If you are inspired to do something, you just get up and do it.  No one has to remind you, coerce you, or give you an incentive.  Anytime you say you “should” do something, it means it’s not truly important to you, and you will need outside motivation to keep you moving towards it, such as a deadline, a law, an authority figure, or someone you ask to hold you accountable.

If you lose that motivation from the outside, the minute the deadline passes, the law is lifted, or the person is no longer there to hold you accountable, you will likely stop doing what you think you “should” do, and go back to doing what is truly important for you.  If you don’t understand this, then you will constantly feel like a failure and get upset with yourself for not doing what you think you “should” be doing.  A better way to manage your “shoulds” is to either cross them off your list of things “to do” (if you can), or take the time to stack up the multiple personal benefits you will receive for doing what you really don’t want to do, until you see how doing them will.

I’ve found that the more “shoulds” someone has on their “to do” list, the less inspired they are about their life.  Therefore, there is a great value to ask yourself what you want to do, and then go do it.


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