Thursday, November 7, 2013

You are going to be great. Keep going.


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Recently, I've been doing a lot of reading on the power of the subconscious mind in altering our reality.  The basic premise is that thoughts drive emotions which drive actions.  Therefore, if I have a negative thought, it will lead to a negative emotion which can lead to a negative action.  If this is true, then thoughts are very important!  

Most people walk around on autopilot unaware of what they are thinking at any given moment.  This can be very dangerous if the contents of our thoughts work against us instead of for us.  That is why self-awareness is key to a successful life.  He who masters himself truly has a chance at mastering life.  

I love the picture above.  It reads, 'You are going to be great.  Keep going.'  How encouraging is that?!?  I read it on a website and it was as if someone was sitting on the other side of my computer screen sending me the warmest, most encouraging message tailored just for me.  Of course, I know that wasn't the case but my subconscious mind doesn't and it'll believe anything I feed it.  You can do the same. 

I would invite you to take the statement above and turn it into a more personalized version that reads, "I am going to be great!  Keep going!"  Notice the two parts to this statement.  First, there is the declaration that I am going to be great.  If I am going to be great than, by default, I have ruled out several other descriptors such as awful, a loser, a failure, a waste of time, waste of space, etc.  How freeing is that?!?  If we take it at face value and incorporate it in our lives, it should be very freeing!

The second part of the statement is a simple directive: keep going!  That is, don't stop!  Don't quit!  Don't give up!   We are all tempted to quit when the going gets tough.  We are all tempted to give into self-doubt when the chips are down and it seems like the game is over.  What we choose to do in those moments can define who we will become for the rest of our days.  Choose carefully.  

When we apply this statement to addiction recovery, we see that these are strong words indeed.  In addiction recovery, people undergo a two-part process to getting better.  The first is sobriety.  Sobriety is stopping using any kind of drug or alcohol.  The second part is recovery.  Recovery is starting a whole new way of life grounded in complete abstinence from all drugs and alcohol.  We can insert these concepts into the statement above and we get the following "You are going to be great (read: a brand new life, great adventures in sobriety).  Keep going (read: Don't quit.  Don't give up.")  This is correlates to the new life in recovery based on sobriety, the 12-steps, hobbies, and social connections based around staying sober.  All you have to do is apply it.  The choice is yours.  Be great!

At The Coleman Institute, we love to help people embrace their inner greatness by detoxing them off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, and Suboxone.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.

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