never give upI want to encourage you right now to never give up on your goal of controlling your drinking or other bad habits. Studies have shown that on average, people try to quit smoking 5-7 times before they actually succeed. The key for them is not to give up.

I recently watched a video on this topic on one of my favorite motivational sites – In the video, a lioness was attempting to catch and kill a zebra for dinner. The lioness ambushed the zebra at the watering hole, and grabbed the zebra by the underside of its throat.  The zebra, determined not to give in and allow the lioness to take its life, pushed the predator’s had down into the water and held it there. Eventually the lioness gave up and the zebra got away – something not very common in those dynamics – but the point is that the zebra did not give up or give in to death.

In our case, giving up means giving in to allowing alcohol to ultimately take our life – if not physically – then spiritually and emotionally.  Life is too precious of a gift to just let drift away. If you’re reading this blog right now, it means that you at least have a spark of hope in you. Let that spark ignite a greater fire in you to pull yourself out of the muck and create the life you’ve always wanted to live!

Here are some tips to get started:

  • Learn from what has worked in the past and what hasn’t, and do more of what works and stop doing the things that don’t.
  • Let slips be a “wake up call” for what life could be like if you don’t get control of your drinking, and then focus on the times where you were in control.
  • Begin to incorporate more of the positive influences from when you were successful at controlling your drinking or when you drank less – such as a better job, peer group, living arrangement, fitness program, etc.
  • Get rid of the negative or toxic relationships or situations that may be dragging down your positive momentum.
  • Check out this blog and video – “Drinking Because You Feel Stuck and Hopeless?”
  • Celebrate any little success!! Drinking 1 bottle of wine instead of 2 is progress!! Gain from the confidence of knowing that you are drinking less, and can drink even less than that when you’re ready.