Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
When I look at my life and the experiences that have shaped me into the person I am, I realize that the experiences that were the most painful and hardest experiences gave me the most growth. Would I raise my hand to go through that experience again? NO! But, I am very thankful for the growth in my spirit from those hard situations. When you arrive on the other side of a trying experience that you were victorious at, you tell the story of your glory. The details of how you overcame the hardships become your badge of honor. Some of us sign up for a struggle. Some of us like to push ourselves to see who we can be to make a difference and grow as a human being. Your goal to stop over drinking is going to be difficult. You will stretch and grow from the changes that will be difficult for you on this journey. I know that if it was a piece of cake you would have already stopped.
What are the benefits of doing hard things?
Our brain is designed to avoid doing hard things. We have a motivational triad- 1. seek pleasure 2. avoid pain 3. at the least amount of effort possible In today's world we don't really have that many hard things to do in comparison to how we used to live thousand of years ago when our brain was developing. Our brain hasn't caught up to present day living. Our brains are happy. Why would it want to change? In creating a new habit our brain is going to resist. Changing is going against the grain of evolution. The reward of drinking is a quick fix and our brain has learned it, AND it loves the easiness of the experience. Your brain is saying, "what's the point of changing if this is an easy solution?"
Let me tell you this, there is POWER in doing hard things. The power is revealed to you about yourself when you do it. Hard things force you to grow. Hard things force you to evolve. Hard things make you stretch beyond what you think is capable. Look around you. Look at all of the things that make your life simple. The idea of a lightbulb is a great example.Thomas Edison did not give up after the first attempt. The legend is he attempted 1,000 times. When asked "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." What if he did quit after a dozen or so attempts? Perhaps someone else would have found the solution. But, that next person would also have to try and fail over and over, too. A cell phone, and a car are also great examples of miraculous inventions. The people who invented them signed up to do a hard thing. They stretched their limits. They stretched and grew and thankfully we all benefitted. You can stretch and grow. You can evolve and grow beyond the limits you have now in your life. Your life will benefit. This one hard thing to do will have ripple effects in all areas of your life. Your relationships will benefit. Your day to day activities will benefit. Your negative mental chatter will decrease. Your health will benefit.
You can do this!
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