Is not drinking really the best thing since sliced bread? Is it as amazing as people say? How can not drinking possibly be more fun than drinking? Annie Grace shares her own experience as well as some of the reasons why we feel we need alcohol for fun.
If you asked me about the one thing that makes This Naked Mind so different from anything else, I would have to say emotion. It is the emotion when people feel really ready to make a change, when they’ve had that mindset shift, when they’ve gone through all the materials and the methodology and they get this feeling that it’s not that they never get to drink again it’s that they never have to drink again. And, interestingly, according to all sorts of new research, it is emotion, especially positive emotion, more than anything else that predicates how long a change will stick, how long it will last. It is emotion. When you feel excited about a change in your life. When you feel thrilled you’re making this new difference, instead of feeling deprived like you’re missing out, everything changes. And it really makes it that This Naked Mind can stick for the long term. If you want to know more about how to truly change your emotion around drinking, I want you to join me at nakedmindpath.com. It is the path to changing your emotion and changing your feelings and really finding freedom in your relationship with alcohol.
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Today a reader asks – Is life more enjoyable without alcohol?
I remember so vividly thinking how does anybody even have fun not drinking alcohol? I remember my parents weren’t big drinkers and in fact, they just didn’t drink. Yet, as soon as I discovered alcohol I was so certain that it was so fun.
It was something that I was certain of. I like to say that I was as certain of it as I was am certain that the sky is blue. It was unbelievable to me that you could find life enjoyable without alcohol. I couldn’t even accept the idea that maybe not drinking alcohol would be just as fun. I was so afraid of not drinking. It felt like it would be literally robbing the joy from my life.
When I tried to not drink I was always doing it with this pretense of poor me, I don’t get to drink. In this belief , whether it was a belief I was thinking consciously or whether it was a subconscious belief, my belief was this isn’t gonna be as much fun if I’m not drinking alcohol.
Then I did something that was totally new and totally different. I let go of the fear for a minute and I got curious. Things started to be interesting and fun even if I wasn’t drinking. I started decoupling the relationship between every single activity in my adult life and booze. One by one, I started to decouple and analyze. What will it be like to be at a sporting event without a drink? How about attending a wedding without a drink? What’s it gonna be like to be on vacation without a drink?
We’ve gone to two all-inclusive vacations without drinking. Not only is life more enjoyable without alcohol – I’ve learned a few things along the way.
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Keep listening to hear what I’ve learned about why life is more enjoyable without alcohol.
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