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Retrain Your Brain With Your Words

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Monday, April 12, 2021

When tempted by tasty treats, we often say “I can’t have that,” or some similar answer.

What if we change our words? “I don’t eat that, but thank you.” It’s polite and empowering. “I can’t...” cues our brain that we are giving up something desirable, so we feel deprived. “I don’t...” cues our brain that we are in charge, so we feel good about our decision and ourselves.

Take it a bit farther and start retraining your brain to replace “I can’t” with positive statements. If you can’t do X, what can you do? Use “I don’t X, I do Y.” This is a great brain exercise to start thinking in a positive and empowered direction. For example, “ I don’t buy boxed cakes, I splurge on precut fruits for the fridge.”

Beth Donovan
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