Most of us spend our days on auto-pilot, getting caught up in the mundane of our day-to-day. We are never in the present moment but instead lost in our heads. We find ourselves feeling like we’re just going through the motions and trying to manage our busy lives.
Mindset is everything
It happens to all of us at one time or another: You’re running through your to-do list and your upcoming schedule and catch yourself thinking, “And then I have to…” Whether it’s a social obligation, a build-up of tiny tasks, or a monotonous part of your daily routine, we’ve all had an activity come up that elicits that “ugh” reaction.
Your mindset plays a significant role in how you move through life. When you have a negative mindset, you will see it negatively affect other aspects of your life. Your mindset shapes your experiences and how you make sense of the world.
Finding beauty in the mundane
When you say you “have to” do something, it feels like a burden that drains energy. But if you make the slightest shift in your mindset and in the words that you use and instead use the phrase “get to,” the task then becomes a privilege. You feel excited and fortunate that you get to do whatever it is. Because no matter what that task is, the majority of the time, that task IS a privilege.
Even if the task seems hard or sucky, there are still good things about it that you can find if you just take the time to look. If it’s a task for work, that means you have a job, which means you have money to pay your bills and buy food. You have the physical ability to do this task and your job. Imagine life without all of these things. Instead, try being grateful for the opportunity to do some good in the world, to learn from this task, to get better, and to be mindful as you do it.
Conclusion: Make every moment count
If you practice this simple mindset shift, you will soon see that even these mundane tasks can light up your heart and help you see the beauty in every moment, leading you to live the life of fulfillment you are searching for.
It’s your job to make the moments count, but it’s not just the good moments. Even in the season of disdain or mundane, when you feel like you’re a hamster on a wheel, there is still always something to be grateful for.
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