People typically strive to live life to the fullest and to want to develop a healthy perspective, but sometimes they fall short due to the challenges of everyday life. Therefore, people should go through life understanding not to worry about what they cannot control and understanding that life could be great and come with challenges. Everybody processes and reacts to everyday situations differently; but that does not take away from the fact that we all could to learn how to develop effective strategies that help better manage the various issues and situations that people might encounter. The way we respond to our problems and situations could make the difference between making it to another day or barely surviving. Everyday life could take a mental, spiritual, physical and emotional toll on a person, if they let it—we must remain focus and in control!
First example of an everyday problems is texting while driving. This common problem could not be label as a “generational thing” because everybody does it. While some drivers may mumble about his or her wasted time due to other drivers not focusing on the road, pointing fingers as to whoever and whatever or in worst case scenario be involved in a car accident would not contribute to change. These kind of reactions do not make the problem does not go away and in spite of many initiatives, billboards and campaigns promoting “do not text and drive”, everyday drivers are very much at risk of sharing the road with and individual who texts while they drive.
People have two options: (1) complain, have road rage and be bitter for the rest of the day or (2) take action, and must importantly make sure they apply it to themselves first (lead by example). There is not sense on pointing fingers to others if they are not willing to abide by their own advice. Something everybody could do is to become more aware and caring to the fact that they are putting themselves and others in danger. People could get in the habit of placing their phones within arm’s reach in case of an emergency but to limit their use while they driving. Some smartphones have settings to put the phones on “car mode” or “do not disturb” while people travel to and from their destination.
Also, modern vehicles have Bluetooth built in them, which allows drivers to make and receive phone calls without having to take their hands of the wheel. All it takes is a little patience, discipline and self-awareness to make sure drivers can travel to-and-from in a much safer manner.
Second example of an everyday problems is poor time management. This might sound innocent but in reality, it could be a big stress factor on an individual. While it shows lack of discipline, planning and it is highly disliked by employers, it could be easily fixed. Poor time management causes stress in addition to coming across as rude and disrespectful to others. People could mumble about his or her wasted time due to the tardiness of others, point fingers as to whoever and whatever but this does not eradicate the problem. This type problem does not go away and the universal response is typically negative or just not well received.
In order to make strides for a more reliable and better time keeping management, the individual must recognize and take responsibility for their actions. To recognize that this is an area that needs improvement, there is no sense of addressing the issue if they are not willing to take responsibility for it. Analyze, prioritize and then plan (this is key!) Do not procrastinate and expect to function on last minute basis. Get a calendar or planner and take the time to plan ahead and learn to say “NO”. Do not over commit and be open minded. There are many apps for smartphones that cater to time management or planning, and this could work well for somebody who is always on the go or do not wish to carry around a planner. Once a person gets into the habit of doing this over and over it becomes a ritual and then it just becomes second nature, but first they have to accept and commit to change.
Third example of an everyday problems is an unhealthy lifestyle. This realization becomes very popular in the beginning of the year (new year’s resolution) or during summer time (wanting to get beach ready). The fact is that this problem is not gender or age specific, because pretty much everybody experiences either directly or indirectly. Lifestyle, is a way of life used by people, nations and it develops in specific geographical, economic, political, cultural and religious areas. While some people complain about his or her personal appearance and how they feel due to an unhealthy lifestyle; others have much bigger problems such as health or mental issues.
The problem does not go away and in spite of many initiatives, billboards and campaigns promoting a “healthier lifestyle”, everyday people including children are a risk of developing health conditions such as diabetes or having a poor quality of life. As much as people would like to deny it, health and lifestyle go hand-to-hand and in order to maximize both there should be a “healthy balance”. This is a mental and physical issue, as people could experience serious cases of depression, drug addiction, stress and tension. Change could be anywhere, but it needs to start somewhere and there are plenty of resources available to help set-up and support a better life.
There are plenty of life coaches, clinics, support groups and professionals dedicated to helping build a stronger base that could catapult the better version of a person. And because technology is everywhere, it would be very common for people to search for the help they need online and connect virtually with anybody around the world. There is no sense of pointing fingers, yet it could be easier to help others change. All it takes is a little patience, discipline and self-love to make sure they get the quality of life they deserve.
Idea creation and problem solving could be challenging but yet also the opportunity for people to develop grow beyond their limitations. For instance, the scenarios listed above allow people to fail or make mistake, identify them and ponder as to how they can fix it. The scenarios listed above show how people can get fixated in everyday mundane scenarios that they fail to see the surrounding circumstances or the long-term implications. Lesson to learn is to take a step back and taking a look at the bigger picture. To stop, think before diving in, scan your surroundings and reevaluate the situation instead of focusing on the immediate problem at hand.
Personally, I can a testify to lack of judgment, making mistakes and loosing focus. Making the right choices takes discipline, dedication and commitment, and every day is an opportunity for people to re-invent themselves. Change could start with recognition and then writing up a plan of action. Secondly, we cannot be afraid to fail as failure gives us the opportunity to redeem and re-invent ourselves. Finally, we need to learn to trust ourselves and the process because we can do it.