I have been just astounded recently by the pressure my teenager daughter 16 is under to drink alcohol.
People keep telling her she is not a normal teenager.
Where do you think this pressure is coming from?
You might be surprised to hear they were all adults. Every time we go out and she just wants coke they make a meal out of it.
Last night she went to her first Christmas work do and came home a little tipsy. I asked her if she liked the bitter Shandy she was still drinking as she got in the car and the nose went up. She threw the remains away when she got home.
The sad thing is she loves coke (equally bad for you) and she does not need alcohol to feel great about herself. However quite innocently after a few drinks apparently an adult was asking come on are sure you don’t want something a bit stronger.
So it got me thinking where does your peer pressure come from?
Like the adult who has had a drink and is trying to persuade another to have a drink, it is not always the right thing for you, just it makes them feel better that you follow their lead.
Now getting drunk might be a slightly easier thing to define, but in business and in families I see this all the time, people saying things like:
I should …. or others say …… it is great to listen to other people’s point of view so long as you can take the point of view on board, reflect and really understand what you would like to have happen and then make an informed decision that is right for you.
One of the things that I have really loved about this year is hearing our clients finish the year saying I am now doing what is right for me.
So many people waste and/or lose money and time because they don’t listen to themselves well enough.
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What difference does knowing that make, if any?
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