As a parent coach, I often learn as much from my clients as they (hopefully) do from me. Recently during a group parent coaching session that I facilitate, one of the members shared something that had shifted her perspective, the 3 simple words…I Get To.
We were discussing the busyness of life and how it often seems we just jump from one task to another. The list in our minds may sound something like this: first I have to unload the dishwasher, then I have to throw in a load of laundry, next I have to pick up my youngest from soccer practice then I have to stop by the grocery store…
Notice the mental and energetic shift when you just change the words I have to – to – I Get To. First I Get To unload the dishwasher, then I Get To throw in a load of laundry, next I Get To pick up my youngest from soccer practice then I Get To stop by the grocery store…
I feel the words I Get To shift our focus to gratitude. We have a dishwasher, so we are not washing everything by hand, we are lucky to have enough extra clothes to fill a washing machine or that the machine is in our home not at a laundry mat…you get the idea.
When I work with my clients, a shift in perspective around a child’s behavior can completely change the view of the event. One of my clients struggled to get her 7-year-old to sit still and study her spelling words. This was a daily challenge. We explored learning styles and discovered that this child is a kinesthetic learner which means that she learns better when movement is incorporated. Allowing her to spell the letters with her body and dance around while reciting her spelling words, not only improved her retention, but changed Mom’s description of study time as going from challenging to delightful.
Dr. Wayne Dyer says: “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”
I Get To look at the things in my life differently. What do you Get To do?
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