Change just two little words and feel empowered not deprived! Two little words that put you in control!
Sounds too simple to make much of a difference? I thought so too, but there is research to back it up!
According to James Clear words can make us feel like a victim or empower us.
The two little words you should never say are, ‘I can’t’!
Switch from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I don’t’.
James states the phrase, ‘I can’t’ indicates, “you’re forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do”.
When I was on a diet I would say, “I can’t have dessert anymore.” That immediately makes me feel deprived.
It also sounds like the power is someone else’s and that I have no control.
‘I don’t’ puts the power and control in our hands.
Now that I live with a healthy lifestyle and not a diet I say, “I don’t eat dessert everyday. I save it as a treat.” I am the one with the power!
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.
As part of our little steps to health we are learning about the power our thoughts have over our actions.
Let’s take back the control!
I’ve thought of a few ‘I don’t’ statements we can use.
Let’s try them 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 don’t let anyone bully me into over eating’.
‘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. ‘I don’t’ want to start my day without talking to Jesus’.
TODAY’S little STEP: Substitute ‘I don’t’ for ‘I can’t’! Be empowered before the temptation hits!
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I’d love to hear your own personal ‘I don’t statement’.