This morning when I woke up and started getting ready for work, Kyle asked me why I was leaving so early. I responded with, “I need to get to work.” His response is, “why?” I know that in his mind he’s thinking, “But, you work for yourself, do you have a meeting this morning, is anyone waiting for you at the office?” Instead of my usual response of, “I have so much to do, I need to get in and get to work on it or I’ll be there until 9 tonight… blah… blah… blah.” I responded with, “I like my job, I’m excited to get to work!”
This response wasn’t planned and it was certainly unexpected, and certainly true.
You see, there’s something about our society and my brain, that makes me feel like I have to be stressed out to be successful. If I’m not constantly worried about everything that needs to be done or acting daunted by the tasks waiting for me, than I must be lazy.
But, that’s just not true. There’s nothing wrong with meeting my day with enthusiasm. Perhaps the endless cheerfulness could be annoying. But, at the same time, motivating. There’s nothing daunting about having a job that I love. I want to take the way I think about my life/work/health and turn it around.
To meet my day with enthusiasm.
This same principle applies to all areas of my life. I love to eat healthy and to work out. But, I often feel like that’s strange so I’ll tell myself that it’s hard and that I wish I had junk food. Even though, I feel 100% better eating healthy and I actually just like that food better. Treating my healthy meals with enthusiasm and looking forward to my work-out has continually proved to be successful. If I think about doing the dishes as a daunting task then it’s going to be a painful process. But, if I think about it in terms of how good it feels to have a clean kitchen, then, that makes it an exciting thing to finish up.
I know it seems simple. But, my response to Kyle this morning made something click inside of me.
If I can’t live life with an eagerness to be here, then what’s the point?
Do I want to look back in 50 years and see a stream of needless complaints and stressors? Absolutely not.
What are some things that you could meet with enthusiasm today? Share with me in the comments below or on facebook! I’d love to hear!
with love and enthusiasm,