Funny how powerful changing one word can impact your mindset.
For example, when it comes to eating healthy and/or foregoing the junk, instead of saying, “I have to avoid junk food and eat more veggies,” replace that “have” with a “get,” and the sentence has an entirely new meaning and mindset.
Or maybe you view exercise as your “have to.” That has a negative ring to it, doesn’t it? And that may eventually sap your motivation over time. Another way to approach this is to think, “I GET to exercise,” and soon those workouts will be viewed as a more pleasant experience – at least that’s the goal here!
There’s a positive side to most everything, and sometimes it takes bringing out that inner Pollyanna to see it, or at least inviting her to visit every once in a while.
Let’s take my crazy sugar cravings as an example. I had to take a good look at myself (which can be difficult), figure out what was going on, how to take better care of myself, make changes, and put forth effort to tame my sweet tooth and stop the cycle of binging on sugar. In fact, I will always have to be mindful of what I eat/how I feel and not overdo it in the dessert department in order to keep those horrible sugar cravings/binges from returning. Instead of thinking, “I have to stop eating all this sugar. I’m going to go out of my mind,” I can think of the positive side and replace that “have” with “get.” Now…
- I get to embark on a new adventure
- I get to do something healthy for myself
- I get to think clearer, have more energy, and maintain stability in my moods
- I get to try new recipes for “cleaner” foods
- I get to become friends with protein
- I get to learn more about myself and how to better care for my body
- I get to save my teeth for goodness sake!
I would do well to apply this mindset more often in other areas of my life. I’m not a natural at it. Yet, I am fascinated at how replacing those “have to’s” with “get to’s” brightens up an otherwise tough or dull situation – all because of one little word.