There is a simple way to tell whether a day is going to be a good day, almost from the moment that you wake up.
It is so simple that anyone can do it, and it only takes a moment. All you have to do is think about the day that’s coming up, and what you’re going to do. If you come up with a list of things that you have to do, it’s going to be an unpleasant day. If you come up with a list of things you get to do, it’s going to be a good one.
There are obviously exceptions to this rule… if you win the lottery, it may turn out to be a good day regardless of how you started out looking at it, and if you get in a wreck, it may turn out to be a bad day. The vast majority of days, however, don’t have momentous events like that.
For all of those other, more ordinary days, it really isn’t what events happen in your day, it’s how you look at them. The same event can be a have to do for one person, and a get to do for another.
Take fishing, for example. Fishing definitely falls into the get to do category for me. My mom, on the other hand, would definitely consider fishing a have to do.
The question of have to do vs get to do is most interesting when it comes to the things you do in your every day life. Take the above example, fishing, and apply it to a professional fisherman. Does the fisherman consider fishing something he has to do, or something he gets to do?
If the things that you do in your every day life are things that you get to do, you are almost certain to have a happy life, and very likely to be successful, too. We do, after all, put far more of ourselves into things we get to do than things we have to do.
It doesn’t have to be your job that makes the difference in a happy life vs one full of frustration and negativity, though. It just matters what you focus on, and how you feel about those things. If you have to do your work, you might think that would hurt your happiness. It doesn’t, though, if what you think of when you think about the day is what you get to do afterwards… spend time with your family, go out with your friends, read, watch a movie, or yes, go fishing.
So… think about today. Think about what’s coming up… does what you have to do come first, or what you get to do?
P. S. – This is one of the reasons why taking action helps your emotional energy so much… all of those things that you avoid, or procrastinate, get added to the have to do list, tipping the balance away from get to do.