I Have To vs I Get To
It’s been many years since I’ve HAD to set a daily alarm clock. It’s one of the freedom principles that we like to share about our business model – you get to throw away your alarm clock and sleep til you’re done sleeping. Even though I have a young child who is in school. her school starts later and without an alarm clock, we always got up in time for the bus at 8:45.
This past week I’ve started setting my alarm again. However, now I GET to. It’s my choice to do so, and I’m not getting up because of someone else’s schedule. If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been blogging daily since July 13th (over two months already!). And I have a personal goal of posting before 9:30 am. Since school has started again, I made a decision to alter my schedule to make all of our lives easier in the morning.
Now, I have the pleasure of waking up to my alarm at 6:30 am (I realize that many of you wake up much earlier!). I get up while the house is quiet and sneak out for a walk in the woods nearby or a meditative walk in the labyrinth. By the time I get back, my husband and daughter are up, and I can spend a bit of time stretching and doing yoga while he’s getting ready. We have split our morning duties, he makes the smoothies, I make her lunch. And by the time we’re ready to go to the bus stop, instead of feeling rushed, I feel like I’ve accomplished so much already in my day. When I return from the bus, I’ve got lots of time to write.
Gratitude Tip: Changing your thought patterns from I have to to I get to makes a huge difference. It’s much easier to be in a place of gratitude when you have the privilege of doing something, rather than an obligation.
This is one of the most valuable lessons I learned from my business coach, Tony. What do you feel like you HAVE to do? Would it feel different if you changed your language to I GET to or even I CHOOSE to?