give
Going to a party this weekend at your friend’s apartment? Make sure you don’t arrive empty-handed. Even if you’ve been assured that there will be plenty of food and drink, bring along a little something to show you appreciate being invited.
7. Be well taught
If you don’t understand why one country is invading another, take the time to educate yourself on the current event. Ask a person intimately connected with the event for his or her thoughts. Remember, we’re all interconnected, and being aware of different cultures, different people, and what their lives are like can make you a better-rounded individual. This will also help you understand points of view different from your own.
8. Give little surprises once in a while
How good does it feel to make someone smile? How do you feel when someone does something good for you all of a sudden? It feels pretty good, right? Surprise your loved ones or co-workers now and then, with a gift, a night out on the town, or by offering help when you know they could use it.
Becoming a better person doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible. Believe in yourself and know that it is possible! NO DOUBTS! You can be whoever you want to be.