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Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary

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Very inspiring article and I'd like to say thank you for writing it. I also have been exposed to using the "I" statements but never thought of using it in the sense of weight loss or exercise. Now I know why I come up with the excuses I do. I'm going to use these ideas right away. Thank you so much. Report
I love the concept of taking responsibility for yourself through the use of I statements.

I blogged about something very similar just yesterday.

Helen Report
We are just past a major religious observance for me, and one of the things we do at that time is make vows for the next year (sort of like New Year's resolutions, but ones we really do keep, and intend to make a permanent part of our lives). This year, my vow is to stop making excuses when I do something or don't do something that is counter to my own well-being. Not that I won't do it, but that I won't lie to myself about why I did it. This seems like a really useful tool as I move through this year. Thank you. I think you have just helped me in my quest to become more aware of my own motivations and decision making processes. Report
The self-responsibility factor is huge.... it illiminates my excuse that being a care taker of others is my priority. I need to make my health a priority, too, so I can continue to help the ones I love. Report
I have had some experience with affermations. I never thought about using them dealing with diet and exercise. I think this is a very good idea. I like the idea of writing about what is behind whi I did or did not do something. I will read the rest of it and work and impliment this into my daily habits. I have enjoyed this so far. Thank you . Report
I often find myself in situations that I feel I have completely no control over. My husband has frequently pointed out that I do have control, but I seem to have no way of understanding how. This article has really made me ponder how I make my decisions, and, whether this has even filtered through into my eating patterns. I'm going to follow his advice and write down what has happened to cause me to do something I didn't want to do and see what I find. I'm so tired of living my life this way. Report
This is such a simple concept that it has completely escaped me. I am looking forward to completing all 10 steps and applying them, starting right now. Report
Love, love, LOVE this writing solution for persistent problem areas! I can apply this to all sorts of life areas :-0 Report
Wow! I just stumbled onto the Mind over Body series, pretty much by chance, and it's great! Thank you Dean, I love your articles :-) Report
"I" have never thought of this and I believe this concept is just what I needed right now. I read your bio and I am impressed. You decided to change and did it. I know that is what I need to do. I have a lot of health issues and I have become overweight because of those problems in addition to poor diet and lack of exercise. I had to quit my job this spring because of my health and now I want to change what I can. I've just started (with earnest) and progress is slow but I'm doing it. Thank you for that gentle push in the right direction. Report
All of Deans Articles have helped me so much. Thank you Dean! You have helped the people here more than you know. Report
Wow! What a great article! I feel empowered! Thank you! Report
This is a great article, and this principle applies to so many things in life! When we speak in "I" statements, we take responsibility for ourselves, and we take our power back from the Universe. We are strongest when we stand on our own two feet.

I have started to look at some of my obstacles in this way. I think that journaling my thoughts will be very helpful.

Jen M. Report
I too have always put everyone first, and hen I don't pay attention to what I put in my mouth. So the 90 lb overweight woman says. I did though decide I needed to work on sleepthis last week, but I paid attention to nothing else. So, sleeping in on the morning so I didn't make time for exercise or food planning made a 5 lb gain. So here I am , trying to figure out how to norish my body, mind and soul the right way all at the same time... Report
I have always put everyone else first. The last few years I have tried to reverse that, but it is not easy to do at the age of 75 with nearly 57 years of marriage. I needed this article and will try to remember how important the "I" is. Thanks for the reminder. Report

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