First let me clarify; a sucker punch is something unexpected. Think being hit from behind. What’s more, a sucker punch leaves you wide open to follow up attacks.

sucker punches can come from the most unexpected places


The word ‘should’ is one of the biggest sucker punches you’ll encounter. Especially when you’re trying to get in better shape. Anytime time you hear yourself saying “I should…” you’ve just opened yourself up to two things;

  • If you’re saying it before, you’re probably not going to do whatever it is you’re should-ing about.
  • If you’re saying it in retrospect it’s likely that you’re going to feel bad about not doing whatever you felt you should’ve done

Should is something the other you (the one who doesn’t want to do what you’re trying to make it do) puts in there to let you off the hook. It knows if it can just slip it in there then technically you haven’t committed.

Pop Quiz:

Which of these weight loss hopefuls do you think is most likely to succeed?

Person 1: “I should probably get to the gym at least 3 times a week”

Person 2: “I will get to the gym at least 3 times a week”

The money’s on person 2, right?

The Opposite of Should

The words ‘I will’ are the enemy of should. They’re the biggest allies you’ve got in the war against the part of you that doesn’t want to be in better shape. ‘I will’ is a commitment. Anytime I hear the words ‘I will’  I know I’m talking to someone who’ll succeed. Should, could, would, need, want or try… not so much.

The Words We Use Are Pretty Darn Powerful

They instruct us on what to do. They dictate our actions. So when you find yourself using a get-out (like should) you can either:

1: Smile, rephrase and realize that the other personality in you is trying to get out of doing something.


2: Accept that you’re not going to do it and move on.

Peace out   🙂