Often people feel like victims in life. They think they have no control over what happens to them. But what they don’t think about are all the times they set themselves up to be victims.
Here are some of the typical ways you can be sure to bring on some additional problems for yourself:
Don’t get out of bed when the alarm goes off. Instead, keep pressing the snooze button.
Don’t have a leaky roof fixed.
Don’t follow the washing instructions on a favorite wool sweater.
Don’t register new appliances for the warranty.
Have an important luncheon to attend and wait until the last minute to decide what to wear.
Don’t study for your exam until the night before.
Wait until the deadline before filling out your college applications.
Ignore the gas company’s warning that you haven’t paid your bill.
Overschedule so you run late for every appointment.
Go to exercise class, even though you have a pulled hamstring.
Insist on picking up the tab, when you’re flat broke.
Make coffee every day at the office because you’re the only woman.
Go to a movie that will give you nightmares for months to come.
Fix a big family dinner and then insist that you’ll take care of all the dishes the following morning.
Notice that a friend has burned a hole in your new coat and say, “Oh, it’s OK.”
Agree to a 8 a.m. breakfast appointment with a client who consistently oversleeps.
Share a well-guarded secret with someone who’s a blabbermouth.
Lend $50 to the person who hasn’t paid you the last $50 he owes you.
Let your driver’s license expire.
Don’t pay your personal property tax, so that when it’s time to get your car license, you have to do everything the last day of the month.
Can you think of any other ways that you set yourself up as a victim?
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