Want a super-easy way to strengthen your resolve when it comes to, well, just about anything? Replace “I can’t” with “I don’t”. In practice: If you’ve been crushing it on the health front and someone asks if you want to  grab a monster cookie the size of your head {and you would really rather not}, instead of shrieking “WTF no, you know I can’t eat that!” try replying “nah, I’m good, I don’t really eat cookies.” The shift is subtle, but the impact is dramatic–reframing your thinking {and speaking!} from “can’t” to “don’t want to” helps to ditch the diet mindset and should leave you feeling empowered rather than deprived. Bonus: You’ve heard the phrase “fake it until you make it,” no? It totally applies here. Even if you currently DO eat junk food, thinking of yourself as someone who DOESN’T–and then actually saying so aloud–can help you to cut back. What kind of person do you want to be? What is she like? What does she do? Believe it, become it. Seriously, it works on everything from ending a crazy night out {“I don’t want to drink too much tonight, I want to make sure I’m fresh for half-marathon training tomorrow AM!”} to foregoing frivolous purchases {“I don’t spend my money on lattes every day…I’d rather get myself new Lulus at the end of the month.”} You’ll be surprised how real-world applicable this little life hack is. Try it out!



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