Turn “Shoulds” into “Musts”!

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Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

I should do my homework now instead of later. I should go to the gym now instead of later. I should get started on that long-term project now instead of later. I should… I should… I should… Guess what?  When we do all this shoulding, all we’re really doing is shoulding all over ourselves. Yuck! Come on… Let’s admit the truth here… We all know that none of those shoulds above are going to get done right now instead of later. We also know that most likely many of those shoulds above won’t ever get done. We’ve all done this, and we’ve all made excuses for not getting the things done that we should. We tend to conveniently forget to do our shoulds, or we just pretend to be too busy with other things…

If we want to be a successful leader then we can no longer speak the word should out loud because it triggers thoughts in our minds that we have plenty of time to do this should thing later. The word should just isn’t a strong enough motivator to get our minds and bodies moving forward on to that road of completion, success, and happiness.

From now on, let’s commit to saying the word must out loud instead of mumbling the word should every time that we need to get something done. If we can do this, then we will no longer be shoulding all over ourselves. From now on we must do our homework now! We must go to the gym now! And we must start that long-term project now because that is the only way we’re ever going to have a superior future to the mediocre present that our shoulding has created for many of us so far!

Now please share with the rest of us how you plan to use Granddaddy’s secret of,  “Turning ‘Shoulds’ into ‘Musts’!”


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

Author of the Granddaddy’s Secrets book series

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