I “Get” To
Written by Holden Rethwill
How many times a day do you use the phrase I have to?
Regardless what the phrase is connected to, this is something I hear constantly. I’m even guilty of it myself.
What exactly am I guilty of?
Allowing myself to have the mindset that I have to do something. We don’t have to do anything. We get to do it.
Telling yourself you get to do something as opposed to having to do it is a simple change in philosophy that can have incredible benefits. Instead of looking at something – i.e. a workout, daily task, etc. – and saying you have to do it, take a second to realize how fortunate you are that you get to do it. Because if you get to do something, it means you’re still alive. It means you’ve been blessed with another day to make yourself and those around you better.
You don’t have to workout, you don’t have to do the dishes, you don’t have to walk the dogs, you get to do all of these things. There’s people out there less fortunate than you that don’t get to. Taking a second to realize how fortunate you are to get to do these things can be very eye opening. It can make you cognizant of all the things you get to do on a daily basis that others may not have the opportunity to.
Try giving this little phrase shift a shot; especially when something comes up that you may not necessarily want to do. See if it doesn’t boost your mood. And remember, you don’t have to ride the Assault Bike, you get to.