On Should vs. Must

by Andrea on February 22, 2012

I was watching Oprah the other day.

Yes. I still watch Oprah. She has her own channel now. How do I get my own channel? Would having my own channel come with a personal shopper? That could be cool…

Anyway, I was watching Oprah. And she was interviewing Tony Robbins. I have never heard of this Tony Robbins fellow before, but apparently he’s well known. I have to say I liked the guy. He made me smile. He’s the kind of guy who helps you become a better version of yourself. If you buy one of his books or pay a fortune to attend one of his seminars.

At one point Tony tells Oprah (not a direct quote): Don’t should should should. Turn your ‘shoulds’ into ‘musts’.

As in, I must lose weight instead of I should lose weight.

Or, I must eat healthier instead of  I should eat healthier.

Better yet,  I must exercise more instead of I should exercise more.

For some reason, this resonated with me. Oprah has that effect on me, I suppose. The should-versus-must principle can be applied to all aspects of life, not just losing weight.

I must quit making excuses for myself. I must spend more time with my family. I must find more satisfying employment.

You get the picture.

Musts are a vehicle to help get you where you want to go–where you need to go. It s a way to make something that is important to you mandatory, as opposed to merely optional. I love that.

What’s on your Must List?



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Kat February 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

My block of Post-Its is my “must” in a way. Because when I get into a funk where I don’t “want” to do something, it reinforces why it needs to be a non-negotiable. Even though we have OWN, I can’t say I’ve watched anything on there – considering the fact that I follow Oprah on The Twitter, it’s probably time to make it happen.
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Ameena February 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I always think of things I need to do but when I write them down on a list they suddenly become “musts.” Today I’ve managed to accomplish 3/5 of my musts and it’s only 1:30pm.

I want my own network too. And a stylist and personal trainer to go along with it…
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Shauna February 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Hey, I love Tony Robbins! He’s awesome. I really enjoyed this post, very inspiring. I will keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing. Take care,

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