Imagine you’re in a situation at work where a group is bad-mouthing another co-worker who isn’t there. It is clearly a toxic discussion but you find yourself agreeing with everything they’re saying. Crystal IS terrible at her job, and she DOESN’T deserve her position, and she DID only get it because her dad is the VP. You’re faced with a decision. Do you join the conversation and blow some steam? Or, do you walk on by? You’ve determined long ago that bad-mouthing somebody behind their backs is not productive. If anything it subconsciously tells the gossipers that you’ll talk behind their backs any chance you get.
Even though it may be tempting to join this discussion, you know it’s the wrong thing to do. You might even feel a sense of pride if you stay out of it because you stayed true to your moral code and held yourself accountable. Things like this will make you more likely to be able to stop any other bad habits you’ve got in the future.
“Start to stop doing what you know to be wrong.” -Jordan Peterson (pg.157)
Rule#6- Set your house in perfect order before you critisize the world