Get to it.
- It doesn’t matter whether it will be towards your education, buying your first shares or your first car, just make an investment in something practical. While a twelve dollar salad and two hundred dollar sweater might make a nice Tuesday, above all, making an investment will teach you how to put money aside, saving and being patient for something for a long time ahead, which is an important skill for the rest of your life. You will be grateful to yourself later, if you make your money work for you today.
- Whether finally forgiving your loved ones for being flawed human beings, or realising that you aren’t always right, make peace with family.
- Have a job in the service industry. Working in retail, hospital or any other service role will teach you fundamentally important lessons about working with people effectively. As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
- Learn to say ‘no’ — to yourself. Don’t keep smoking if you’re disgusted by the way you smell the morning after; stop wasting entire days on your couch if you’re going to complain about your weight; start saving money if you are worried about your future.
- Take advantage of health insurance. Get on top of the check ups!
- Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act like a lunatic, lose the bad friend. If you can tell that an element of your life is not making you a better person, it might be time to drop it.
- Claim responsibility not only for the mistakes you made, but for the accidents you had no way of knowing might occur. It takes a big person to admit that their oversight or carelessness caused something, and the first step of righting an accidental wrong is simply being aware of it and doing what you can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
- Research recently discovered that one in three people felt worse after visiting Facebook and more dissatisfied with their lives. Certainly, not every interaction with Facebook is a negative one. But typically, our own experience validates their research. From family happiness to body image to vacation destinations to the amount of photos that appear on someone’s wall, the opportunity for envy presents itself often on social media. Powering-down for a period of time provides opportunity to reset and refocus appreciation and gratitude for the lives we have been given. Disconnect entirely — from social media, from your phone, from technology for some time during every week. Grab a book, hide away in your favourite park or coffee shop, and just be alone with yourself.
- Bow out of a stressful situation gracefully — whether it’s a job you aren’t enjoying, a family function that you don’t feel comfortable at, a toxic relationship that you know is for the worse, or an awkward night at the bar where your friend got too drunk and is now a liability for everyone. You don’t need to burn bridges while still doing what’s in your best interest, which is an important lesson for us all to learn.