"I Don't..." not "I Can't..."

May 27, 2017

Want to change a bad habit?  Change your self-talk.   Scientists have found that the phrase "I Don't" is ~2x more powerful than the phrase "I can't".

From the study abstract: "This research is based on the insight that the language we use to describe our choices serves as a feedback mechanism that either enhances or impedes our goal-directed behavior."  In other words, the words we choose in our self-talk make a difference.  When we say "I don't [do that bad habit]" we are taking control and reinforcing our power.  If on the other hand we say "I can't [do that bad habit]" it is as if we are begging ourselves to fail.  "I don't" is a way to clearly define your desired behavior guidelines for yourself.

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