Once an addict, always an addict. You can’t unpickle a cucumber. So many sayings leave us feeling stuck and incapable of change. But you CAN change and you don’t need to stay stuck in a life you no longer want.
No Labels, No Judgment
Not only do I believe you can change, I also don’t feel that you need to hold on to any labels or beliefs that don’t serve you well. So drop the “alcoholic”, drop the “addict”, unpickle that cucumber and focus on making the improvements you need to be the person you want to be. Don’t let others hold you back because of their beliefs. You are the one living your life and you know your capabilities.
In order to change, you must first replace the existing beliefs and experiences that led you to the path you are currently on. You must make what you currently believe to be true – untrue.
Paths to Freedom
Non-traditional. Rogue. Radical. However you choose to change should be as unique as you are. Personalize it to fit your needs.
You know yourself best, so you will know what works for you and what doesn’t. If you have social anxiety and the idea of sitting in a room with a bunch of people makes you cringe, then live meetings might not be your best choice. That’s okay. One-on-one support, online groups, or even a book may suit you better.
Maybe you know you’re going to need something extra to help you get unstuck and start your new life. That could be medication, a retreat, or classes. Don’t be afraid to seek out what will help you even if it flies in the face of societal norms!
The Power of Writing
There is incredible power in writing. When it comes time for me to make a change, I first take that task to paper. I write down the pros and cons of what I am considering. Make a list of your fears surrounding the change. A list of what you hope eliminating the habit will bring you. Write daily and write about anything and everything that comes to mind.
You Can Change
You can change and it can start with your drinking! Start reading This Naked Mind for free today and find out how!
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The One Thing You Can’t Change
There is one thing you can’t change.
Making a change is a personal decision. You can’t will someone to do it for you or anyone else. Likewise, you can’t make a change solely to please someone else.
What you and others can do, is offer or ask for support when it is needed. Often times, knowing that someone is on your side without judgment and without a personal agenda can make a huge difference in your success. Change needs to happen for yourself, but having someone in your corner on the days you question yourself is a valuable tool.