The quick way to give up alcohol
- Be sure that you really want to give it up.
- Set a date.
- Find something you want to do.
That’s it. Simple isn’t it? The US army had a saying called K.I.S.S. Meaning Keep It Simple Stupid. When new weaponry was introduced to the troops they all came with an operating manual. The manual had to the point and easy to follow. The reason why it had to be simple was because they were at war. You didn’t want to have to look through a complex manual whilst facing a life and death situation. Is giving up alcohol a life and death situation? Well….YES!
So let me better explain my manual for giving up alcohol.
- Be sure that you really want to give up
Look, drinking is fun. That’s why you drink. If there is a tiny bit of you that still wants this fun then you don’t want to give it up. This is because you enjoy drinking. The only way you are going to give in to this heavily seductive drug is to be 100% sure you want to give up. If there is 1% of you that still pines for the drug you will eventually give in. Alcohol is all around us. All I have to do to get my fix is go in to the kitchen open the fridge and pour myself a glass of wine. I can get my fix within 20 seconds of leaving my computer right now and start the party. If I had 1% of me that still wanted to do this you can be sure 1 minute out of every 100 minutes I will simply give in to my impulse and drink.
So if only 99% of you wants to give up put this book down and pour yourself a drink. Enjoy it as you obviously still want it at some point in time. However if you are 100% sure you want to give up as you cannot see how alcohol can help you live a better life in the future then read on.
- Set a date
You need to prepare for this momentous change in your life. As much as you want to say today is the day you give up alcohol it just isn’t going to happen. I suggest setting at least 7 days ahead of today’s date or a date after any social occasion where drinking is expected of you.
In between this time promise yourself that you can drink without restrictions. Treat this time as a party celebrating you eventual cessation of alcohol. It’s important you do this to get it all out of your system. So make sure you drink without guilt or regret. You will thank yourself for it. Trust me.
In between the drinking prior to your give up date I want you to mentally prepare for it. You have to make sure that all the drinking you do prior to your give up date is in exchange for you committing to the date and beyond that you will actually stop. If you need to throw out or give away the remaining alcohol in the house then do it. If you always meet up with some friends on a Wednesday for a drink then let them know you won’t be there next time as you are giving up the drink. If they laugh at you let them laugh. You can’t expect to get support from your fellow drinkers.
Once a date is set you have to stick to it. This is the date that your life moves towards a new direction. It’s an important date so treat it with the respect it deserves. If you have a spouse or partner let them know the date. The more people you let know the more you will be committed to the date. The more committed to the date the more you will be looking forward to this date as this is the date that your life changes for the better. It is the date you have promised yourself to live a better life. You get me?
- Find something you want to do
The first two steps I asked you to do are relatively easy compared to this final step. Being 100% sure you want to give up is why you are reading this book. So the 100% sureness is really a formality. Setting a date is as simple as well……setting a date! But finding something you want to do is the hard bit. But let me tell you why you need to find something to do.
Asking someone to stop doing something is hard to do. If you keep telling yourself “don’t drink, don’t drink” all you will hear is “drink, drink”. So even though you are reading this book which is all about stopping yourself doing something I want you to put that far from your mind. I want you to replace the word “drink” with another word or words that you want to do.
Let me tell you how I found out what I wanted to do. I had a reasonably successful business. The reason why it was successful was because I enjoy doing business. However I did not want to become a workaholic so I would make sure I had leisure time also. So in this leisure time I would drink. But at least I was not working all waking hours.
But then it hit me. I realised I really like business and working. So I replaced my drinking time with working. So my mind was telling me to “work, work” which I rephrased to “do business, do business”. I wasn’t thinking “don’t drink” I was thinking “do business”. You get it? Call it positive affirmation, call it replacement therapy, call it whatever you like. You simply have to find something other than drinking to do. So as soon as you think “drink” you think “xxx”. Replace xxx with whatever you like!
So can I ask you, what do you like doing? What have you always wanted to do? Here are some examples of other things you could do instead of drinking:
self help psychology
running a hobby club
have a child
set up a website
build a house
find a new job
find new friends
join a political party
find a religion
Obviously this is not an exhaustive list. It took me a few days to realise that business was my replacement. So you need to go deep within and come up with an answer. You may even find the answer whilst drunk on your favourite drink. But if you do not find the answer you will struggle to follow through. It has to be something you want to do. You may think there is nothing you want to do but I challenge you that you are simply not asking yourself hard enough.
Now I know you are thinking I have oversimplified giving up alcohol but I am living proof that if you want to give up alcohol you can use this very simple method.
From now on I can only wish you good luck and I sincerely do. Welcome to the rest of your life. Please tell me how you got on at www.giveupdrink.com
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