Have you ever had one of those days? You know, one of those mornings where you just don’t want to get up. Sure, we all have and it might’ve looked something like this:
The alarm clock goes off and the voice in your head screams NOOO!!! So you roll over and hit the snooze button. Several minutes later, it goes off again..And you lie there contemplating whether or not to take a “sick” day. But eventually you do the responsible thing and crawl out of bed to get your day started.
Our lives are so busy. It seems like we’re always fighting for free time that rarely comes. Unfortunately in the daily madness which occurs week after week, our happiness become more and more elusive.
But what if it wasn’t?
What if two simple words could change it all? What are the chances? 100 percent.
Do me a favor. Take the next couple of minutes and make a list of all the things “I have to” do today, and the next couple of days.
Did you do it?
Okay, now go back and put “I Get to” in front of all the statements you previously put down.
Were you able to notice the difference? Do you see how two words (GET TO) can change your attitude? Everything is connected and it all begins with the powerful thing we possess: our mind. It’s no secret that when we feel good, and have a good attitude we produce higher quality work. We know this, but we don’t really understand this.
The key to understanding it all is gratitude. I’ll be the first to admit I need to do a better, and more consistent job of expressing gratitude. Earlier this summer I had a couple long days of basketball. I almost began to feel a little overwhelmed and kind of just wanted to stay home. Then I remembered that I don’t “have to”, rather I “get to” and my mood instantly changed.
I realized how fortunate I was to be able to do something I love, while others are stuck doing things they hate just to pay the bills. Think about it, somewhere…
-someone does not enjoy their career
-someone has a terrible boss
-is paid unfair wages for the hours they work
-has terrible co-workers
-is harassed at work
-has ill-health, in tremendous pain/discomfort, but is forced to be there
If none of the statements above apply to you, you’re lucky. Once we realize there will always be someone, somewhere who would kill to trade places with us, we stop taking our opportunities for granted.
What we give out comes back to us. Call it karma, the boomerang effect, or whatever else you want. As my friend Rob Cross, a PGC Skills Director says, we need to stop putting our feelings before our actions. Instead we should put our actions before our feelings.
The greats within any line of work think of their world as “get to” and never “have to.” They choose how they show up. They are conscious of what they post online and how it will perceived. They understand what they think has this funny way of manifesting itself into reality.
The greats choose happiness and joy. They choose to express gratitude daily.
They never say “I have to” but always think in the terms of “I GET to.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be more conscious of expressing gratitude for all things I “Get” to do.
Check out this clip on gratitude→ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-DcCsbGt0g
Here’s what scripture says on gratitude→ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
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