WANT to versus HAVE to
Over the past few months, the phrase “have to” versus “want to” has come up frequently, most recently in a podcast I was listening to during my commute. I’m a firm believer that if something keeps popping up, it deserves attention.
So, here we are.
What if instead of saying “I have to [complete this activity]” you switched the phrase to “I want to [complete this activity}?”
Notice how you feel when you say: "I want to shop for groceries" versus "I have to shop for groceries."
Sure, many of these activities are things we need to do and “have to do,” but what if we shifted the perspective. I want to go to the grocery store because I want to choose healthy ingredients that will nourish me. I want to practice self care because it feels good to engage in my self-care activities. I want to go to the gym because I feel strong and energized while working out.
So, here’s my challenge for you: Switch things up!
How would it feel to change your language from "have to" to "want to?" After changing my language, I've noticed that everyday tasks like visiting the grocery store or exercising at the gym feel less like a chore.
Try it out and comment below. Where have you started using the phrase "I want to ... " in your life?