Recently, the author was assigned the task of creating social media posts for their consultancy’s LinkedIn and Instagram pages. Despite their love for writing, they found it tedious to turn lengthy thoughts into short, attention-grabbing content. As a result, they procrastinated until the deadline was fast approaching. The author’s inner voice scolded them for not completing the task and pressured them to complete it immediately.
However, the author discovered a more effective way of talking to themselves that made them want to create engaging social media content. Turia Pitt, a survivor of a grassfire who suffered full thickness burns to 65% of her body, became a bestselling author, a two-time Ironman, and a humanitarian after the incident. In 2017, she gave birth to her first child, Hakawai.
After becoming a mother, Pitt realized that she would often say “I have to” when it came to certain tasks. She found that this language made her feel obligated and resentful towards them. Instead, she started using “I get to” to remind herself that it was a choice and an opportunity she could be grateful for. Pitt also applied this strategy to her professional life, particularly when delivering keynote presentations. She found it helpful to remind herself that it was not an obligation but a chance to share her ideas with an audience who wanted to listen.
The “get to” strategy can be an effective way to reframe an activity from being a chore to being a gift, according to a recent article. The strategy taps into intrinsic motivation, allowing individuals to feel as though they have control and choice over the task. This can reduce time wasted procrastinating and increase motivation to complete the task.
To put the strategy into action, individuals can think of a behavior that they know is good for them but that they have negative self-talk around. They can deliberately rephrase their self-talk using the language “I get to do this task” and consider how completing the task aligns with their values and goals, such as progressing in their career or doing a great job at work.
In conclusion, adopting the “I get to” mindset can transform tasks from burdens to opportunities. Inspired by Turia Pitt’s journey, the author discovered the power of this strategy when creating social media content. By reframing self-talk, individuals can tap into intrinsic motivation, overcome procrastination, and find purpose in their work.