I read Atomic Habits by James Clear, a book I recommend for helping to create habits and processes for accomplishing the important goals for your life. In the book Clear tells a story that I recall from many years ago that I believe demonstrates a powerful point of view on perspective.
“I once heard a story about a man who uses a wheelchair. When asked if it was difficult being confined, he responded, “I’m not confined to my wheelchair—I am liberated by it. If it wasn’t for my wheelchair, I would be bed-bound and never able to leave my house.” – Author Unknown
This shift in perspective completely transformed how he lived each day.
You can often change your perspective by simply changing how you think and speak about your life.
Think about the following typical phrases generally uttered with negative tones.
- I have to go to work.
- I have to eat healthy.
- I have to workout.
- I have to run errands.
- I have to go home early.
- I have to cook dinner.
What other statements come to your mind?
What if you changed the word “have” to “get? ”By simply changing this word, you shift the way you view each statement. You shift from seeing these behaviors as burdens and turn them into opportunities.
Both versions of the statements are actually true. You have to do those things, and you also get to do them. You can find evidence for whatever mind-set you choose – optimistic or pessimistic.
Which mindset will you choose?
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