Have you ever considered why you do the things you do?
I was giving this some thought during a meeting the other day – yes, I was a little distracted – and it occurred to me that I often do things for the wrong reason.
I think it’s in our nature to want recognition. We want people to see that we are good at what we do, that we have what it takes to succeed. To that end, I think we often do what we do purely for recognition.
I’m guilty of it and I’m sure you are as well. We do and say things; change our public behavior because we want to be seen as someone who is important, someone who matters.
Keeping up with the Jones (or should it be the Kardashians) can lead us down a slippery slope.
Conviction Not Recognition
What if we acted based on our convictions rather than our desire to receive recognition? What would that look like in your world?
When I replay the events of the past week, I can clearly see that in a handful of situations, I focussed on the recognition part and shied away from what I believe in order to belong and be an accepted member of the group. My only savings grace, the specific events we minor and in no way compromised my integrity and who I am.
What concerns me is that for those brief moments I set aside my convictions. I was obviously more preoccupied with what people around me were going to say.
We live in an interesting world and everyday we’ll be faced with decide between our convictions and our desire for recognition and acceptance.
It’s evident to me that there is only one choice … don’t sacrifice your convictions just to belong. Be who you are and you’ll be recognized and celebrated for that in ways you can’t even imagine!
Be well and make it a great day!