Some call it moral intelligence, others social responsibility, vigilance or even simple courage, but most everyone agrees that standing up for what s right is the honorable and just thing to do. It s what this country was founded on, after all, and in this country we instill the value of standing up for our beliefs in our children, our workplaces and even on the street.
Yet, standing up for what s right is not always easy. There will likely come a time in your life, or perhaps there already has, when you will witness a wrongdoing or be pressured to do the wrong thing, and will have to make a choice. Stand up for what s right and risk judgment, persecution, or embarrassment to do the right thing or keep your mouth shut.
This is something we teach our children to do daily. We expect them to never give in to peer pressure ( If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?) and instead to stand up for what s right. But as difficult as this may seem as children, it can be numerous times harder as adults.
By this time in our lives, we ve witnessed how the world works. How someone who stands out from the crowd can be revered or belittled, praised or demoted in the blink of an eye. Still, deep down we know that upon witnessing a crime, seeing underhanded dealings at work or coming across someone in need of help we should do the right thing we should stand up for what s right.
So why don t we? The main driving force that keeps up from doing the right thing is fear. Fear that we could get in trouble, of causing problems for ourselves, of overstepping our bounds or disturbing the status quo.
Fear is the biggest obstacle to our being willing to stand up for what is right,says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates.
You can, however, learn how to release this fear and naturally find the courage to stand up for what s right in any situation. The Sedona Method is a unique system that can show you how to easily let go of fear, anxiety and other negative feelings, no matter what the situation.
When you recognize that fear is just a feeling and you let it go,Dwoskin says,you become naturally fearless. Then you will safely act from a place of integrity and do what is best for your own and others highest good.