There will be times when you fully believe a decision being made around you is not the right one. You might have ideas which are factually better than the ones being implemented by other people, and you may have a vision which others fail to realize. The lack of being understood in this sense is a painful undergoing. You will not feel heard by those around you and you will not feel trusted.
Placing the Team First
The first thing you should remember is that the people making the decisions around you feel exactly the same way about their vision and ideas as you do about yours. Understand that if you are a part of a team, the team must always be placed first on the list of importance. People making decisions on behalf of a larger group likely understand this fact and believe that the decisions they are making are benefiting the team. Thereby anything that you voice your opinion against can be initially understood as you being selfish and wanting to propagate your ideas for the sake of your own ego.
If your ideas are rejected and your opposition to a decision is not taken seriously, you must not continue to push your vision into reality. Understand that your emphasis on being heard can be mistaken for selfishness, and always give the impression that you are willing to step aside for the sake of the betterment of the team (even though deep down you reject the popular ideas).
Never Assume You Are Not Wrong
Another aspect which not arguing with final decisions saves you from is the possibility of being wrong. Though you may be fully committed to your being ideas being factual and working out in the long run, there is always a possibility to be wrong. When you accept the final decisions of higher authorities, you will then have the opportunity to test your ideas privately inside your mind. See how things play out and see if you were correct in your initial thoughts on the circumstance. Were you right?
Accepting the decisions which you disagree with gives you a chance to train your decision making skills and get better without the embarrassment that comes with all of them being accepted and implemented at face value. You will be wrong in your venture to be a good decision-maker, so prepare to learn. See the odds of your ideas being right and accept the odds of them being wrong.
Voice Once and Do Not Push
The people around you do not need ideas repeated to them over and over. If your idea is rejected, accept the rejection, do your job in implementing the ideas which you disagree with with the goal of helping your team, and take this opportunity to test the correctness of your ideas in private. Voice your ideas once and never keep repeating what you think is right.
Your investment in the future has been made by telling the decision-makers what you think of their plans. If their plans do in fact tend to be wrong as things play out, do not rub it in their face. Do not act with the attitude of, “I told you so,” and simply know for yourself that you were right.
There Are Many Decisions to Be Made
Place your trust in your leadership recognizing that you were right and giving you a bigger say during the next big decision to be made. There will be many decisions to make in your life, and you must help the people around you understand the correct nature of your ideas rather than simply preaching these facts. You are much more likely to be listened to the next time around if you act humble in your ideological victories.