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DD Fitness: Change “I can’t” to “I don’t” and win

first_imgChanging the language from “I don’t” to “I can’t”, can change a situation completely.If you were to ask 100 people how they felt whilst on a diet, there would be a few answers that would stand out.Things like;> Restriction> Alienation> Fear> Loss of controlThese might not seem familiar to you, but when they are put in context, they might seem more familiar.> They feel restricted because they are on the diet.> They feel alienated from their friends and family because they can’t eat along with them.> They fear that they will fail and how this will make them look to others and that they will lose control and break out from their diet. Loss of control is probably one of the biggest fears that dieters have.Researchers from the Journal Of Consumer Sciences, took a group of 30 women and divided them into one of 3 groups of 10.The first group (the control group) was instructed to ‘just say no’ whenever a temptation to stray arose.The second group was instructed to respond with “I can’t” whenever a temptation to stray arose. The third group was instructed to respond with “I don’t”, whenever a temptation to stray arose.How this worked is as follows.If the groups were asked a question, for example, “would you like some cake?”Group 1 had to respond with “no”.Group 2 had to respond with “I can’t eat cake”.Group 3 had to respond with “I don’t eat cake”After 30 days, they gathered their findings and the results were pretty clear cut.Group 1 had 3 members stay on track.Group 2 had 1 member stay on trackGroup 3 had 8 members stay on trackWhy was there such a big difference between the “I Don’t” group and the others?It all comes down to control. When you use the word no, you are giving an answer to a question, but you are also leaving yourself open to a question as a response.Would you like some cake? No! Why?You then have to explain as to why you don’t want any cake and the next response is usually “I can’t because I am on a diet”This then allows the other person to start and question as to why you are on the diet and then try and persuade you to have some cake because “you deserve it”.  I’d say most of you know this scenario quite well. If, however, you use “I don’t” in the conversation, it becomes a completely different scenario. “Would you like some cake?”“I don’t eat cake”.There is very little chance of a response to this because you have taken control of the situation and the conversation.Even if they did question your response, you can finish the conversation with a similar response.“Would you like some cake?”“I don’t eat cake”.“Why not?”“Because I don’t!”This leaves the other person in no doubt that you do not want any and not to be asked again.This not only is great for situations like these, but it is also great for self-motivation and reaffirming to yourself that you are in charge of your own life.“I don’t stray from my diet”“I don’t miss workouts”“I don’t drink alcohol during the week”“I don’t need to reward myself with food”If you usually use “I can’t” in these situations, you might see why dieting and exercise is so hard for you.“I can’t because I’m on a diet”“I can’t workout because I don’t have time”“I can’t miss another night out with my friends this week”“I can’t leave this to go to waste, sure I’ve been so good this week”As you can see, changing the language from “I don’t” to “I can’t”, can change the situation completely.With the “I can’t” conversation, you are telling yourself that you are not in control of the situation and that external factors can sway you from your goal.Whereas with the “I don’t” conversation, you are telling yourself that you are in control and that nothing will steer you off course.This might seem simple, but it is extremely powerful. You are taking back control of your life and any situation that you might find yourself in, be it diet, exercise or anything else that you might want to achieve. From now on say it loud and say it often; “I Don’t”#TrainSmart(The research was found through an email I received from Dax Moy. www.mindmapcoach.com)Be sure to follow me on my Facebook page and my Instagram to keep up to date on more information like this.To download 40 free recipes, head over to my website http://www.rushefitness.ie/. #TrainSmartDD Fitness: Change “I can’t” to “I don’t” and win was last modified: September 24th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitnessmotivationrushe fitnessweight losslast_img read more