If you’ve had a checkered past, it’s not always easy to change your ways. If you’ve taken missteps, though, you might want a fresh start. Changing your behavior should set you on a better path.
You might not feel sure how to do that, though. We’ll talk about ways you can change your lifestyle in this article.
Engaging in new behaviors while staying away from old habits can make others see you in a new light. It should also open up some new opportunities.
Stay Away from Bad Influences
Maybe you didn’t know this, but some companies offer free search engines now that you can use to look up someone’s name. You just have to type a person’s first and last name into the search engine, and it will return a lot of information the engine finds by combing through public records. For instance, information.com features a free search engine tool that anyone can easily use.
If someone types your name into that search engine or one like it, they’ll find out about your marital status, criminal background, educational background, etc. You can’t change what you did in the past, but you can modify your behavior if you don’t want to keep adding to a negative record that already exists.
In addition, you can also consider changing your name legally if you want a clean slate. Each state has its own name-change rules, but if you live in California, you’ll be happy to learn that changing your name is pretty simple. All you have to do is file a petition for name change, give name change notice, get the certified copy of your court order, and then change your ID and records.
Staying away from anyone who might tempt you to misbehave can help you in that regard. Maybe you have some childhood friends who you still know and who want to hang out with you. You know these people engage in criminal acts, though, and they’ll likely want you to do the same if you spend time with them.
You can distance yourself from them or tell them you don’t want to engage in criminality. If they don’t respect your wishes, you can cut ties with them altogether.
You Can Go Back to School
You might also change your life for the better when you go back to school. Returning to school indicates that you want to better yourself and get a job that pays more.
You can get a GED if you dropped out of high school. You might re-enroll in school if you dropped out at any level. You can also look into colleges. Maybe you can attend a two-year online course if you can’t afford to try a four-year version.
Engaging in higher education will improve your resume, and it will probably lead to you embarking on a path toward financial success. It shows you want to make positive changes in your life.
Stop Using Drugs
You might use drugs recreationally. That’s a behavior you’ll likely want to stop if you’re trying to turn your life around.
Maybe you live in a state with legalized recreational marijuana. You can smoke it or consume edibles legally there now, but when you do that, it can negatively impact your motivation.
Excess cannabis consumption often saps your energy. If you’re going to do it, you should do so sparingly, just like with alcohol consumption.
Also, if you’re doing any illegal drugs at all, you should stop. When you do, you’re no longer engaging in criminal activities, which can easily derail your life.
Illegal activities like drug purchases, sales, or use put you next to criminals. You might catch a spare bullet in a drug-related robbery if you’re not careful.
Stop Cheating on a Spouse or Significant Other
If you want people to trust you more, you should not cheat on a partner or spouse with whom you’re attempting to have a meaningful relationship. If you tell a person that you’ll stay only with them and you won’t cheat on them if the opportunity presents itself, you should keep your word.
Maybe you saw cheating or knew about it as you grew up. Perhaps you saw that behavior from a parent, a sibling, friends, or other individuals close to you. Maybe you saw negative consequences from those actions, or perhaps not.
More times than not, cheating backfires. It might thrill you at the moment, but it can cause hurt feelings and sometimes break up marriages.
If you want to show the world you’ve turned over a new leaf, you should stick to your wedding vows or avoid cheating if you’re dating someone exclusively. If you’re not happy with that person, let them know, so you two can work on the relationship or break things off. It’s not right to depict yourself as trustworthy but then cheat the first chance you get.