Last week, we agreed that sometimes peer pressure is a reflection of our hidden desires. I charged you as a young person to search inwards and be sure that you aren’t subtly placing yourself in situations that bring pressure.
Today, I’ll be teaching you how to come out of it with practical examples.
Here’s how to beat peer pressure, especially if it’s negative:
1. Believe in yourself – In my book Perfect Teens Do Not Exist, I wrote “having a mind of your own is the first step towards resisting peer pressure” I do not believe there are any truer words. It is the confidence and believe in yourself that will prevent you from getting swayed by the words and activities of your friends. You need to fall in love with yourself and believe that you are enough.
2. Set Values – Now that you have found self confidence, the next step is to set values. What are the things you are living by? What are the things you will or won’t do and why? What are benefits of your values? What are the consequences of your values? These will help you decide.
3. Choose Your Friends Wisely: The popular quote, “show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are” is still very much relevant till this day. Seek out people that share the same values and goals with you and you would find that rather than them pressuring you negatively, they’ll pressure you positively.
To read more on beating peer pressure, get my book, Perfect Teens Do Not Exist, it is available on OkadaBooks, Amazon and Barnes&Nobles.