The other day I was chatting with one of my team members, Lizette of Content Cafe, and she shared this story with me. Per her permission, she agreed to share as it makes a great post!
It’s a Saturday morning at the end of a crazy-busy week. All my monthly clients posted their orders at the same time, which meant working double-time – not that I mind the virtual high fives and the financial results in my bank account…
I DO love my job, but let’s face it – this girl is bone-tired. Of course, the fact that I’ve been on a week-long break from my new vigorous exercise routine, meant that I have been eating badly (if you call lots of chocolate, pizza and burgers eating badly – Hubby’s been doing the cooking because I’ve been busy…), has probably added to the fatigue. Nice as those foods are, they don’t fuel the body. So when hubby leaves with his dad – who is here for a 3-week visit – and the kids to go watch my boy run the Park Run, it presents the perfect opportunity to make myself a quick breakfast.
The eggs were frying and I grabbed a leftover white bread roll from last night’s burgers from the bag, buttering it liberally, and slapping on a slice of cheese, when I remembered that Monday is back-to-exercise day. At first my mind told me to make this breakfast extra special, but then I started arguing with myself:
Is a white bread roll really so much nicer than my favorite low-GI bread? I don’t even really like bread, so why didn’t I choose the right option?
I know my body prefers the low-GI bread, so I decided to stop listening to my fragmented mind and transferred the cheese to the thin crust of the healthy bread and enjoyed my breakfast with a smile on my dial. Why? Because I did the right thing, even when nobody was watching.
You see, I’m exercising hard to lose some weight, to be more energised, to remain flexible into my old age, to improve mental alertness and to simply feel great. However, those reasons aren’t push factors, they are pull factors. I’m not doing it because I feel I have to, but rather because I want to, for ME, which presents a catch-22. Perhaps if I felt that I had to do it, it wouldn’t be so easy to do the wrong thing.
We can learn a lot from this story. Today, I want to encourage you to do the right thing for YOU, even when nobody is watching, even when it isn’t easy and even when it’s perfectly okay to do the wrong thing.
According to Grant Cohen, contributor on Elite Daily, we do things we know we shouldn’t do because of:
- peer pressure
- misinformation or lack of education
- bad feels good
Rarely do we focus on the benefits of doing the right thing.
Doing what is right for you and the world around you, is one of the most liberating feelings, and it is a powerful step towards making the world a better place. The “right thing” is whatever you feel is right. It’s a gut feeling and it may include:
- eating the right food
- looking for opportunities
- exercising more
- practicing kindness
- and more…
Sometimes, you may feel lazy or you may lack the motivation to do what’s right. However, it helps to look for win-win scenarios to motivate yourself. If you have a good reason for doing something, it makes it much easier to get going and to gain consistency.
Of course, we’re always looking for the pay-off and the good news is that there’s a lot of it with doing the right thing.
Here are 4 Reasons to Do What’s Right:
1. It feels fantastic.
Doing the right thing once feels good, so imagine what you would feel like if you infused your life with those positive feelings by doing the right thing all throughout the day.
2. It raises your self-esteem
When you do what’s right, you send out positive vibes into your world, but also to yourself. The more you do what’s right, the better you feel. You start to see yourself for the awesome individual that you are.
3. You feel more deserving
If you don’t think you deserve the good things in life, you will sabotage yourself (by eating the white roll, for instance). But if you feel that you have been doing the right thing, you know you deserve the good stuff, which means you will be more willing to do more of what’s right, which leads to….
4. You Get Better results!
Doing the right thing helps you to focus on creating a better world, both inside yourself and outside. You will start cutting out the less important aspects and become more focused on those things that are more meaningful.
In life, you get what you give, even if it’s not instant. But it’s worth it in the end.
Please share your examples of doing the right thing (even when it’s hard) in comments below and inspire our readers.