Have you ever had a "to do" list? You know the one - it's those things you HAVE to do. I would be shocked if you didn't have a list. We all have them at some time or another. For me, it seems to never end. When I check one thing off, three more things appear.
Did you ever notice how it makes you feel? When you say, "I HAVE to_________" - you fill in the blanks - it's draining. It feels heavy. It feels like a burden.
I don't know where I read this so I can't give credit, but I read, "Change the things you HAVE to do to things you GET to do." It doesn't seem like a big deal, but you won't believe what a difference it makes. It doesn't change your list, but it changes your attitude. When you say you GET to do something, it's a lighter feeling. It almost makes you excited to do whatever it is.
I don't always remember to say I "get" to do things, but when I catch myself saying I "have" to do something, I quickly change it and my whole attitude changes. At work filing and calling for receivables are my least favorite things to do. Sometimes I'll sarcastically say, "Oh good. I GET to file today." Even though it started out as sarcasm, it changes how I feel about it.
It's so simple and can make such a big difference. Try it. See if you get the same results I do. It costs nothing and the reward is priceless.