We have all made bad choices at one time or another. That’s life. However, when you make bad choices on a regular, ongoing basis, you need to take the time to find out why you keep going down that road. If you are able to admit that you made a bad choice, then review your actions and determine why you made that choice.
Remember, a bad choice means you have the opportunity to make a different choice. And don’t try that “the Devil make me do it” excuse. Any time you can make an excuse for your behavior or action, you can keep doing it.
When you stop, sit down, analyze your action, and say “never again”, you are beginning to make the turn that will take you off that road. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if you commit yourself to change. There are some decisions you need to make BEFORE you leave home. Below are a few “advance”decisions that can keep you out of trouble:
- Respect authority and the rights of others
- Don’t go along to get along
- Don’t allow someone else to think for you
- When you mess up, fess up (to yourself) and don’t do it again
- Hang out with people that help make you a better person
- When you see trouble coming, turn and go the other way. If it follows you, run. After all, it’s better to have someone say “there he goes” than to have someone say, “there he lays, or he’s in prison.”