What is the “right” thing to do?

When you do something, is your choice because:

  • it’s what you want for your own gain?
  • it’s what you think others want you to do?
  • it’s what you think will make you look good?
  • it’s what will make others look good?

Or do you consciously make your choice because it’s the “right” thing to do?

A few years ago, a good friend of mine was hired as a finance manager of a large corporation.  He discovered fraudulent behaviour by some higher-ranking colleagues, which had been occurring for several years. He could have turned a blind eye and just kept doing his job.  Instead he provided evidence to the perpetrators and other stakeholders, which created a major mess.  It cost him his job, lots of frustration and legal costs, yet he still claims it was the “right” thing to do.

In working with a group of community leaders who were struggling desperately to save their community, they volunteered hundreds of hours of family and work time to make economic improvements in their community.  Despite their own loss, they said very genuinely, “it was the “right” thing to do.”

Whether you are working for a board of directors, a boss, a group of volunteers, or even within your family, what is the “right” thing to do?

I believe there are two parts to this.

The first is to be consciously aware of the choices that you and I get to make everyday, in our thoughts, words, and actions.  And for every action, there is a result.  Wouldn’t it be cool if we were all totally accountable for the results we get? In other words, no blame.

The second is to be listening for, and aware of those little signals that let us know what is the “right” thing, despite any challenges or repercussions that will occur.  I don’t know what that is for you.  It could be a little twinge in your guts, a feeling in your heart, a few words in your mind, or a picture.

For me, it’s a feeling in my guts and a voice in my head that says, “Do this.”  There is no long dialogue or justifications in my mind, just two short words.  That’s when I know it’s right.

I invite you to consider your choices and determine what is “right” for you in those tough situations.  And then I challenge you to follow those signals, no matter what.

Have fun!

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