The Aesthetics of Doing the Right Thing

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John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

“Never sacrifice what you know is right for what is convenient or expedient. Live the life of a leader — one of values, character, courage and commitment. What you do and what you tolerate in your presence best demonstrates your standards.” — Admiral Eric Olson

Here’s my perspective on why doing the right thing, is always the right thing. It is not always easy to do the right thing. More often than not there’s this battle going on in our own mind saying, “Is that the right thing to do or is this?” Trust me, at times it can be hard to know what the right thing even is. Bad personal experiences, stressful work, projects, classes or business environments make long-term thinking and personal morals a challenge to execute consistently today. Or even at all.

Life comes at us fast.

So fast that it’s natural to react to life experiences by making the choice that is least painful at the moment. By choosing to relieve temporary unbearableness with a decision to get you out of trouble for the moment. At the end of the day, we either do things to avoid pain or gain pleasure, this isn’t rocket science.

But most of the time, the quickest decision is the wrong decision. The easy decision is the wrong decision. The decision that fixes “right now” is the wrong decision.

The fact that you feel forced into the decision makes the odds of you making the right decision even harder. You’re not thinking rationally or straight.

Some of our views of the world are messed up.

It’s biased in a big way. Our minds and bodies are screaming at us to do whatever it takes to relieve the pressure and pain that is squeezing down on us at every moment.

So it’s critical to remember how important making the right decision really is.

“The truth is that what your life becomes is a direct result of all the stressed-out, painful short-term decisions you make day in and day out. Each decision contributes to the results that you will realize one day. You are creating your future.”

If you make the wrong decisions consistently — even small ones — you will end up with results that are embarrassing and expose you to be the fraud that you really were all along. Two great books that explain these concepts are the Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen and The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

If you consistently take the “easy way” and pursue shortcuts in the hope of “getting rich quick”, then you’ll find yourself in a future where you continue to be poor — both mentally and financially.

If you blame others for your mistakes and refuse to take corrective action or learn from bad decisions that you have made in the past, then the results of your life will only be misery and arrogance. Harsh, yes. However, it’s the truth and sometimes the truth hurts.

You will become the person you decide to be.

Which is why doing the right thing is always the right thing to do. Because doing the wrong thing molds you into the type of person that you don’t want to be. And it doesn’t lead to the results and lifestyle you want for yourself or others.

For a few short moments, making the wrong decision feels incredibly right. But that’s a guilty pleasure you will come to regret in the not-too-distant future. Do the right thing.

Yes, it’s tough at times. But a lot easier than living in a world of misery and pain you’ve created with poor choices and short-sighted decisions.

We live in a world today where not enough individuals take into consideration the ramifications of their daily, weekly and monthly actions, which inevitably lead to their yearly results (as we approach the 1/2 way point of 2018). Much bigger and longer term thinking is needed today as opposed to, “What am I going to do this Friday and Saturday night?” Yes, it’s difficult to project 3, 5, 10, 20 or 30 years into the future but it’s necessary when you begin to value time.

It’s easier to just do the right thing. Wouldn’t you agree?

My Very Best,

Donovan Vogel

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Philadelphia based teaching financial literacy | Prospering all other hours | Writer | Lifter | Reader | Traveler | Freedom & Wellness

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