Let’s write this proposal once and for all
Let’s give her a stern warning once and for all
Let’s do this course once and for all
Let’s buy that item once and for all
The problem with ‘once and for all’ is that we can’t decide finality in the moment for sure
What if the market condition changes and renders our proposal obsolete?
What if she makes the same mistake but turns it around to bring in a commercial windfall?
What if progress in the course is halted midway due to a more pressing involvement?
What if the item inexplicably fails and refuses repair?
Wouldn’t we be better off resolving to simply “do it”, no decisive conditions attached?
Removing the “once and for all” tag minimizes the unnecessary pressure we put ourselves under and makes us able to perform tasks with more expression and freedom.