Want to feel empowered not deprived; change 3 little words and affirm your will power.
Switch from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I don’t’.
Sounds too simple to make much of a difference, but there is research to back it up!
According to James Clear words can make us feel like a victim or empower us.
He states the phrase, ‘I can’t’ indicates, “you’re forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do”.
It also sounds like the power is some one else’s and that we have no control.
‘I don’t’ puts the power and control in our hands. It’s a decision that we have already made before the temptation comes.
A recent study concluded that when participants used the words ‘I don’t’ they made better choices and were able to keep up the healthy lifestyle.
Let’s try it out in a few tempting scenarios.
‘I don’t’ buy potato chips. I don’t have them in my house to tempt me’.
‘I don’t’ order French fries; they aren’t worth all those calories. I don’t order dessert unless I share it with a friend’.
FRIEND’S HOME FOR DINNER
‘I don’t’ overeat; I try a small bit of everything. I hate that over full feeling’.
‘I don’t’ eat big pieces of cake. I’m satisfied with a small piece’.
YOUR OWN KITCHEN
‘I don’t’ eat as I cook. I don’t eat late at night’.
‘I don’t’ miss my daily walk. I always find a way to fit it in’.
‘I don’t’ miss my Bible reading and prayer time, that time is always worth it.
TODAY’S little STEP: Substitute ‘I don’t’ for ‘I can’t’! Be empowered before the temptation hits!
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