If you are joining me on the May 2020 alcohol-free challenge, happy 2 Day Without Alcohol!
Day 2 Without Alcohol
Sometimes quitting drinking seems really, really hard. Sometimes it seems not so hard.
But I want to talk about the hard part because we’re in this challenge.
First off, you can absolutely do this. You’ve done lots of challenging things before and survived, right?
It’s important for you to know that you have it in yourself to do things you think you can’t do.
You Can Things You Don’t Think You Can Do
Hello, we’re living through a pandemic and a quarantine! At the beginning of this did you think you would not be able to do this some days?
We are resilient – as people, as a nation, as a community.
Beyond this, though, what else have you done in your life? I know for a fact you are a strong, resilient, flexible, innovative, and creative person. We all are. Think about some big-time goals you’ve achieved during your lifetime. Some examples are:
- Going back to school
- Training for a marathon
- Surviving a really messy divorce
- Changing careers
- Recovering some health issue
Allow your previous success to determine your future success
We’ve all had stuff that we didn’t think we could survive and then we found a way to get through it all. Reflecting on that and journaling about how you’ve achieved a goal in the face of uncertainty can help you on your journey to quit drinking.
When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I was more scared than I was joyful – and that makes me sad to admit. I love getting gold stars and am a recovering perfectionist and I just knew there was no way I was going to be a perfect anything – mom, wife, business owner, friend – with two infants. The odds were against me to continue trying to be great at it all…..I was just so utterly frightened that I wouldn’t know what to do with two newborns! My fear stole so much of the joy I should have had during that time in my life. I should have known that God would take care of me and that I had what I needed to be a parent of twins. I survived everything I worried about – and you will, too.
Day 2 Without Alcohol Action Items
So, building on what we learned yesterday, this is what we’re going to do to continue to be alcohol free this month:
- Make a different choice today, at the moment and continue to remain alcohol-free
- Reflect back on all your skillsets that you used when you achieved a goal you did not think you could do
- Share your insights on the Facebook page with a judgment-free group of people who are evaluating their relationships with alcohol
Tomorrow I want to talk about the conflicting voices in your head. We all have them and I’ll share what to do when we get both the angel and the devil talking in our ear at us at once. 🙂