“Maybe we should/could …” is an expression we often use when we discuss changes we would like to see in our communities, organisations or groups.
Maybe we should be more grateful. Maybe we should do more of this. Maybe we shouldn’t say that.
And so on.
Most of the time, they are beautiful ideas that, if implemented, they would create a positive impact. However, they rarely get done.
How can I expect something to happen if I am not even sure if I want to do it. “Maybe” and “should” are two words that speak about possibilities, not intentions. And the use of “we” as the subject says that I’m hesitant in taking responsibility for what I’m proposing.
So, here’s my commitment. When I am in any meeting brainstorming about ideas and solutions to change, I commit to avoiding the expression “maybe we should/could …“. Instead, I can start my proposals for new actions with “I want … ” or “I’ll do … “.
Other ideas on how we can replace “maybe we should“?