How to be a better person today

January 10, 2018

By Brian Maynor



2018 is off and running, and many people have already moved on from their resolutions.

Whether you made any resolutions for the new year or not, one thing we should always work toward, regardless of the time of year, is being a better person.

We are constantly being bombarded with negativity and it often bleeds over into our lives through our thoughts, actions and even into our mindsets; making it all the more important to make a conscious effort at being a better person.

Here a few ways to help us all improve ourselves along with everyone we come in contact with:

1.   Be kinder.  It doesn’t take much to be a kinder person, no matter how kind you are currently.  It could be a simple as letting someone go ahead of you in line or traffic, or asking your neighbor about their day when you see them outside.  Other ways of being kinder include being more empathetic, paying it forward and being grateful.

2.    Follow our intuition.  We all have a voice inside our head that tries to guide us in the right direction, but when that guidance differs from what the world tells us we should want we tend to ignore it.  Instead of letting the world dictate our decisions, we should follow our intuition more often.  It is a better way of finding happiness.

3.    Be more flexible.  Life happens and plans always change.  Instead of getting frustrated or upset, take a breath and make an effort to just go with the flow.  Sometimes the best things to happen to us don’t happen according to plan.

4.    Be more adventurous.  Life is a series of daily routines, which can make time slip away quickly.  If we want to break a cycle, we need to disrupt it by doing something out of our ordinary.  This means we have to be adventurous.  Luckily adventures come in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s taking a last-minute trip or accepting an invitation we’d normally decline.

5.    Listen more.  It may sound easy, but listening takes practice.  When someone else is talking we have to quite our mind from planning our rebuttal and focus on not only what is being said, but also what isn’t.  This means we may not be able to respond immediately after they stop talking, but when we do it will be more accurate, thoughtful and effective.

6.    Put the phone away.  One of my favorite cocktail napkins says: “I’m having people over to stare at their phones later if you want to come by…” and it’s only funny because it’s true.   We all need to make an effort to spend more time being engaged with our friends, family and loved ones instead of escaping into our phones.

The hope we feel at the beginning of a New Year was reiterated in Oprah’s Golden Globe speech Sunday night.  A new day is on the horizon; so let’s meet it being better than we were the day before.


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About Brian Maynor

Brian Maynor has built a reputation as one of the leading style coaches in the Southeast and is quickly expanding his eponymous company, BRIAN MAYNOR and his FIND, FLATTER & FLAUNT line of image consulting services. A professional with a fresh, upbeat and down-to-earth personality and boundless creative energy, he works frequently with with local celebrities; Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations; modeling agencies; fashion designers; production companies; record labels; media and individuals. A regular contributor to various fashion blogs and online communities, Brian Maynor is one of the most trusted and recognized style experts in the region, utilizing his education and training as a broadcast journalist to serve as a style lecturer, emcee, and commentator for over a decade. He has appeared at fashion shows, expos, and charity fundraisers, as well as events with big brands like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Chico’s and Macy’s. His approach is innovative, creative and fashion-forward, balancing fresh, modern styles with classic pieces to keep one’s look grounded. To learn more, visit