I don’t know if you have an inner monologue like I do, but I am constantly talking to myself. I am always processing the world around me and talk to myself while I do it. I make jokes, lists of things to do, mental notes about what I see and experience. One thing I’ve been trying to do more, is listen to that inner monologue.
Specifically I try to listen when I say the word should. I say should a lot.
I should do this, or do that. I should go here, or go there. I should help that person. I should, I should, I should. I say it a lot, but don’t always do what it is that I said I should do.
So recently I’ve set a trigger for myself for when I catch myself saying should, I pause and do that thing that that I just said I should do. A lot of the time its a spur of the moment type of though that requires immediate action.
“I should stop and help that person broken down the side of the road”
“I should fix that squeaking thing that’s driving me nuts”
“I should stop at the store on the way home to make dinner”
“I should go running”
I used to let all these should’s come in and pass through my head leaving a long “someday” to do list of things I should do, or worse a long list of things I should have done.
Now with that trigger set, I find myself turning around a lot more and going back to do those things. If I hear should, I turn that into a must and do it right then if the should calls for it.
Do you find yourself saying “I should…” a lot? Do you find yourself regretting not doing those things?
Your Truly Simple Action this week is to listen to yourself. See if you find yourself saying should and start to listen and recognize the pattern. Then start pausing when you hear yourself saying it and taking immediate action on that should.
Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time. Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:
- TSA#1 - Help out a Stranger
- TSA#2 - Get organized part 1 – Clear your space to clear your head
- TSA#3 - Watch what you are watching
- TSA#4 - Count Yourself Blessed
- TSA#5 - Why Diet’s Don’t Work
- TSA#6 - Just a Little Bit
- TSA#7 - Just Wash the Dishes
- TSA#8 -Tell Someone You Love Them
- TSA#9 - You aren’t doing anything good, just everything awful.
- TSA#10 - Epic Fail