“Get To” vs. “Have To”

“Get To” vs. “Have To”

I woke up this morning at 5:49 a.m., excited about the day ahead; whereas, my default thought pattern—motivated by my goals and directed by my “To-Do” list—is to encourage myself to get up, today I got up and made a tiny, albeit, profound shift.

Instead of telling myself, get up, you have to work, I told myself, get up, you get to work.

This subtle approach changed everything, making it one of the best mornings that I can remember. My routine didn’t change: I drank my lemon-water, meditated, journaled, bicycled, and showered, with hot water, then cold. (Scientifically speaking, there are numerous benefits of cold water immersion; for example, a cold shower activates mood-boosting neurotransmitters that enable your body’s natural healing powers.)

My enjoyment of each activity was amplified: instead of having to ride the bike at 6:00 a.m., I get to ride the bike at 6:00 a.m.; instead of forcing myself to take a hot and cold shower, I get to enjoy and experience the benefits of a hot and cold shower.

Because the truth is, I’m lucky as fuck. I get to get up every day and create my own schedule, my own life. I believe that if we’re being honest, the same is true for each one of us. There’s nobody telling us what to do or how to spend our time. This whole thing, our life, is just a game.

Some people spend it chasing after Pokémon; others spend it creating music.

You’re in control over your destiny. So get up and smile. If you’re reading this, the reality is you get to live your day how you want. And that makes all the difference.


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  • Diego Meza January 10, 2018 9:02 pm

    Short but nice one, thank you!
    I like it, i been applying it but now that i have been busy… i been thinking more about i have to… So good to read your blog.


  • Tim January 15, 2018 4:15 pm

    This was great info — thanks!

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