When someone says: "it wasn't up to me," or "I had no choice," what they are really saying is that they chose what was in front of them and what was easy at the time.
There are lots of reasons we choose the easy wrong over the hard right: convenience, impatience, uncertainty, pessimism, the recency fallacy, doubt, or the feeling of failure. But somehow—as we reflect on our past decisions—we seem to have always known when we were either choosing the easy wrong or the hard right.
Of course, we can't know what choice is right or wrong if we first don't know where we're going.
"From Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, 'Which path shall I follow?' The cat answers, 'That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.' It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. The choices we make determine our destiny." - Thomas S. Monson.
If you know something is hard, but right, don't allow the wrong-but-easy choice to control your actions.
Because pursuing the right is always worth braving the hard.