Author: Nicole/Thursday, June 15, 2017/Categories: Catholic Charities Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Services at Hope Haven
Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.” - Bob Dylan
Written by: Stan with Hope Haven
Dealing with negative thoughts is challenging for many of us and they are especially difficult for those in addiction recovery. If you want a quality – like courage, determination, happiness, friends – act as if you already have it and in time you will get it.
Decades of research have proven this simple principle works, tiny changes in behavior have a big impact on thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Want to find success? Act as if you are successful. When I was in college I worked at a restaurant. I didn’t like being a grunt, so I acted as if I managed the place. I stood tall, overlooked the crowd, welcomed customers in and asked how their dinner was as they left. I did the things a manager did while busing tables and sweeping the floor; and wasn’t surprised when customers mistook me for the manager, even though I had just wiped down their table and gave them water.
Feeling a little down? Smile and act happy. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin making you feel better. Try it now and see if you feel better. Boost confidence and determination. Squeezing your hand into a fist boosts your willpower and determination. Give it a try and see if you don’t feel stronger and more powerful.
Do you have a fear? Act courageous and you’ll gain courage. It doesn’t mean you’re not afraid, it means you’re acting in the face of fear. When you act with courage, fear melts away. Now you’re in control!
If you want to make amends, act as if you’ve already resurrected the relationship. Do the things, say the words that, think the thoughts that a positive relationship requires.
Are you a procrastinator, spend 3 minutes acting as if you like the task that you're avoiding and you'll discover you will enjoy it more and accomplish it faster.
Want a fulfilling life? Decide what a fulfilling life is for you, then act as if you’re living one and you’ll find that you are.
Use the “As If” principle to change the way you behave and think, your physical appearance and health, lifestyle, speech, technical skill level, social skills, physical environment, just about everything.
If you or a loved one needs help with addiction treatment, contact Hope Haven at 608-251-8881 or HopeHavenHelps@ccmadison.org.
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