What's your Vision for your Future Self?
A massive part of my success in quitting booze was having a clear vision of who I wanted to be, not the person I was waking up hating. I switched my focus from what I didn't want to be but to where I wanted to go.
I started to think about future me. What did she look like? What did she do for fun? How did she handle herself in social situations? How did she relax? What sort of people would she surround herself with? What would she wear? What would she eat and drink?
It sounds a bit crazy but putting pen to paper and writing about who I wanted to become gave me clarity and a purpose. It also enabled me to take small baby steps toward becoming that person.
How do you get to where you are going if you don't know where you want to go?
You need to know where you are now and where you want to be in the future.
Have you ever taken the time to write down your vision for future you?
It's not easy at the beginning or when you are in the grips of alcohol to imagine yourself clear and free. So just imagine small chunks of time. Set yourself the goal of 6 weeks first up. Write down in a journal how you would feel if you stayed alcohol-free for 6 weeks. What does that version of you look like? How does that version of you feel? How would you feel about yourself?
Some guidelines to creating future you:
1. Be clear and concise. Don't be wishy washy. Really pinpoint the details. What you would wear, what you would eat, imagine how you would look, even how you would hold yourself.