Of course, ‘the right thing’ is up for the choosing, given that everyone’s beliefs on what is actually right differs, but that’s why having guidance in life is so important. 5 important life questions that will help push you in the right direction are:
- What drives you to become a better person?
- What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
- What do you want to be known for?
- What are you doing today that impacts other people?
- Are you living your ideal life?
Your answers are important here because they allow you to see who you are and who you want to become if your dreams aren’t currently meeting your reality. If you’re doing the right thing, then you loved the fact that you could answer those questions with confidence and satisfaction. But, if you aren’t doing right in the areas you want to be winning in, the result is a bit different, but the good news is that you’re only one step away from changing for the better.
So, if you need any more reasons to do the right thing, here are three:
1. You get back what you give.
Everything comes back around. Even if your actions are seemingly small, doing the right thing compounds over time, and doing the wrong thing does the same. Don’t ever forget this rule of life: good people finish first in the long run.
2. Research will tell you what you need to do.
I’ve said this before, but researching those who ended up with the results that you want for yourself is a great place to start. Once you find those people who you want to emulate, you can then go backwards from there. Too many times people see the end result of a successful person and wonder how they made it to where they’re at today, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll likely see that it was patience, hard work, perseverance, grit, and doing the right thing that got them there.
3. Doing the right thing is always better than a slap.
I remember reading Maneesh Sethi’s article for the first time about how he hired a girl on Craigslist to slap him in the face every time he used Facebook, and thinking that it was an interesting experiment at the very least. In his situation, the wrong thing at that time was Facebook because it was keeping him from being more productive, whereas the right thing was finishing the article he was working on. Of course, he goes on to say that his productivity was due to the slapper making the process more fun and social, but the consequence of not completing the work is still real.
You see, the result of doing the right thing versus the wrong thing at any given time is a very important aspect to focus on. There is always a consequence to our actions, good or bad, and it is our choices that bring results. I’ll leave you with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:
One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”