Do you know why you binge today? Essentially it’s because tomorrow just isn’t important enough to you. You have to make feeling good TOMORROW more important than feeling good TODAY – or right now – in the moment. Because when you are in the middle of pouring your third or forth drink and you say to yourself, “I just really don’t give a crap about tomorrow…” you know you’re in trouble.
This is why I push, push, push doing life inventories, identifying your dreams and your passions and creating action plans – REAL ACTIONABLE ITEMS that YOU have control over and can DO instead of sitting around hoping for things to change.
I can’t stress this more. You have to be excited about your life and feeling good tomorrow HAS to be more important than feeling good or escaping whatever pain today.
Here are the steps I recommend for finding the inspiration to avoid the binge:
Step 1 – Start by doing a Life Inventory: If you have the MODER8 Workbook, do Drinking Control Strategy #1 – Getting Motivated. If you don’t have the workbook, you can click to order the downloadable eBook here or else sit down and determine what your life is like in each of these categories:
- Self (Physical health, appearance, mental condition, emotional and spiritual),
- Work or Volunteer Work,
- Hobbies & Leisure.
Step 2 – Determine the areas that may be causing you to want to escape – or areas that would make you enthusiastic or excited about changing. For example, if you’ve always wondered if you could run a 5K and maybe you could stand to lose a couple of pounds, then plan to start training for a 5K that will take place around New Years or so, and also set a goal of losing 5 pounds. Then put together your training plan and suddenly drinking will get in the way of accomplishing your goals. Or maybe you realize that you need more money and you’d like to start your own business. Start to put together an action plan – something that you’re looking forward to accomplishing – and drinking will get in the way.
Step 3 – Schedule out your days – your drinking plan AND your plan to accomplish your goal – and write it down every day. It’s amazing what writing things down will do for your commitment and your accountability. It makes them more real instead of just a fleeting idea.
Once you start to care more about how you feel tomorrow, the less likely you are to binge today. I know this from experience, so go ahead and give it a try!