How often do you find yourself saying, or thinking, “I should do X?” Several years ago I realized how often I used that phrase, and how powerful were its implications. Where does “should” come from? I wanted to take ownership of my life choices, large and small. “Should’s” weren’t good enough.
Since then, I have successfully purged the word from my vocabulary, both on my lips and in my head. The result? I don’t do anything, or plan to do anything, that isn’t meaningful to me. I get to define how I spend my hours and my days – and my life.
If you’re up for it, here are some of the substitute phrasings you can use to take back control:
- I want to do X.
- X is my best option.
- I prefer to do X.
- I will do X.
- X is on my list of things to do.
- I am considering doing X.
- I will do X by [when].
- Doing X is a priority for me.
- It’s best to do X before doing Y and Z.
- Doing X is an important step to accomplishing Y.
Try it! And let me know how it works.
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