17 Struggles Only Those With Strong Moral Compass Face Daily

17 Struggles Only Those With Strong Moral Compass Face Daily

Living by your own set of ethical principles can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, especially when the world around you seems so morally murky. You want to do the right thing and stand up for the underdogs, but it seems like everyone and everything is fighting against you all the time. If this sounds like you, you likely have a strong moral compass — and you likely face these struggles pretty much daily.

1. Making Tough Decisions

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Choosing the hard right over the easy wrong is a daily grind. Sticking to honesty and integrity, even when it’s uncomfortable or costs you personally, is tough. But hey, these moments also give you a chance to prove to yourself that you’re walking the talk. Plus, it’s these tough decisions that really show your character.

2. Dealing with Unethical Behavior

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Seeing unethical behavior can feel like a punch to the gut, especially when you can’t do anything about it. It’s like a daily reality check of the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be. That being said, it’s not all bad — your awareness and discomfort are signs that you’re on the right path.

3. Feeling Misunderstood

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Ever feel like you’re on a deserted island because of your ethical stance? It can be lonely, sure, but it also highlights your unique perspective and the courage it takes to stick to it. Keep in mind that being misunderstood sometimes means you’re trailblazing a path other people might follow later. It feels lonely now, but there are other likeminded people out there. Find them!

4. Navigating Moral Dilemmas

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Life loves to throw curveballs, especially in the form of ethical grey areas. It’s like walking a tightrope, trying to align your actions with your values even when the right choice isn’t clear-cut. These dilemmas test your moral compass but also help refine it over time. Trust in your goodness and your gut. It won’t lead you astray.

5. Resisting Peer Pressure

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Standing up to peer pressure, especially when everyone else seems to be on board with something you disagree with, can be tough. But in doing so, you’re showing your commitment to your principles, even when the crowd is against you. It’s these moments that can make you feel most proud of your integrity.

6. Maintaining Personal Relationships

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When your values and those of your friends or loved ones clash, things can get tricky. It’s hard to maintain relationships with people who consistently do things you see as unethical. However, it also shows you the importance of being around people who respect and understand your values. Remember, true friends will respect your boundaries and principles.

7. Balancing Empathy and Justice

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The struggle between showing kindness and holding people accountable for their actions is real. It’s a daily juggling act that proves you’re putting thought and care into every interaction. It’s a challenging balance, but one that can command deep respect from those around you.

8. Facing Criticism for Your Beliefs

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Copping criticism for your beliefs, especially if you’re in the minority, can be tough. But it’s also your chance to stand up for what you believe in and show how strong your convictions are. It’s these moments of challenge that truly define your commitment to your principles.

9. Dealing with Guilt When You Make Mistakes

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Nobody’s perfect, and when you mess up, the guilt can hit hard. These moments can be rough, but they also remind you that you’re human, you’re learning, and you’re growing. Plus, these stumbles are great opportunities to reassess, learn, and come back even stronger.

10. Living in a World That Often Rewards Unethical Behavior

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Seeing dishonesty and corruption get a free pass can be disheartening, but despite the setbacks, you’re staying true to your principles, and that speaks volumes about your resilience and integrity. And who knows? Your example might just inspire other people to do the same.

11. Staying Motivated Despite Setbacks

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When you’re trying to do the right thing and it feels like you’re only hitting walls, staying motivated can be a challenge, but these moments of struggle can also spark resilience and determination. Remember, the most worthwhile paths are often the most challenging ones.

12. Feeling Overwhelmed by the State of the World

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When you’re holding strong ethical principles, the state of the world can sometimes feel overwhelming. But don’t forget, change often starts with a single person. Your actions might just be the ripple that creates a wave.

13. Sticking to Your Principles When No One Is Watching

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It’s one thing to uphold your principles when others are watching, and another when you’re alone. However, your solo actions are your chance to prove to yourself that you’re genuine about your values, not just when there’s an audience. You’re doing things because you truly believe they’re right, not because you think they’ll earn you accolades.

14. Explaining Your Stance to Other People

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Sometimes you’ll need to explain where you’re coming from to other people, and it can be tough when they don’t get it. Know that it’s okay if that’s the case — you don’t need to justify your POV. Also, recognize that these moments are opportunities to articulate your beliefs, and who knows, you might just get them thinking.

15. Feeling the Weight of Responsibility

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Having a strong ethical compass can sometimes feel like a heavy responsibility, but it’s also a sign that you’re someone who cares deeply about doing what’s right. It’s a responsibility, but it’s also a mark of your character.

16. Questioning Your Own Principles

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Self-doubt can creep in, and you might question your own principles. That being said, questioning isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign that you’re open to growth and that you’re committed to refining your understanding of what’s right.

17. Maintaining Hope in the Face of Cynicism

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In a world that can often seem cynical, maintaining hope can sometimes feel like a struggle. But your hope isn’t naive. It’s a testament to your belief in the potential for goodness and change.

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Harper Stanley graduated from Eugene Lang College at The New School in NYC in 2006 with a degree in Media Studies and Literature and Critical Analysis. After graduating, she worked as an editorial assistant at The Atlantic before moving to the UK to work for the London Review of Books.

When she's not waxing poetic about literature, she's writing articles about dating, relationships, and other women's lifestyle topics to help make their lives better. While shocking, she really has somehow managed to avoid joining any social media apps — a fact she's slightly smug about.