6 Mistakes Your Making When You Go Out in Public

Being polite won’t cost you anything, yet when it comes to strangers we may lower the priority beacuse we are “busy” minding our own business. Let me queue you in on a few common courtesies we all may forget from time-to-time when we are out in public.

Sunglasses

If you run into a friend in public or speak to someone at the cash register, it’s polite to take off your sunglasses while speaking to them. People will pay close attention to what you say when they have a clear look at you.

Dress Attire

Yes, if you want to be respected you have to dress like it. Even if you’re picking up a few items at the 95 cent store, people will treat you differently when you aren’t wearing holes in your clothes and bonnets on your head.

The Door

Hold the door open for the person behind you, it’s always polite to hold the door open for the next person. Pass the love along and wait patiently as they pass through.

Elevators, Escalators, and Hallways

Have you ever had an awkward moment trying to walk around somenone but ended up being in a dancing situation? They are funny, but it’s actually proper to walk on the right side of the aisle or hallway (same as driving). Also, to avoid running into someone at the elevator, give space when the door opens. And if you are inside and someone comes in, go ahead and ask what floor they need and ask how their day is going. It’s a great way to avoid the awkward elevator silence (it always creeps me out).

Body Odors

Please don’t share them, for you may smell worse than you think. If you’re coming from the gym and need to pick up some healthy snacks from the store, go ahead and spray some perfume on or shop ahead of time. You may look good, but the smell may be terrible and if you happen to meet someone attractive or have a conversation with someone, don’t be surprised if they are anxious to cut the conversation short. Just play safe and head home or take a shower at the gym.

Cursing

Save the curse words for your private space.

Unfortunately, I am guilty of all of these. But because we all want to be treated with respect, we should respect others. Yet, if someons slam the door in your face or push past you, don’t get mad and let it ruin your day. That person may be going through chronic depression or may have had just received news that a loved one died and trying to figure out if their life is worth living (you never know what people go through). Give without expecting something in return, you may have just made someones day through common courtesy.

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4 Steps to Make 2018 the Best Year of Your Life

Do you see yourself going through the same routine every year? Are you tired of going through the motions and want a positive, yet permanent change this year? Below are four simple steps I’ve discovered how you can make this year the best year of your life.

Treat Yourself

Everything in our world is fast paced. We heat up breakfeast with quick heating microwaves, drive to work in fast cars and drive to pick up fast food for lunch. By the time you get home and settle down for the night, it’s already 11:00 p.m. and you’re already tired from the long day. It’s difficult to squeeze in time for yourself, but if you demand one hour out of your day to take a longer shower, get up and hour early to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or cook a special meal for yourself, you will then value the extra time you cut out of the day that was specifically made for you.

Books

There was a time when I used to loathe reading, but look at me now, writing blogs and reading at least three to five books a year! That’s quite a change from five years ago, sitting in community college bored out of my mind. Now I know that it wasn’t reading I hated, but the type of books I was reading. I used to read fiction, but I learned that I really enjoy reading self-improvement books and books about personal finance and investing. I love the fact that I can learn so much from reading one book and improve my financial gain and not pay but $10 dollars for it. What kind of books do you like to read? Knowledge is power and reading helped me become more confident in myself when handling business and learning how to hold presentations. Pick up a book at the store and read 3 pages a day before bed or in the morning. A positive read can begin or end a great day.

I’m Busy

Have you ever asked someone how they have been and all the response you recieved was, ” Oh i’m fine, just busy” Or ” I’m always busy”. I hear these responses so much, I think the words “I’m busy” is just an automated response we use to make up for common conversation. May I advise you to take a different turn this year and evaluate your busy. What exactly are you busy with? Determine this year to be productive instead of busy. Don’t let life carry you out to sea with anxiety and angst, but be the captain of your own ship and sail to where you want to go.

Closer Friendships

Austin and I are always meeting new people and building new relationships. The main thing that I’ve learned is that people love talking about themselves. When you take an honest interest in the person you are speaking to, they immediatley take interest in you-though at things these can become an endless conversation about themselves. This year, take the conversation with your good friends (or associates) a step closer and talk more about their interests and the things they like to do instead of grumbling about what your co-worker did to you today or who cut in front of you in traffic. No one wants to be around Negative Nelly. A positive approach is always the best approach.

Conclusion

Overall, if you can take the time to value you, appreciate others and start off the day positive, every year can be a great year because you decided that you will start to have great days. But making 2018 to be the best year starts with you. How will you end this year? There is still time to make a change. Be the best you this year and make it the best year of your life!