As 2015 has ended and 2016 is here, there will be the usual emphasis on New Year’s resolutions. Here’s the truth about resolutions, according to the website statisticbrain.com:
- 25 percent of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week.
- 60 percent of people abandon them within six months. (The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution ten separate times without success.)
- Only 5 percent of those who lose weight on a diet keep it off; 95% regain it. A significant percentage gain back more than they originally lost.
- Even after a heart attack, only 14 percent of patients makes any lasting changes around eating or exercise.
But I’m not here to talk about resolutions. I’m here to talk about the goals that should be at the top of every alcoholic drinker’s list – the direct rewards of putting down that drink.
1. Your Well-being Will Instantly Recover
As your body gets rid of the poison, that sick and tired feeling will start to go away. Your liver will begin to heal itself and start to rid your body of the toxins that caused you to have those aches and pains in the first place.
2. Your Skin Will Immediately Improve
Because your liver will start to recover, your complexion will start to come back and your face will show an incredible improvement. Lack of alcohol will improve your sleep, therefore ,improving your attitude. You’ll be amazed by how many compliments you will get about how great you look.
3. You Will Think More Clearly
Your thoughts will be more concise and clear. The clever and cool you will start to emerge. You will definitely have a greater grasp of the world around you.
4. You Will Have More Money
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. No more bars, clubs, bad dates, run-ins with the law, etc.
5. All of Your Relationships Will Improve
Wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends and co-workers will be amazed at the person that they now interact with – the new person in front of them. Therefore, you will feel an honest love of who you have become. And that’s invaluable not only to the people around you, but most importantly to yourself.
6. It Will Motivate You to Take Action
When you stop drinking, you will start to execute your goals. You will start to take action. You will want to get healthier. Exercise and diet will become important.
7. It Will Help You Overcome Resistance
Of course every dream, or goal will encounter resistance. Remember…Iron Sharpens Iron. However, from the moment you set a goal to stop drinking, you will begin to feel the gravity to move forward towards a life of sobriety. Embrace it; it will only make you stronger.
8. It Will Empower You to See and Rejoice in Your Progress
Life can be rather stubborn at times. It becomes very hard when you aren’t seeing the fruits of your labor. But when you can look back over time at your sobriety, you start to develop that “never give up” attitude. It allows you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go – giving you time to revel in the big and the small victories of life.