Take the high road.

To take the high road means to behave in a moral way when other people are not behaving morally. It also means to take the course of action which is safest and most familiar. Take the honest and noble path. When having to choose between doing something dishonest, shameful, or at least disreputable, you choose, instead, to do what’s in keeping with your highest ideals.

When dealing with someone who uses shady tactics against you, instead of trying to respond with equally shady tactics, decide instead to let them take “the low road” and you take “the high road”. This suggests a confidence (or at least a hope) that doing the right thing will turn out all right in the end. But, if it does not, you will have the solace of knowing you kept your principles.

Live your life by your moral code of values. You do not let your emotions overtake your beliefs. This is your strength. This is your power. This is not about the other person or situation. It is about you.

You cannot always be right. When you are wrong, keep in mind that it is not a sign of weakness, misguided, or wishy-washy to retreat from a position when you realize that someone else’s idea might be better.

It actually shows that you are a logical person with the ability to react appropriately to new information. You do not always have a clear picture of all of the variables that influence a situation and therefore being righteous.  

In business and in life, you will not always get the last word in. But, sometimes it is best to take the high road and be professional, show that you are a team player, or avoid a tense situation.

In the end, knowing when to let go is just as important as knowing when to stand your ground. “I am going to take the high road because the low road is so crowded.” – Mia Farrow.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane