Do you have a nasty case of the "shoulds"? Common symptoms include feeling guilty, self-critical, judgmental, and unmotivated.
But wait! There is a cure.
Bring awareness to how many times you say that you "should" do something. It's important to get this word out of our vocabulary because it sends mixed messages to the brain, leaving us feeling criticized, unmotivated, and powerless.
Here's an example: Person A says, "I really should eat more vegetables." Person B says, "I will eat more vegetables." Which person do you think will actually eat more vegetables?
Right! Person B. Because the clear thought will be attached to action and the brain will get on board with the intention. Easy!
Person A's thought is wishy-washy because they haven't DECIDED to eat more vegetables yet so there's no clear message to take any action which results in NOT eating more vegetables but feeling GUILTY about it. And we all know guilt is a completely wasted emotion so let's try to avoid that.
So when you find yourself having a case of the "shoulds," do the following:
1. High-five yourself for catching yourself in the act!
2. Ask yourself if you actually intend to do the thing you feel "should" be done and WHY.
3. Reframe the sentence to a powerful "I will" statement.
4. Smile at your amazing self and know you are growing and getting even closer to your goals!
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