Recently, my little two-and-a-half-year-old boy was sick with a fever and cough. (He’s fine now. No worries.)

Anyway, I had to give him medicine. No surprise, he didn’t want to take it. So I found myself saying to him, “It is a MUST.”

Sure enough, my son actually did start to swallow his medicine more easily—after I started using the word MUST at him.

After a few days of saying “It’s a MUST,” my son started to say the word for me. He’d see the medicine bottle, point, and say: “MUST.” He took his last MUST spoonful about a week ago.

Then, just yesterday, my son showed me his Spiderman toy. “Spiderman is a MUST,” he said to me.

I laughed then paused and thought about what he felt the word MUST must mean that his Spiderman toy fell into this MUST category.

Obviously, he learned that MUST was something to be passionate about—and emphatic about—something you had to have, no excuses, no “don’t wannas” about it.

I know this particular Spiderman toy is indeed a MUST in my son’s life right now. He’s very insistent he takes this Spiderman toy out with us for weekend stroller rides.

I thought more about this word MUST.

Then I thought about the definitions of MUSTER and MUSTER UP—which have the word MUST within them—and how that makes verbal sense. You MUSTER UP the courage. You MUSTER UP the will. You don’t merely WANT UP the courage. And WANT UP the will.

You need to feel the desire for a thing/event/quality passionately—MUSTLY—to create a world with that thing/event/quality as a MUST within it.

Do you have a WANT in your life right now that you need to upgrade to a MUST?

Do you have something you’re merely trying to WANT UP the courage for or WANT UP the will for, and the time has come to MUSTER UP the courage and MUSTER UP the will?

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Karen Salmansohn is a bestselling author and award winning designer with over one-million books sold and founder of the popular inspirational website She writes and art directs inspirational books/motivation for both adults and kids.  Her best selling e-book Prince Harming Syndrome has been recommended on Oprah’s site – and applies equally to Princess Harmings. She’s also very friendly, so feel free to drop on by her site and say hello!