I word them in positive terms because often the brain does not understand the no and hears the bad thing as what you want. For example: Telling a child to stop slamming the door is heard as slam the door but saying Close the door quietly is heard and processed differently and is far more likely to result in less slamming.
Originally Posted by s_lyhne
So for me I'd word your projects like
"I am free of the smoking habit" with actions of perhaps "Identify the triggers that result in me lighting up a cigarette".
"I enjoy social interactions without excess alcohol" with an action of "Grab a large glass of water with a twist at any social event where alcohol is served as soon as I come in the door."
Oogie McGuire - Mac, iPhone & Omnifocus
OogieM on Twitter
Paonia, CO USA