Doing the right thing can be one of the toughest things to do. Every single one of us are faced with decisions everyday and it is our responsibility to make sure we choose to do what’s right. One of my favorite quotes comes from Jonathan Kent in the show, “Smallville”, in which he was talking to his son, Clark/Superman and said, “We’re all confronted with trials but the true measure of a man is how he chooses to react in the face of those trials.” Watch below at the 1:26 mark…
We get so caught up in our daily lives that it becomes very tempting to take a shortcut here and there. We think to ourselves, “It would be sooo easy to get away with this.” The temptations can be overwhelming and you feel you have no choice but to take the easy way out. We all do it; I’m as guilty as anyone.
In order to overcome these negative desires, I have created a few questions that I ask myself before making a decision…
1. How will you feel afterward?
When you make a morally wrong decision (or any bad decision, really), you don’t feel good about yourself. It depletes your self-esteem and leads to more bad choices. So I always think about how I will feel about myself after the choice has been made.
2. What would your role model do?
One of my biggest role models has always been my dad and integrity has been one of the biggest things I have learned from him. I remember as a kid watching my dad and it seemed like he always did the right thing (and it still does!). He didn’t just tell me to do the right thing, he would lead by example. He truly walks the walk.
So I try to think about what my dad would do because I know I will always be proud of his decisions. Find a good role model for yourself, one that has character and integrity and will inspire you to do the right thing.
3. Would the hero of your story make that decision?
I read a quote a while back that really inspired me and it said something along the lines of, “What would the hero of your story be doing right now?… Do that.”
When you think of a hero you think of a person who always chooses right from wrong. Well, your life is your story so you get to make yourself the hero! Put yourself in the narrator’s seat and decide that the hero (you) will do the right thing and go out and do it! Become the hero you’ve always been looking for.
These may seem like simple and cheesy questions to ask yourself but they have worked for me and I’m sure I’m not the only person they can work for. I’m no different than you. I struggle everyday with making the right decisions, from those little white lies to studying for classes. We just have to discipline ourselves and become addicted to the amazing feeling that comes with doing the right thing.
I hope this strategy will help you as much as it has helped me. Don’t become overwhelmed in all the decisions you have to make, just take it one at a time and eventually you train yourself to always make the right decision.
You are blessed and highly favored!