I bet your job contains tasks you don’t enjoy. Some of them, you may even dislike. You still need to do them, though; there’s no choice about that. But you do have a choice about how you tackle them.
You can approach them with an ‘I have to’ attitude or you can approach them with an ‘I want to’ attitude. One little word makes a huge difference.
The first choice, ‘I have to’, means you’ll do those tasks half-heartedly, resenting every moment and getting them over with as soon as possible. The ‘I have to’ approach won’t help you do a good job or take any pleasure from doing it or completing it. That choice makes you miserable.
The other choice is to change the ‘I have to’ into a ‘I want to’. That one little word shifts your approach. It makes those dreary duties more agreeable and helps you not only do them better but take some pride in the results. In fact, that one little word can make you twice as productive.
What? You truly don’t want to clear your in tray, wade through those reports or knuckle down to study? You can always find a reason to want to. It might only be to ‘get it over and done with’ or so your heart doesn’t sink every time you see your in tray out of the corner of your eye. It might be so you can feel proud when you pass that exam.
Replacing ‘I have to’ with ‘I want to’ helps you attack those irksome chores with a positive outlook and feel some satisfaction in doing them well.
The next time you have a tedious task to do, say ‘I want to’ do this. Add a ‘so that’ or ‘because’ to so you know why you want to do it. Knowing your purpose gives that task meaning.