Unpack your baggage. Deal with your issues so that you don’t bring past hurts and grievances into your present-day relationships. Process this baggage on your own or in therapy and don’t let your past wounds interfere with today’s goals.
Face the truth. Be realistic about yourself, other people and the world. Give up your denial, wishful thinking and hopeful fantasy and see what’s really there. That’s when you become empowered to deal with life most effectively.
Let go. Give up the dysfunctional attitudes, beliefs and habits that are holding you back from being your best self. You may need some professional help to do this but it’ll be totally worth it.
Manage your expectations. Be realistic about what you’re capable of and where your shortcomings lie, and do the same for others. Know your deal-breakers and what you can live with. Most importantly, don’t sweat the small stuff. This will prevent so much disappointment and frustration.
Trust your gut. Your intuition is infinitely more brilliant than your intellect. Listen to your inner voice of wisdom and do what it tells you. It will never steer you wrong.