Anyone who is in alcohol or drug addiction recovery and working their recovery steps understands the amount work that is required to maintain sobriety. In recovery, you don’t dream – you do. Being proactive about achieving what you want in your life is how you take a dream and turn it into reality. So, in honor of Make Your Dreams Come True Day, we put together five ways to get motivated and make your own dreams come true.
Focus on One Goal in Drug Addiction Recovery
When you start fresh after treatment for drug dependency, it’s easy to get carried away with all the new ideas and goals you want to accomplish. However, focus is going to be your best asset. Write a list of all the things you want to accomplish this year, then from that list, choose only the goals that directly align with and support your alcohol or drug addiction recovery.
Get Inspired to Achieve Your Goal
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Some people get inspired from being outside in nature while others may find it in a one-on-one conversation. Think about what fuels your passion to steer clear of drugs and alcohol abuse, and create a touchstone for times when you are in a bit of a slump. A vision board, a journal, or a daily affirmation hung on your wall is a great place to start.
Make a Commitment and Share It
It’s easy to make a commitment to oneself. It’s sticking to it that is the hard part. Once you’ve made the commitment to yourself, share it with as many people as you can. Having the extra accountability from all the people who want to see you succeed will help push you towards your goal when your self motivation is lacking.
Meditate on Your Goals and Commitments
The more you think about what you want to achieve, the more likely it is to come true. Immerse yourself in your goals and positive affirmations. As we said above, create a motivational phrase or simply write out your goal and post it in a place you will see it every day.
As humans, our minds are hardwired to think critically and we can sometimes automatically think about how hard something is going to be. While it is good to think critically in life, it can definitely be debilitating to your goals. Try to stay positive by flipping it around and think about the benefits as opposed to the difficulties of what you want to accomplish.
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