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Leave The "Box Of I Can't" Behind


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014



How long will it take? How much money will it cost me? How can I do this? Can I do this? If I don't do this, where will I be? What if this, and what if that...

We face a lot of questions along our healthy lifestyle journey. We deal with questions that we answer to either help motivate us to get where we want to be or that will end up sabotaging our own efforts, sending us right back to where we started.

Depending on how you answer those questions that arise, can determine the level of success you will have when it comes to a successful journey into a healthy lifestyle. If you can be positive and tell yourself that no matter how much time and effort it takes, I will meet my goals, then you set yourself up for the best possible approach to achieve the goals you set for yourself. If you are pessimistic about it, your answers to those questions will send you right back into the "Box Of I Can't".



Of course, just having a positive attitude doesn't guarantee you will reach any of your goals. If only it were that simple, right? You and I know that we still have to put in the time and effort it takes to make it, but a positive outlook is certainly a good place to start. On the other hand, if you are negative and answer those questions I posed earlier with excuse after excuse, you will be stuck in that "Box Of I Can't" with nobody to blame but yourself! It is a continuation of the lifestyle that got us where we are in the first place. To get where you want to go, you have to change what you are doing!

No matter what stage of the journey you are on, questions are inevitable, but it is up to you which way you answer them. Will you tackle them head on with a positive outlook and tell yourself that you will reach your goals no matter what, or will you have a negative outlook and make excuses and find yourself perpetually stuck in the "Box Of I Can't"?



The choice is yours.

Embrace The Possibilities

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2BDYNAMIC 3/30/2014 8:46AM

    Nicely done ........... Love to see blogs from the guys ............ emoticon

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IAM_HIS 3/28/2014 9:50AM

    emoticon emoticon This gave me the kick in the pants I needed today!

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HAPPYMENOW58 3/20/2014 1:56PM

    WooooooHoooooooooooooo!! Thank you, FAVORITE BRAD!! Love it.......Once again....You are back writing my favorite and the best blogs........You are top notch, buddy....... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 3/18/2014 8:50AM

    Hmm - interesting, and reading the comment from THINFITRAWKIND - I hear myself thinking 'oh, no - I can't resist those cookies' and that's the kind of thought I know I need to change - but thinking 'I can resist those cookies' isn't easy............. not that you said it was! It's like throwing away one's emotional teddy-bears isn't it - traumatic bereavement!



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MYRMEN 3/17/2014 11:30AM

    emoticon I'm happy to see you back again! You are such a source of inspiration!

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MATTEROFHEART 3/17/2014 10:15AM

    So great to see a blog from you, Brad! Thanks for your inspiration!

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NASFKAB 3/15/2014 1:10AM

  way to put "Yes I can" NOT "I cant"

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BESSHAILE 3/13/2014 3:38PM

    Yep yep - we all have one of those boxes. Now and then I peek into mine but I won' jump back inside and live there. I bet you won't either.

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LSDALOIA 3/12/2014 11:18PM

    Yes I can!!! Great blog and it's so good to have you back!

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TINAJANE76 3/12/2014 7:17PM

    So awesome to see you back in the Spark blogosphere again, Brad. You've been greatly missed and I'm glad to see you're still armed with tons of inspiration!

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CHICAMIMI 3/12/2014 4:57PM

    emoticon (At times like this I wish there was a "Word" emoticon).

This is such a great post and something I'm finding really is making the difference in my journey this time. In the past, I messed up and that was it. Now, while it can be hard, I'm learning to stay positive, keep moving forward and not giving up. No excuses.

(That doesn't mean that I won't secretly wish there was a magical pill that would keep me from having to endure burpees!)

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TRISTAROSE 3/12/2014 2:38PM

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CAROL_31649731 3/12/2014 2:24PM

    So True! Nicely put & a nice reminder to us all. Words of wisdom needed today . . . thanks. Positively yours, emoticon

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STR458 3/12/2014 11:56AM

    Thanks Brad for posting
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Comment edited on: 3/12/2014 11:58:15 AM

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KATHY47802 3/12/2014 10:07AM

    Love it!

