Committed-rockclimber-300x199If you are reading this blog, it’s probably because you have told yourself that you’re tired of drinking – tired of feeling hung-over – or tired of having your friends or loved ones nagging you all the time. Maybe you’ve even been confronted by your boss or your doctor about your drinking. But until you really decide to do whatever it takes to get control of your drinking, it’s really just another “good idea.”

So let me ask you right now, how committed are you – REALLY – to getting control of your drinking? You’ll know because you’ll feel it in your gut, see it in your eyes and in your posture – hear it in your inner (and outer) voice. If you’re there, then congratulations because you are past the hardest step. When your mind is in the right state, you can overcome just about anything.

But what if you did your gut check and you think maybe you aren’t quite as determined as you need to be. Then let me give you a few things to think about to help you get there.

Every time you choose to drink in order to handle a negative situation, you are simply postponing resolving the issue and, more than likely, making it worse. Every day that goes by is one fewer day that you have left to spend on this planet. And drinking only helps to decrease that number even further.

Where do you see yourself in a year? Five years? Twenty years? Does it include children or grandchildren? What about a great career? Are you headed in that direction now given your current lifestyle and drinking habits? If the answer is “No,” then it’s time for you to do a little soul-searching.

You don’t HAVE to drink in order to deal with your life or your past. In fact, your life would be much better and you’d be able to handle your past more effectively without alcohol distorting your emotions.

Maybe you don’t think it’s possible to get control of your drinking without going to AA or rehab. If so, then first and foremost, you must change your mindset and you have to KNOW that you CAN do it! I did it! But you have to take the first step and COMMIT to yourself. If you have to, find someone else to do it with you. Set a specific date and try going a few days without drinking. Click here for more information on Achieving Alcohol-Free Days. You’ll be amazed at what you find out about yourself and it will give you the confidence – the KNOWLEDGE – that you DO have the ability to control your drinking and the motivation to commit further.