There is a huge difference between doing something because it is right, and doing something because it’ll impress people, or make them like you more, or you were told to do the thing.
The first involves you making a decision without much, if any, external influence. These decisions are based on your own internal compass.
The second involves making decisions which are completely influenced by external factors.
That’s not to say that the second route does not lead to doing the right thing.
Because it does.
But not always.
The first route – where you use your own head, rely on your own judgements, morality, sense of right and wrong, etc etc – that is what really helps you stay on the right path.
Because more often than not the opportunity for doing the right thing comes when no one else is looking.
If your reason for doing the right thing is an external factor, then there’s a possibility that you might not do the right thing if no one’s looking.
But when you are guided by your own internal compass, it won’t matter of anyone is looking or not, you will do the right thing because that’s the right thing to do.
Doing good isn’t about external validation, the good deed is it’s own reward.
Doing the right thing helps us uphold our values and morality, and makes the world a better place.
The next time you have an opportunity to do the right thing, remember this.
And do the right thing even when no one’s looking.