How to be a better person

After the exhaustion of finals week has passed, you may feel completely relieved or feel the urge to enter a total relaxation mode. It is time for you to kick back and enjoy the sun’s rays beaming down on you, all the while catch­ing up with hometown friends.

You may have a summer job or you may even be enlisted in a few summer classes. What­ever the case may be, you will have more time to yourself, and that means more time to become a better version of yourself. No one is perfect, and there is always a quality you embody that is not up to par with the rest. This summer can be a time to enhance that quality and to develop it into something that you are proud of.

You may ask, “What if I don’t even know what needs working on?” This is valid. Some­times we only think positively and we forget that there are some things that are holding us back. It could be so deeply embedded in how we do our day-to-day activities that we do not even realize that it creates negativity.

I would begin by making a list of your strong points and your weak points. This could refer to your health, knowledge, mental awareness and how you treat your friends, or it can even refer to the strength of your faith.

Once you are finished, have a friend make a list of your positive and negative qualities. Compare and contrast the two, and find three key things you would like to work on.

For instance, I would like to become health­ier, increase my knowledge and increase my faith. You may find yourself in the same boat. You can work on each thing for each month of summer break, or you can work on all three at the same time. Tackling each of these at the same time will be tricky, but I believe it would yield the best results. However, it’s not as easy as just saying you are going to better yourself. You have to actually be in the mind frame that you will achieve your goals.

An easy way to change your psychological state of mind is to keep reminding yourself that you can do it. Don’t be hard on yourself if the going gets tough.

One way to boost your endurance is to write encouraging notes. Buy a pack of sticky notes and write positive and inspirational thoughts that reflect what you would like to tackle for that day. Place those sticky notes wherever you can see them. These locations can be in your car, on your dresser, on your mirror, on the remote con­trol or on the refrigerator.

Write out what you hope to accomplish for that week. You cannot just have one overall goal and be done with it. You have to have small ad­ditional goals that will assist you in achieving the larger goals.

Before you know it, you will begin to see changes. People won’t know what to think when they see a new and improved you. Even if they don’t see the changes right away, you’ll be able to tell the difference and you will feel much bet­ter because of it.

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