10 Top Reasons to Go Extended Periods without Drinking Alcohol

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Cultivating the Confidence and Discipline that Lead to Control of Drinking and Bad Habits

I recently read a blog on confidence and self-discipline on the website pickthebrain.com. It’s called “How to Build Self-Discipline” - check it out if you’d like).  The blog is about 7 years old, but just like any timeless wisdom, it has important points for today and especially they relates to controlling drinking and bad habits. I know it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, or caught up in a funk because of situations that just don’t seem to improve. It’s tempting to either feel like a victim and … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Others Push Your Buttons (or Drive You to Drink)

I routinely encourage people to take a Life Inventory and determine areas of their life that may need improving or may be triggering drinking. Then the next step is to create goals in those areas that need improving and develop action plans to accomplish those goals – and a HUGE part of designing that plan is to identify obstacles that interfere with taking action and accomplishing goals including external and INTERNAL obstacles. Internal obstacles are things about YOU or that YOU do that … [Read more...]

Moderate Drinking as a Form of Self-Love

Do you ever ask yourself why you want to be able to drink moderately instead of abstain altogether? Sure, at first we’d probably say that it’s because we enjoy wine with food, or an ice-cold beer on the back deck, or perhaps being able to drink our favorite mixed drink with friends. But at a deeper level, we really want to be able to drink moderately because we want to be “normal” – we don’t want to be “weak” or have anything “wrong” with us.  Unfortunately, thinking that there might be … [Read more...]

Stop Judging Yourself Because of A Bad Habit or Addiction


It seems to be human nature to focus on the negative - especially about ourselves. I really don't know why but a person can give you 100 compliments and one criticism, and what you'll remember or obsess over is the criticism. We do it with our own self-talk as well. If something about us is less than positive or perfect, that's what we seem to focus on and DISTORT. And if you have a "bad habit" or addiction that you turn to in order to escape or cope or feel good, you're probably judging … [Read more...]

Finding Your Inner Warrior – The Strength to Persevere

Sometimes we find our commitment to goals or resolutions wavering. Sometimes it’s simply because we aren’t seeing enough progress quickly enough, or because we get bored with the process or program we are trying to follow. What we have to remember is the ultimate result that we are striving toward and how incredible we will feel when we get there. You have to begin to find pleasure in digging deep and finding your own inner warrior and drive to persevere. It begins by wanting to accomplish … [Read more...]

Recipe for Success

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In the last blog post I mentioned turning to a routine or activities that work for you in order to get you motivated and goal-focused again. Anytime I get off course and find myself living a less than ideal lifestyle, allowing some of my bad habits to creep back into my life, I start over by planning out a routine such as listed below. I SCHEDULE it into my day, and I write it down in my calendar. It looks something like this: Coffee and sit quietly- yes, I admit that I am addicted to … [Read more...]

How to Get Motivated to Control Your Bad Habits – When you don’t know where to start…


So it’s the middle of January and I’m wondering just how strong your commitment is now toward accomplishing your New Year goals. Do you find yourself just sort of treading water and not really knowing which way to swim in order to get where you want to go? What IS your goal or desire anyway? Did you intend to lose weight or cut back on drinking, or spending, or any of a multitude of bad habits – but you just can’t get motivated or decide WHERE to start? Start by thinking back on the things … [Read more...]

No Bull Sheet Excuses – Stick to your plan!

New Year 2015 Plan

Okay, it’s January 5 and you've made it through the holidays. Hopefully you have thought about your objectives for 2015, and you’re ready to start implementing your new plans and “resolutions.” You have planned out your goals (weight loss, professional, financial, relationship, etc.), you've planned HOW you’ll accomplish those goals including how you’ll deal with current and potential obstacles. And in your plan, you should have considered how you’ll handle your INNER obstacles as well. You … [Read more...]

How and Why to Go a Few Days Without Drinking Alcohol

Check out this video to get motivated and start to experience a few days alcohol-free (AF). You'll feel SO MUCH BETTER!! … [Read more...]

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