Don’t forget what you “get” to do…

When you change your mindset from what you “Have To Do” to what you “Get To Do” you start to really appreciate the big (and little) things!

I drove 45 minutes to work event in Santa Cruz and got lost, was 45 minutes late and didn’t bring sunscreen (ouch). But while trying to focus on the positive, I looked down and caught these random flowers (or pretty weeds). This was a perfect reminder for me to stop and appreciate. And I smiled from ear to ear, got down in the grass and had to capture this moment with the clear blue sky and the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the distance!

I’ve been Coast to Coast this week for work, have had more things on my To-Do list than items crossed off and like most of us – have self induced guilt for wanting to do more and be more for myself and others.

But one thing that really makes me see the glass half full, is waking up every morning and approaching the day with a positive attitude.

My recent affirmation and motivation has been to change the way I think of my schedule and To-Do’s as “Get To Do” items instead of “Have To Do” items.

This isn’t a new revelation for me (and I’m sure you’ve heard of this before) but it really has changed the Minutes, Hours and Days in my Week!

I like to start my day pretty early, usually between 5:00-6:00am… and some days I just do NOT feel it and want to roll over and hit the snooze button. Well, after two missed 6:00am swim workouts – the guilt of the skipped workouts started to weigh on me. So in my workout notebook (yes, I have a notebook – and it’s color coded, has sheet protectors and is glorious) I listed “6:00am Swim.”

Then I wrote “I know how to swim – not everyone can.”

Then I wrote “I get one hour of cell phone and e-mail free time just to think when I’m underwater.”

And then I wrote “After a 3,000 yard swim I can pretty much eat anything I want without regrets that day.”

Needless to say, I made my next swim workout. And rolling out of bed at 5:00am was (a little) less painful and I approached the workout feeling grateful for the opportunity I had to put myself through and hour of swimming hell. 🙂

Now, you don’t have to wake up at 5:00am and splash around a pool while the sunrises to approach the day with gratitude. But it’s working for me, and I wanted to put it out there in hopes that it does the same for you!

If you have any motivational tips, inspiring quotes or things you do to be more productive, efficient or (especially) grateful please comment and let me know!

Cheers to “getting to” it!