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BTW, love the pic of the ladies in your life on your main page - gorgeous family!
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SOFT_VAL67 3/11/2014 8:57PM

    yes, i can. thanks for reminding me! had an amazing day in the sun, walking! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKONSKATES 3/11/2014 8:54PM

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I miss your awesome blogs Brad !! Woohoo!!

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COLOR-BLUE 3/11/2014 7:50PM

    Brad,

I choose to EMBRACE ALL THE POSIBILITIES!!! emoticon

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength! Philippians 4:13

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2014 3:34PM

    YES WE CAN!!!!

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LINDAK25 3/11/2014 1:07PM

    We really do put ourselves in a box, don't we? We've just got to slap all those negative thoughts down into that box and keep the lid on it. Love the Kermit the Frog meme. Such drama.

Keep Sparking!

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SUSIEMT 3/11/2014 12:21PM

    Good blog Brad! Good questions that we all need to answer and be aware.

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MRSP90X 3/11/2014 11:59AM

    Ahh, awesome as always and so very true!! I have mourned over that dead fish in for far too long in the past. Upward and onward to my goals!!

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THOMS1 3/11/2014 11:42AM

    You are right as always. I went on vacation for the month of Feb and had the best of intentions but, of course as always some of my old ways got in the way and I let them. Gained 10 lbs so now I start again. Your blogs always make me think. Thank you. emoticon

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HARROWJET 3/11/2014 10:53AM

    Yes, I CAN! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 3/11/2014 10:51AM

    Great motivation Brad!
Good to see you blogging again.
Hugs,
Angela

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IAMBIZI 3/11/2014 10:50AM

    welcome back, hopefully your back is normal again and that exercise is normal again for you.
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ONTHEPATH2 3/11/2014 10:20AM

    Ahhhhhh, what if........ I think I CAN instead of what if....... Thank you!!!! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 3/11/2014 10:09AM

    I love the visual image of a box of "I Can't". When I was a teen, my music teacher had us visualize our teen angst as being something in a backpack. We had to leave the backpack and the door and come into the music room without it so we could get the work done that the hour demanded. It was our choice, she said, whether or not we picked up that backpack at the end of the hour. I sort of understood it then, I understand her wisdom so much more now!

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NILLAPEPSI 3/11/2014 9:32AM

    Anything good takes effort, that's for sure. Welcome back! You were missed!! Loved reading your blog today. emoticon

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LIZ324_NYC 3/11/2014 9:07AM

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I'm working to consistently stay out of that box. Doesn't always happen, but I'm getting better and better at it.


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CELIAMINER 3/11/2014 8:52AM

    Yes, I CAN!
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NELLJONES 3/11/2014 8:27AM

    The "Box of I Can't" really means you don't want something as much as you think you do. It's not a crime, you don't HAVE to want something. When you really really want it as much as you WANT to want it, you'll find the way to get there.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 3/11/2014 7:36AM

    I am and I can - very powerful statements. Have a fabulous day Brad!

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TIME-4-TINA 3/11/2014 7:32AM

    I guess in the near future I can't use the "I can't go out because of the snow" excuse. I'll have to switch over to, "it's too hot outside to run" excuse. Would that be ok, Brad? No??

Ok,,ok, fine!!!! I'll get out of the box!

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JUST_BRENDA 3/11/2014 7:30AM

    So true!
Thanks for the reminder

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NANCYTUNBERG64 3/11/2014 7:28AM

    I put the box out at the curb for garbage pickup. Now no box to have as an excuse!!

Thanks

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THINANDFITEMILY 3/11/2014 7:20AM

    Love it! emoticon I did not get the best sleep last night and that box of can't was on the floor by my bedside this morning- so I just kicked it out the door. Your blog helped me today oh and a cup of coffee emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/11/2014 7:11AM

    I know several people who have mourned over the death of that fish, and still are... I did for a while, but realized, IT'S JUST A FISH! I had to get over it and get back to MY life, I have things to do! I guess when they say "when you want it done right, do it yourself." That's the only way it's going to get done. True story!
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FELINEBETTER 3/11/2014 6:50AM

    Very well said!!! A great reminder for all us too! Good to see you back! emoticon emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 3/11/2014 6:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon No excuses!!
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I hauled the box of "I can't" out to the trash but it does somehow find it's way back in sometimes. I'll keep taking it to the trash as many times at it takes!

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