I don’t like being told what to do. In fact, I have a visceral reaction when I feel like someone is offering the “only” option and there are others available to me.
When I take a breath and evaluate, it prompts me to action. The kind of action which expands my options, possibilities, and choices. As soon as that happens, my internal reaction disappears.
When you think there’s only one way, pause.
You’ll see there are other ways to think about things, other opportunities, and options available if you’re willing to let go of how it “should” be or what’s apparent in this moment.
Sometimes waiting is your best alternative.