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The Crossroads of Should and Must

This is a story about the two paths  you can take in life— your Should and Must paths.

It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a lifetime — and feels like it’s about time they gave Must a shot. There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.

Mostly when you've chosen Must you find yourself in unknown territory. And it can be petrifying. And at times it can be dark. On the Must path, you are traveling the mythical journey of the hero.

Must is for anyone looking to follow the energy deep within their true self but aren’t quite sure how.

Should is how others want us to show up in the world — how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s the vast array of expectations that others layer upon us. When we choose Should the journey is often smooth, the risk is lower.

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s our instincts, our cravings, and longings, the things and places and ideas we burn for, the intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own. Because when we choose Must, we are no longer looking for inspiration out there. Instead, we are listening to our calling from within, from some luminous, mysterious place.

Artists will often honor their calling, no matter the cost and typically you could say the most famous artists, Van Gogh, Picasso, were ruthless in the pursuit of their Must.

Roz Savage, a management consultant in London living “the big life” was 33 when she sat down and wrote two versions of her obituary:
"The first was the life that I wanted to have. I thought of the obituaries that I enjoyed reading, the people that I admired… the people [who] really knew how to live,” she says. “The second version was the obituary that I was heading for — a conventional, ordinary, pleasant life. The difference between the two was startling. Clearly something was going to have to change… I felt I was getting a few things figured out. But I was like a carpenter with a brand new set of tools and no wood to work on. I needed a project. And so I decided to row the Atlantic."

If you believe that you have something special inside of you, and you feel it’s about time you gave it a shot, honor that calling in some small way — today.

If you feel a knot in your stomach because you can see the enormous distance between your dreams and your daily reality, do one thing to tighten your grip on what you want — today.

If you’ve been peering out over the edge of the cliff but can’t quite make the leap, dig a little deeper and find out what’s stopping you — today.

Because there is a recurring choice in life, and it occurs at the intersection of two roads. We arrive at this place again and again. Today and every day, you get to choose.

And this is where your coach can make a positive impact.

It's one way that I can help you make good choices and ensure the effort you apply delivers great outcomes.

Get in touch by phone: +61 412 555 416 or by email: gt@gregtwemlow.com

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