Series Two: Blog Ninety
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
The holiday season is a time to reflect and contemplate. I want to challenge you to consider deepening your commitment to lifestyle recovery from addiction behavior. Create a picture of what you would like your lifestyle recovery to look like. Someone once said that what you think about expands. It’s the very property of thought. If you think about what is missing in your recovery life, that is what expands. However, if you focus on what you have, that is what expands. I implore you to do both. Garner the growth that you have attained while considering what is missing so that you can create a clear picture of the life you want to live.
Carefully detail the kind of person you want to become. Consider the following questions that are designed to help you clarify your picture of recovery.
Step 2 asks that we “come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves will restore us to sanity”. Believe is an Anglo-Saxon word that means to “live in accordance with”. Believe is an action word. You may declare that you believe one thing but your actions are something different. In truth, mistaken beliefs sabotage recovery. List the mistaken beliefs that have prevented you from completing your picture of lifestyle recovery. Then reframe the mistaken belief to a self-empowering belief that would inspire you to create your picture of lifestyle recovery.
Mistaken Belief Reframed Inspired Belief
5.________________________ _ 5.______________________
Someone once said that “attitude is more important than the facts”. In order for you to create the picture of recovery you would like, you must examine your past and present attitudes about recovery. List attitudes you think are most important in order for you to create your picture of recovery.
Socrates said “the unexamined life is not worth living”. When it is all said and done, the picture that shapes your destiny is up to you. During this sacred season, take time to carefully examine your picture and fill in what is missing. Happy Holidays!
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