As mentioned previously I am doing the 21 days to minimalism over at theminimalists.com. I’m moving at my own pace, so I’m not rushed to do this in 21 days. I have been clearing out some crap and clutter. The house is looking a lot more… minimalistic.

I’m at day 2 and I just loved the concept of turning your “Shoulds” into “Musts”.

After a while, you end up shoulding all over yourself, which is an apt analogy because you really do feel like shit after you’ve put everything off for so long—after you’ve procrastinated over and over and over.Once you understand the necessity for change on an emotional level, you are able to turn your shoulds into musts. 

 

Do you feel how much more powerful the musts feel compared to your shoulds? The Should List is weak, passive, lethargic. The Must List is strong, vigorous, energetic. The musts are alive—you must take action!

Well said! I’ve compiled my list of musts, and here they are. I will print them and put them up somewhere where I can see them everyday.

I must… Live My values
I must… Be Thankful for at least 1 Thing Every Day
I must… Live In the Moment
I must… Eat Healthy
I must… Gym 4 Times a Week
I must… Make This World a Better Place
I must… Discover God
I must… Play PC Games Regularly
I must… Listen to New Music
I must… Contribute Meaningfully To Others’ Lives
I must… Spend Time with Loved Ones
I must… Question Everything
I must… Become more Spiritual/Enlightened

The next step is no answer the following questions:

What is standing in the way of my musts?
When did I give so much meaning to my possessions?
What is truly important in my life?
Why am I discontented?
Who is the person I want to become?
How will I define my success?
How will my life improve if I own less stuff?

It’s going to take some time to answer them, and I’ll probably post an update here. Those are some tough questions.