This has got to be one of my favorite topics ever. That being said, this is designed to be a quick yet impactful post :).
In short, musts are things you actually make time for. This includes but not limited to…
-Relationships of all kinds
-Feel free to add to the list any activities that apply to you.
Now on to the shoulds…
-I should start working 4x week
-I should start mealprepping
-I should spend more quality time with my loved ones
-I should reach out to my friends more often
-I should pursue activities that bring me fulfillment more often
-And the list goes on and on…
As you can see there is often an overlap between things you are already doing and the way you “should” be doing them. Remember, this is a very practical post. So how do you make this shift?
As Tony Robbins says, it’s all about raising your standards. Because your standards determine every outcome in your life. Now, this can be a little tricky because raising your standards doesn’t automatically dramatically change your life situation.
Next you need an appropriate strategy that will set you up for the greatest chance of success. Because without the right strategy your resoluteness is equivalent to you being a blind archer (I’m sure there’s one out there somewhere but you catch my drift).
Next you just have to exercise some intelligent and targeted self discipline to convert your new standard into a must. It really is that easy. Now, of course there can be obstacles that step in your path and try to keep you from doing this, but that’s for another time. I just want you to internalize the tenets of positive change from this post.
STANDARD—–>APPROPRIATE STRATEGY—–>HABIT—–>POSITIVE CHANGE 🙂
Next I want to share with you an example from my own life. I’m following the exact formula above.
WATCH LESS TV—–>SIT ON THE CHAIR INSTEAD OF THE COUCH—–>READ INSTEAD OF MINDLESSLY DRIFTING INTO THE TV—–>MORE KNOWLEDGE AND INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
The really cool thing is by consciously changing one habit you can effortlessly improve in other areas. For example, I tend to mindlessly snack when watching tv. This doesn’t happen all the time, but at least 1/2 the time. So by simply choosing a more mindful activity (reading) over the mindless activity (letting the tv eat my soul) I cut out another mindless activity (eating the entire bag of skinny pop popcorn).
Let me know how this goes for you!
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It really is that simple.