The “Get To” Mindset – Simple Strategies for Finding Joy in Daily Tasks

We all have tasks in life that we may not always look forward to. Whether it’s chores around the house, obligations for work or caring for others, these responsibilities can start to feel draining.

Recently, I talked about adopting a “get to” perspective on my podcast Hustle for Happiness Podcast. Rather than obligations, this approach helps see daily activities as opportunities. By focusing on gratitude, even mundane chores can uplift our days.

I found this shift especially helpful when feeling overwhelmed. Simple tasks like cooking or errands felt more like a burden. But reframing them allowed me to appreciate the purpose behind each one.

For example, making meals used to be a chore. Now I’m grateful for the chance to nourish my body and family. Running errands was tedious, yet provides time to complete needed tasks.

Challenges can also be recast positively. Rather than dread health appointments, I saw them as opportunities to improve my wellness. Problems became chances to learn and grow stronger.

Overall, consciously using a “get to” lens has lightened my routine’s load. I hope sharing encourages others to adopt this mindset too. Sometimes a simple change in perspective is all it takes to feel less stressed.

The beauty of this mindset shift is that it’s something anyone can start incorporating immediately, no major changes required. All it takes is a conscious effort to see tasks through a lens of gratitude rather than obligation.

Here’s my discovery of the “get to” mindset

My experience with discovering a ruptured breast implant really opened my eyes to the power of perspective. A few years ago, I went in for a routine exam where my doctor noticed something off with my implants. At first, they were concerned it could be cancer since silicone was leaking into my body. Going through all the testing and uncertainty was incredibly stressful (click here for full story)

But eventually, we learned the implants had silently ruptured years prior. As scary as that discovery was, I’m grateful we found the root cause. Because just a year before, my husband and I had been unsuccessfully trying to conceive. All our tests showed nothing wrong – it was so discouraging.

Now I realize, if I had gotten pregnant back then with ruptured, leaking implants, it could have endangered both my health and a potential baby’s. That “setback” of not conceiving ended up being a blessing that gave my body time to heal before continuing our fertility journey.

After my diagnosis, I faced a long process of consultations, surgery and recovery. At the time, it all felt so draining. But with a “get to” mindset, I see it differently now. I got to learn so much about my body from amazing doctors. I got to make informed choices for my future health.

Most importantly, I got to be here today – healthy and able to help others through sharing my story. If I had stayed stuck in a negative mindset, I don’t think I’d be in such a good place. Shifting my perspective truly changed my experience for the better.

Now when challenges come up, I try to pause and look for what I can gain rather than just problems. You never know what blessings may be in disguise. I hope my journey inspires others to adopt this empowering mindset as well.

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Some simple ways to begin are:

– Before challenges, reframe your internal dialogue from “I can’t do this” to “I get to learn from this.”

– When facing difficulties, journal about what you can gain from the experience rather than focusing on problems.

– Celebrate effort over outcomes by acknowledging attempts made rather than just final results.

– Get feedback from others on your strengths and areas for growth to stay motivated.

– Adopt a lifelong learner mentality where you’re constantly seeking out new opportunities to develop skills.

– Challenge limiting beliefs by acknowledging intelligence and talents can be developed through effort over time.

– View mistakes as learning opportunities rather than failures by reflecting on what you can do differently next time.

– Surround yourself with others who believe in a growth mindset to reinforce this perspective.

– Be patient through setbacks as cultivating a growth mindset takes regular practice of positive self-talk and awareness of thought patterns.

The key is to catch negative self-talk, reframe it in a positive light, and consistently reinforce this empowering way of thinking about yourself and your potential.

When I first started making changes to adopt a more positive “get to” mindset, it was challenging to shift decades of habitual thinking. But reflecting on my experience, I hope others can avoid that same struggle by learning from me.

We all have moments where daily tasks feel more like burdens than blessings. It’s so easy to get caught up in checking items off endless lists that we forget to slow down and appreciate life. But I want to encourage you that no matter where you’re at in your journey, it’s never too late for change.

Sharing what’s helped me is my way of paying forward the gift I’ve received. I know that cultivating gratitude and seeing opportunities where there were once only obligations can profoundly uplift your days as it has for me. My hope is that you can implement even small shifts to lighten your load and boost your happiness.

You don’t need to have everything figured out to start – even something as simple as pausing before a chore to say “I get to…” can make a difference. And don’t get discouraged if old habits creep back, each time you catch yourself is an opportunity to reinforce the positive.

It takes practice but gets easier the more you do it. And those small daily efforts have been shown to profoundly boost well-being over time. I’ve found it’s a simple way to feel less burdened. Why not give it a try and see how it uplifts your days too?

The Science Behind a “Get To” Mindset

Have you ever wondered why making simple shifts to focus on gratitude and opportunities can uplift your entire day? As it turns out, there’s solid scientific evidence that cultivating a “get to” perspective provides significant cognitive, emotional and physical benefits.

Studies show gratitude activates regions of the brain linked to reward processing and emotion regulation. This helps improve mood and reduce stress/anxiety so you can better handle life’s challenges. Grateful people also tend to feel more optimistic and satisfied overall since their brains are wired to see blessings rather than problems.

Research even indicates gratitude improves sleep quality and health. It lowers inflammation and heart rate variability, keeping your immune system strong. Grateful individuals experience fewer headaches and illnesses too. No wonder focusing on life’s privileges leaves you feeling energized!

Adopting more of a growth mindset, where you see hurdles as opportunities rather than obstacles, is also correlated with higher achievement, better coping skills and well-being. Reframing difficulties allows you to bounce back even stronger.

Plus, gratitude enhances relationships by making people feel appreciated and connected. It increases helpful behaviors towards others. No wonder this mindset lifts your mood – it’s scientifically proven to boost both mental and physical health.

The next time you feel stressed, remember all these benefits of simply shifting your perspective. Even small daily efforts to cultivate gratitude have been shown to profoundly impact wellness over time. So why not give this “get to” approach a try and see how it uplifts your entire day?

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