Too often we worry about how others will react to our actions. Too often we focus on the wrong things.
Whenever you make a decision – life, career, family, politics – we tend to worry more about others reactions than whether or not we made the right call. Making tough choices is always fraught with anxiety, doubt, and sometimes fear. But there is only one way to overcome it: do what’s right.
That seems like a simple premise but it’s hard to actually act on. Many times we are so concerned with the affect our decision may have on others, or the reaction of others, we forget to ask ourselves that simple question: are we doing what’s right?
For those of us with a faith background, we look to teachings of others to guide us to discern what is right. It’s not always black and white but usually your gut can guide you. My philosophy is always to do what is right and deal with the consequences. Sometimes those consequences result in people or groups thinking of you differently. It’s not worth the time or stress to be concerned. If, at the end of the day, you know you did the right thing, you should move on and only look forward.
When we do what is right, the rest takes care of itself.
Now, if only we could accept that.