The other day I was taking a walk with Danny (my ever faithful Havanese) and I really took in the look around us. We had an unusual cold snap a few weeks ago and all of our trees dropped their leaves at the same time.
On one hand, it made quite a mess! On the other, we raked them all at once and have not had to rake since.
That got me thinking about entrepreneurs and letting go. More specifically, this entrepreneur (me) and what she is letting go and encouraging others to do too!
It's time to Shed the “Shoulds” In Life!
shed 1 (shd)
– To diffuse or radiate; send forth or impart: shed light.
– To repel without allowing penetration: A duck's feathers shed water.
– To lose by natural process: a snake shedding its skin.
– To rid oneself of (something not wanted or needed): I shed 25 pounds as a result of my new diet.
I'm Choosing Not to “Should” Myself Anymore
Earlier this year, I decided to SHED THE SHOULDS! I'm either going to do something or I'm not.
At that time, I had a number of books that I felt I “should” read but had not. Some of them had been on my bookshelf for years collecting dust! (Note: I'm an avid reader.) So, I sat quietly and really asked myself and listened to my heart.
Why was I not reading X book? Sometimes it was because I was just not interested. Sometimes it was because I was afraid of what I might “need” to do as a result of reading X book. etc. etc. The reasons went on for each book.
After going through that exercise I became really clear on what I was and was not going to read. There were no more “shoulds” only what I was and was not going to do. It was freeing! I gave away many books at that point and the guilt was gone. It hasn't come back.
After that experience, I looked at other areas of my business and my life that I was “shoulding” myself and let those go too.
What “Shoulds” Could You Let Go?
Taking stock of the mental clutter that you put up with on a regular basis and letting it go is a great way to make sure you are starting the next season on a good note.
What things have you been telling yourself you “should” do, but you have not done them?
Your challenge for this week: Shed your shoulds! Make them either a doing or a won't do and then schedule accordingly.
Experience Your Truth!