One way I’ve recently been challenged when it comes to perspective is substituting one word in a simple statement most of us make on a daily basis:
“I have to.”
“I get to.”
I began to pay attention to how many times in a day I think or actually verbalize, “I have to…”, and how that typically creates a negative or stressful perspective of whatever the task might be; sending an email, making a meal, exercising, doing laundry and other everyday tasks that ultimately make up our lives.
I challenged myself to exchange have for the word get. “I get to make a meal for my family.” “ I get to do laundry.” I get to respond to phone messages and emails.” “I get to go fast walking.” It changed my perspective to I have a family, I have clothing, I have a job, I have the ability to walk...ultimately it changed a task into an act that creating a sense gratitude rather than drudgery.
Test it out. How often do you think, “I have to?” Check out what happens if for one week you swap have for get. Share with us at connect@MowerRefreshed.org if your perspectives change and how it impacts you and those around you. It’s the little words that can make a big difference in our life and health...choose wisely!
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