Life brings us all sorts of choices, some small, some life changing. Deciding to join the baseball team may not have the same lasting consequences as drinking and driving.
It’s natural to want to talk to your friends and get their input on the choices you are making, but what do you do when the advice you get conflicts with your own personal values or leaves you feeling uncomfortable? Peer pressure is dangerous when you make decisions that either put you in danger or come into conflict with your own character and values.
What do you do? Here are some suggestions;
· Don’t get your advice from only one person or one group of people. Talk to trusted adults in your life to check out your choices and decisions.
· Test the advice you get against your personal belief system and faith.
· Take time with the big choices, most of the time our decisions can wait, don’t be impulsive.
· If you get into a situation where you feel uncomfortable and pressured to make a decision now, leave. Use a pre-made excuse to get out of the situation and give yourself some time to process.