Making tough choices
"We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy." - Aldus Dumbledore
We are constantly faced with choices that force us to decide between what we want and what we know is the right thing to do. It encompasses all areas of our life. In our careers. In our relationships. With our self-care habits. We can all recall some of those choices that did not go our way. In hindsight, we may acknowledge that we knew a lot of those decisions were made against our better judgment. Hopefully, we learned a valuable lesson and moved on. As we get older, we can hopefully apply those lessons learned to make smarter choices more often.
Sometimes we may even struggle with knowing the right thing to do. Sometimes there is no one right answer or one right path. We have to make the best decision with the information we have. We have to ask ourselves if we are in fact being true to ourselves and others. Are we doing what's right or are we doing what's more comfortable or convenient? We may know what the right thing to do is, but we know it involves doing something we may not be comfortable with or see as too much of a challenge.
Making the best choice for us sometimes involves doing things that may take us outside of our comfort zone. Maybe we do not feel comfortable telling a friend or a supervisor how we truly feel regarding an important issue. Maybe we do not fee like we can commit to making long term self-improvements to our mental and/or physical health. Maybe we are scared of doing something completely new, that we know will benefit us, yet we fear the worst instead of expecting the best. If we know the right thing to do in our heart of hearts, it's on us to commit to it.
On the other side of our comfort zone is where we reap the rewards for our courage and commitment to do what is right. We can gain more confidence and live a higher quality of life by having faith in ourselves to do what's right, in favor of giving in to our feelings of uncertainty or complacency. When it comes to making important decisions or commitments, hopefully, what we want is also what we know to be the best option for us. The path of least resistance may feel more comfortable, but often leads us nowhere desirable. By choosing to do what is right over what comes easier, we invite more opportunities for living out the best life available to us.
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