Giving up alcohol is a life changing decision. Once you quit drinking, there are going to be one of three outcomes. You will either relapse, become a dry drunk or create a new life for yourself.
It is obvious that you do not want to relapse and go back to the bottle. Becoming a dry drunk is pretty awful too, basically you have given up drinking but are continuing to try and live the same life. This will create a void in you that will ultimately lead you back to drinking. The last and only real option is to create a new life for yourself by asking ‘What do I want out of life?”
It pays off to really think about this and then put your thoughts on paper. You can do this in a few different ways.
Just before I took the plunge and quit drinking, I wrote out a list of positive statements as if they were already true. Each statement that I wrote reflected something about myself or my life that I wanted to change.
Here are a few of the statements that I wrote out just before I quit drinking:
- ‘I am healthy and smoke free, I have given up smoking and drinking for my health and I want to be a good example for my children as well as smell good for my husband!’
- ‘I eat power foods, lean meats, lots of vegetables and salads, I have reduced my intake of processed foods’
- ‘I am in good physical shape and have an athletic looking body’
- ‘I work in an environment that I am extremely happy in and I enjoy the work that I do’
- ‘I have a fun and fulfilling life. My family and I have gone sailing, deep sea fishing, hiking together. We have been on safari in Africa, to see the Taj Mahal in India. We have seen the Northern lights and the castles in England’.
- ‘I have written a best selling novel’
- ‘I am confident, fulfilled and happy’
- ‘I get my kicks from my children, husband, family and friends. I do not need to use alcohol and cigarettes’.
- ‘My children, husband, family and friends respect and admire me’
- ‘I am learning new skills’
- ‘I am creating a life that I love’
This list of mine has evolved and changed since I first quit drinking. I can honestly say that the life that I wanted to create for myself is actually happening. It is amazing when you spend some time thinking about what you really want out of life, then write it down and read it often. You begin to create your own reality. It doesn’t happen overnight though and it takes action from you.
Here are some quick tips to get you started:
- Write down five things in life that you want to achieve in your lifetime
- Write down five things in life that you would like to change about yourself
- Read your list daily
- Add to your list when ideas come to you
- Take action and start your list today
- Spend five minutes visualizing the person that you want to be and the lifestyle that you want to live
- Dream big
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