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Stop “Shoulding” On Yourself!

Stop “Shoulding” On Yourself!

Positive thinking 101: Don’t “SHOULD” on yourself!  “I should be _____.”
Are you stuck in a rut, boohoo’ing about how you’d like things to change, but never doing anything about it?  You know what you “should” do, but you never quite get around to actually doing it.  Day after day, you remain stuck where you are.  Here are three tips on how to get out of the rut and stop “shoulding” on yourself:
1. Acceptance
First! Accept where you are in life right now.  Accepting it doesn’t mean you are happy with it, or that you won’t work toward future goals.  Accept that all is not perfection, not even you – give yourself a break!  I’ve heard many people say that once they accepted and embraced their current situation, they were able to move on to the next level.
2. Break it on Down!
What are those “shoulds” your keep “shoulding”?  Write them all down in a journal.  Don’t think about it, just write as they come to mind!  Using your list, create a page or pages in your journal with each of those “shoulds” written at the top.  This will be your “Break it On Down” list – this will help you to finally get going!  On these pages, you will write the things you know you must do to make your “should” a reality.  If your “should” is to lose weight, write down all the things you know you’ll need to do to accomplish that goal, i.e. clean eating, exercise, visit a nutritionist, hire a trainer.  Break it on down with as much as you can think of!
3.  Do it!
Repetition forms good habits.  Using the items on your list and your subsequent Break It On Down list, begin to actually do all of the things listed there.  Focus, schedule, commit, and by all means drop kick anything that stands in the way of achieving your goal.  Don’t become intimidated by thinking about how far you’ve got to go to get to where you want to be, or the how’s and the when’s and the negative thoughts in your head– you don’t need to see the whole stairwell to take the first step!  Begin doing the things you want to do and I promise you when you leap, the Universe will provide you with all the tools and influential people you need to accomplish it.  Just. Get. Started.  We make time for the things we really want to do.  Make your list items and yourself a priority.
Evolving, bringing your goals and dreams to fruition and checking off the items on your bucket list takes time and dedication.  There are seven days in a week and someday is not one of them.   Stop “shoulding” around and get to it!

 

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Janice Campbell
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Janice Campbell

Great read once again Janine. I love how you break down how you can actually get to your “Should”. You always have to know where or want to be and to get there you must have a plan and by using these 3 breakdowns they can be achieved. Thanks

LaShanda Pitts
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LaShanda Pitts

Time and dedication! Love it.

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