Sure, you can compromise on what you have for dinner tonight, what you watch on TV and who does the dishes. But never compromise on what’s important.
And what’s important?
If you compromise on your values then you’re missing the point of being alive.
Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
– Sir Winston Churchill
Churchill used the word ‘never’ six times in the quote above to really drum it in. But he was also pragmatic, so added exceptions.
You define yourself by all your actions, especially those when the pressure is on. So don’t compromise when times are easy, and don’t compromise when times are tough.
If you compromise your values when things get tough then they aren’t really your values.
You’re just pretending they are.