On The Site This Week
On the site this week, there was a couple of videos posted, Should I Try To Lose Weight When I Quit Drinking? Which took a look at the dangers of attempting too much at once.
And, Quit Drinking Alcohol for Health Reasons which as it says takes a look at the health reasons to become alcohol free.
We sent out copies of the new Alcohol Mastery Progress Chart with this weeks newsletter. I’ll be putting it up on the website for free download for whoever wants to use it. It’s a simple, colorful way of checking off the first few days and weeks, giving you some essential feedback to how well you’re doing. If you need to use it as an hourly chart, there’s more than enough room to tick of the hours. One thing is to congratulate yourself often, to pat yourself on your back, and reward yourself throughout the day, especially in the early stages. I’m not suggesting you have a bar of chocolate every hour or you use it as an excuse to munch a whole box of donuts. Remember that whatever you put into your body at this stage has got to be dealt with later on. Give yourself the energy and nutrition that you need to fuel your body and brain through the early days of your change.
You Must Believe That Change Has Got To Happen
Today I wanted to look at one of the fundamental principles of any change. In this case, to become alcohol free you must believe that change has got to happen, it must happen.
One of the first steps in making these massive improvements in your life is to believe that change must happen. If you start out your journey with the belief that change can happen, you have a much better chance of success. There are two sides to this belief.
Part One – You’re Doing The Right Thing
If you want to become alcohol free, the first thing you have to believe is that what you are doing is the right thing for you to do, the right direction for you to go, that stopping poisoning your body with drugs has to happen, that these changes just have to happen, that you have to make the sacrifices and have go through the discomfort to make sure that the changes happen.
If you believe you OUGHT to quit drinking, you really SHOULD stop pouring alcohol into your mouth, or that if only you COULD stop poisoning yourself things would start to get better, nothing will happen. Ought to, should do, or could do anything doesn’t get anything done. Must or have to is a different story.
Part Two – You Are Truly Capable of Massive Achievements
The second element is to believe YOU are truly capable of never putting another drop of alcohol in your mouth again, you must understand and believe that this is a great thing, you’re not depriving yourself or anything, and that from this moment on is the start of your new life. You must KNOW that drinking alcohol is never going to happen again. You have to believe that you don’t need alcohol, you need clean arteries, you need an unfogged brain, you need a working liver. You need your family, your friends, you need your pride and your confidence. If you don’t really believe that you can do it, it will not happen.
The How To
How do you get that belief in yourself that you must change and that you’re capable of changing? You have to get to a place that you know for sure that your life depends on it, that your family depends on you being alcohol free. You need to get to a place that KNOWS the consequences of continuing to poison yourself. You need to get to a place that is so painful for you to think about that you have no other choice but to stop. You need to get to a place where your intelligence is just can’t handle the hypocrisy any more.
You can get to that place through visualisation and inspiration.
By listening and watching other people who were in EXACTLY the same position as you. All these other people know what it’s like to use too much alcohol to the extent that it was ruining their lives, taking away their freedoms, and threatening to rip away the people who are most precious. I’ve been there, everyone who is watching these videos has been there. We know what it’s like.
Those Who Have Succeeded Before You
There are millions of people who have successfully extracted themselves away from this madness. Many of them are only too happy to help, to help you overcome all your fears and frustrations, to help you with ideas about how to get past the first few weeks, or the first few months. They’re going to be only too willing to help you by telling you their ideas and their suggestions about how to proceed.
Awesome! – Awesome! – Awsome!
The other side is awesome. Life without drink is awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration, come over to the forums where you will find a growing community of people just like you and I, all making the changes happen.