How to Improve Your Attitude with Just One Word [Podcast Review]

Choosing A Better Attitude

I have to go to work. I have to attend class. I have to work out. I have to spend time with my family.

Do you really have to? Is there no choice involved? Is someone holding a gun to your head?

You have responsibilities in life, and it’s important to take care of them. But it’s equally important to choose your words carefully when considering your responsibilities, because – as Michael Hyatt and Stu McLaren discuss in the Season 4, Episode 6 podcast of This Is Your Life – your choice of words greatly affects your attitude about life, even when you’re just thinking silently.

What happens to your attitude if you replace “have to” with “get to” when considering your responsibilities? See for yourself. I get to go to work. I get to attend class. I get to work out. I get to spend time with my family.

It’s a subtle difference in your choice of words, but it represents a huge shift in your attitude. “Have to” implies drudgery and the removal of choice. “Get to” implies appreciation for opportunity. If you’re serious about pursuing happiness, choose the words “get to” – because money can’t buy happiness, nor can accomplishments secure it. Happiness is out of reach until you develop a heartfelt appreciation for opportunity itself.

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The Podcast

Hyatt and McLaren share an excellent conversation on the attitude difference between “have to” and “get to” in the podcast below. Give it a listen!


What do you get to do in life? Have you scrapped your “have to” attitude? How has this subtle difference in your choice of words affected your ability to pursue happiness?

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I'm a 2007 Luther College grad trying to make the most out of every day. I enjoy spending time with my family, charcoal grilling, downhill skiing, double IPAs, fine scotch, going to church, jogging, Texas Holdem, fishing, reading, and watching the Green Bay Packers dominate the NFL.

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