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You Feel Like Should

Why Do You Feel Like Should?

Posted: April 11, 2019

Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well. 

Martial Arts training presents us with countless opportunities to address our weaknesses and overcome them. 

When the Dojo is empty, there is nothing on the mat. 

As soon as you step onto it, the mat becomes an obstacle course. 


If you are approaching your training correctly, you bring your problems with you. 

Training is largely a confrontation with our propensity to shrink from challenging situations. 

One of the obstacles that stands in the way of our progress is the tendency to procrastinate. 

We allow it to rob us of our happiness and fulfillment. 

Are you encouraging any of your friends to train with you?

I am confident that you are influencing others to join you on the mat. 

If so, you have certainly heard people say, “I really should train, but...” 

Think about that, and consider the following...


Principle of Achievement #5 - Don’t Be Full Of Should 


Stop shoulding all over yourself. 


Here are a few examples: 

1. I should eat right. 

2. I should exercise. 

3. I should get proper rest. 

4. I should read more. 

5. I should watch less television. 

6. I should read more, and write more. 

7. I should call and apologize. 

8. I should hold myself to high personal standards. 

9. I should regularly attend 2 Martial Arts classes per week. 

10. I should drag my family and friends to the Dojo.


Replace the word "should" with powerful and productive words. 

Use ‘will’ and ‘must’, instead of should. 

If you approach your life with such passivity, apathy, and low energy, you will end up being totally ‘full of should.’

Do you know anyone who is full of should? 

Are they always knee deep in should? 

Do they always seem to be up shoulds creek without a paddle? 

Do you feel shouldy when you’re around them? 

Give it some thought, and then take action. 

I look forward to seeing you and your family in class at the Dojo. 



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

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