I made a shift yesterday that I think is going to change my life.
I devour personal development, spiritual, creativity igniting, though provoking material whenever I get the chance. Books, blogs, videos, audio interviews, online seminars…I love them. I keep a notebook with me always and jot down little tidbits to ponder, and sometimes actually get around to doing that. I was flipping through my notebook the other day and this idea nearly jumped off the page at me.
What if I look at the things that I find challenging, laborious, tedious, or bothersome in my life–and instead of saying “I have to…” I switched that to “I get to…” Let me give you an example:
I was working yesterday afternoon when I noticed the time and thought–“sigh…I have to stop what I’m doing and go get my kids at the bus stop.” As I was strolling down the street, I changed that sentiment to “I get to stop my work and get my kids at the bus stop.” WOW! Does that feel different! And it’s true! I was about to go greet two of my favorite little people in the world and hear about their day. I’ve got great kids, they go to a wonderful school, and their awesome bus driver gets them there and back safely every day. There are so many people who can’t say that. And I work from my home, on my own time, so I can just stop to go get my kids. How many moms are there out there who would love to be able to do that but cannot.
So I thought of something that I really don’t like doing. One of my least favorite things to do is to call the insurance company to discuss a claim. All the voice prompts, the maze of redirections, the waiting, the repeating of the name/birthdate/policy number that I just punched in when I started this call half an hour ago….it drives me crazy. Would my new strategy change the way I feel about this dreaded task?
“I get to call the insurance company to discuss my claim.” I have insurance! I am comfortable taking my kids to the doctor or the emergency room knowing that I most likely will only have to – get to – pay my co-pay. If I don’t agree with what they offer to pay, I can appeal it. I, again, have the flexibility in my day to call and waste a good chunk of time navigating the insurance company’s phone system. (I didn’t say I had to like it!!)
We have so many freedoms and so many privileges that are taken for granted. Try this shift yourself and see how it changes your perspective on things.
Go ahead and post in the comments a revised statement for something that are approaching with a new light. I’d love to see how it works for you!