Blog Posts From 1000 Days Sober
Look at yourself in the mirror.
Reflect on your image.
What do you see?
Do you see a person who has faced every hurdle in their lives head held high?
Do you see a person who has a strong willingness to change?
Clues of your genuine identities are hidden in your self-perception. For most people, the imagery of their personalities can be dictated by social influences. Before you even have the chance to alter what you think about yourself, you quickly accepted what others say about you.
Reframing the narrative of negativities in your situation contributes to self-improvement. Your self-perception can be a reflection of all your strengths and weaknesses. Being aware of who you are--your shortcomings, problems, and skills--can help you decide more firmly about your drinking habit.
Constantly self-assessing is the key.
In the morning, when you wake up, you can have a wholesome conversation with yourself.
Instead of defining yourself as nothing without alcohol, you can reframe through thinking how your small progress every day has actually made you feel better.
Alcohol is just a thing you have decided to drink. It does not define you.
Utilize positivity in the dialogues within yourself. Instead of dwelling on how you’ve screwed up you’ve become, rephrase the narrative into thinking how everybody makes mistakes. Recognize these as lessons to teach you. You had a drink today. Move on, and don’t drink tomorrow.
Tired of changing?
Instead of dreading how your hard work does not pay off, acknowledge how you’ve become more conscious in your life.
How are your relationships with the people around you? Try a little bit harder every day. Your patience will not betray you.
A STRIVER shared her experience reframing her negative thoughts to something positive at The STRIVE Method For Addictions: Thought Phase.
She commented, “I am fed up [with] working, working, working on myself. Trying, and trying again. I spend a lot of time wondering if I will ever get to a point where I am happy to just be again. Is this possible once you choose conscious living?”
She had reframed this thought into, “The understanding that I am gaining about myself; those around me is invaluable. This is a lifetime choice which at times can be tough.”
Seeing your reflection in the mirror can sometimes bring out the best and worst of you. The process of redefining your self-perception can be tedious. However, one thought changed at a time helps. Generating small steps helps.
Now, step in front of the mirror again. What do you see?