Steadfast Life: The Podcast

Episode #29 Old Dogs and New Tricks

Let's face it, we live in a culture that is obsessed with results.  Often that works against us when we are looking to learn something new.  The cultural expectations put a lot of "shoulds" in our minds.  I should have started this when I was younger.  I should have accomplished these goals by this point in my life.  If I was ever going to be able to do this, I should have done it by now.  When professional beach volleyball player Riley McKibbon discusses working through his frustrations in preseason training, he says, "Should is the demon child of hard work without direction and arbitrary expectations."

Getting your "shoulds" out into the light can bring a ton of clarity to their value in your life.  When I do this, I usually find that my "shoulds" are not helping me at all and I happily kick them to the curb.  Should is a way or arguing with what IS - and I have never had much success doing that.

So what can we do instead?  Keep...

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