Distinction Series – Should vs. Must
Distinctions are great logical in-your-face simple understandings that can shift your mind and therefore change who you are. They are simple powerful tools. For the next several weeks, I am going to examine some of my favorite distinctions. Beware!!! Once you understand a distinction, you may never be the same again!!
SHOULD vs. MUST
SHOULD is a depressing word. Guilt hangs out with SHOULD. Wish is a kissing cousin to SHOULD. You really “SHOULD” exercise. I really “SHOULD” start to read. We “SHOULD” see mom more often. SHOULD is an expression of another menace called procrastination – things that I “SHOULD” be doing that I am putting off. SHOULD implies irresponsibility and that there is a good likelihood that what “SHOULD” happen probably won’t. For sure it isn’t happening. It is a failure word. What “SHOULD” take place usually doesn’t take place, but it leaves heaviness and victims around it.
SHOULD is a denial of reality as well. When I think that such and such SHOULD be a certain way, it means that it is NOT that way. I am stating that something SHOULD be what it apparently is not. Until you wake up, face and accept things as they are, you remain dis-empowered to change them. In reality there is no “SHOULD” outside of judgment, there either IS or IS NOT. If you hear the word SHOULD, there is likely a victim somewhere close by. Yuck!!!
Now consider the word MUST. MUST is a word of commitment and declaration. MUST kills procrastination and inactivity. I MUST get in better shape, or you MUST clean up your room. MUST is a word that creates action. MUST says that I can no longer tolerate the current status and will begin to change it now. MUST is an ownership word that declares responsibility and takes action.
So here’s a homework assignment that you MUST do! Identify your biggest SHOULD – and convert it into a MUST. The guilt will dissipate, and you will transform from a depressed victim into an upbeat warrior. Enjoy TAKING ACTION!!
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