Through your vision of where you want to go and what you stand to lose by not proceeding, you can create a tipping point about drugs and alcohol in your life. Your goals must be compelling. The number of changes you make in your daily life must be sufficient to give you momentum. Changing one small thing won’t cut it, even if that small thing is a temporary period of abstinence. You need to take action in multiple areas of your life at the same time. The price of not moving forward is brutally high. You can lose self-esteem, self-respect, selfconfidence, your spouse, family, friends, and work. You can even experience poverty, prison, physical and mental disease, and ultimately lose years off your life.
Have you found your tipping point? Everyone’s final tipping point is different and unique. What is most important to you? It could be the dream of driving a car at NASCAR, not losing your kids or getting them back, saving the rain forest or perhaps getting a place to live on your own. It might be that you just know you were meant for something better. If you have found your tipping point, write it down now. Copy it. Post it wherever you frequently look. Put it on your fridge, your bathroom mirror, your locker at work or school, and the dashboard of your car. Make it a screensaver on your computer.
If you haven’t found your tipping point, look deeper. Find something you want that moves and shakes your very core and make it your goal! Spend more time developing your leverage for each life goal, carefully describing every minute detail of what you stand to lose and all you have to gain. This is such an important step. We all fight harder to protect what we have and what we know than we are willing to risk for something new.