I recently read a piece on the minimalists that suggested replacing the word should with the word must when performing self introspection. To say that there’s an immediate impact on my perception would be an understatement. When we move from saying should to must, we are moving from a desire to an imperative.
I spend a lot of time thinking about things that I should be doing. That’s not to say that I’m a procrastinator – I attempt to deal with the mundane quickly so that I don’t have to deal with the same thing twice – but rather that I spend a lot of time thinking about large-scale things that I should be doing:
- I should be eating better.
- I should be living a cleaner life.
- I should be loosing weight.
- I should exercise.
- I should be more understanding.
When I shift the words around it becomes much more meaningful. So, starting now, I’m going to focus on things I must do, rather than things I should do.