Don't vs. Can't

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I read in Psychology Today that the way we state things can adjust our success/failure rate. According to the article we should get into the habit of saying don't vs. can't. I've been trying that this past week and I must say that I've had some success with it and some downfalls. Saying don't out loud doesn't always stop you from still thinking, no I can't. Here's some examples of my experiences this week. Valentines day when we have all these sweets and fun things sent our way. I gave all of mine away and in doing so, I felt more empowered telling myself I don't want sweets vs. I can't have them or I'll be over my calorie limit. However, when deciding where to go out to eat and my husband tells my daughter we can't eat at famous dave's because I don't eat most foods on the menu, it ticked me off because I love famous dave's and let's tell it like it is, I couldn't if I was going to remain successful. I shall continue saying don't, or not today, as I continue this journey one day at a time!
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  • NEWME0519
    Thank you for sharing this! I'm going to try and change my thought process to don't this week. It does sound a lot more like I have control in a matter to say that 'I don't want that' versus 'I can't have that'!
    1952 days ago
    Thank you for the input! I will try that more often too.
    Keep up the great work!
    1952 days ago
    My Save Mart shares a parking lot with Famous Dave's. I can empathize!!! emoticon
    1952 days ago
    emoticon I am AMAZED by how much diffrence that it makes to change that One Little Word!! I first heard about this on K-Love Radio several months ago and I thought they were over stating how important it was to say "Don't" instead of "Can't".
    emoticon Boy, was I WRONG!!
    1952 days ago
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