How Sobriety Changed My Life – Darren’s Story
Sobriety Changed My Life
Darren’s sobriety story: Before I chose sobriety, I was drinking two or three times a week (I favored cabernet sauvignon, especially Californian wines), but I never considered myself an alcoholic.
I had operated in the same sector for a decade and was extremely effective in my executive role as a prestigious systems integrator. Even on nights out when I did consume alcohol heavily (almost always trying to sign a deal), the worst consequence I had to deal with was a nasty headache the next morning.
Despite having the ability to cope with the occasional hangover, I was unfulfilled. I wanted success and I was so far from where I am today. If you want to kick off your own business venture. Or perhaps you currently have one but believe you have room to expand. Here are five reasons you should challenge yourself to quit drinking alcohol this year:
1. Enhanced Effectiveness
When you’re clear-headed, you have the power to operate at your optimum capability. You’re rational, logical, focused, and you wake up feeling amazing every day (this advantage alone cannot be stated enough). When I was drinking alcohol, my effectiveness on any given day may have been just under 90%.
Since sobriety, I feel like I’m working at 98% on most days. What’s incredible is that this small improvement has had a rapid impact on what I’ve accomplished with my business. Whenever I’m on the telephone with a potential client or investor, for example, I have slightly more energy, passion, and choose better words.
Ultimately, I have extra sharpness. It is this slight advantage that has accelerated my results so significantly.
2. Learn Self-mastery
Self-control and self-mastery are essential skills that must be mastered if you want to flourish as a business owner. You need to have the self-restraint to concentrate on primary goals.
You really need discipline to gear yourself up to work late nights or weekends. All so you can close your next contract, hit your next milestone, hire the right expert to help your business. The hard truth is that drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or making use of narcotics. Even when only every once in awhile, is the precise opposite of self-control.
It’s a total distraction from you getting done what you have to get done, and taking your business where you want it to go.
Picking sobriety is not easy and calls for self-discipline. In a country where alcohol is ingrained into the fabric of life. This type of self-control develops self-esteem, focus, and gives a healthy and balanced upgrade to your self-confidence.
3. Concentrate On The Right Stuff
Running your own business venture is all about energy, persistence, traction and calculated risk. You need to orient yourself towards true value-added tasks that drive genuine results for your business. This means you have to be tough and learn to say no to those tasks that don’t.
This may seem crazy, but driving to the posh liquor store and contemplating which expensive bottle of red wine to buy for supper takes your time and energy. Being drunk certainly drains you of your energy and life force.
What if you could dedicate 100% of your time and focus only on actions that will yield positive results? When you’re committed to sobriety, you’re a mean machine. You’re able to channel your energies to where it matters most.
4. Improved stress and anxiety management
I used to think that alcohol helped me cope with the stress of life, I was wrong! Yes, being an entrepreneur is stressful. When you own your very own business depends on what you deliver. You typically experience regular frustration or failure, suffer from anxiety, or have very few people to speak within your organization who can relate to how you feel.
Do you genuinely believe getting drunk on a Saturday evening is going to help with stress? Obviously not. Committing to sobriety reduces your stress by enabling you to control and regulate it. Although it is not a total remedy for all stress, you are undoubtedly better geared up to manage it with a lucid mind.
5. The Rat Race Won’t Quit
Because you are not operating at your full potential, you have not been able to quit your day job. However, you still imagine daily going “all-in” on your own business idea. You feel enormously frustrated. Perhaps you’re creating income, but it’s nothing meaningful, and you’re embarrassed by your results so far.
You doubt your ideas and question if your whole business concept is as good as you first thought. Years of planning and dreaming have been totally useless this entire time. This is how I felt about my business before I quit drinking.
This was my exact lifestyle before getting clean. If absolutely nothing is working, then you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to obtain by trying a unique and sober approach.
Challenge Yourself Today
If you’re like me, you most likely never considered sobriety as a business strategy. Hey, who would?
Perhaps you don’t really think you have a problem with alcoholism. Especially if all those around you are drinking at the same rate. What I would say to that is, there is no safety in numbers when it comes to alcohol.
Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt
If you are ready to give this a go, then commit to doing at least a few months. This will give you time to see how much your business and career improve. If the thought of going a few months without a drink terrifies you, then you definitely should do it!
About the author: Craig Beck ([email protected]) is a British personal development and self-help author who has written several bestselling books on alcohol addiction. Using his experience as a former problem drinker, combined with an expert knowledge of human behavior. He has gone on to help over 50,000 people to quit drinking, without willpower, rehab or medication. More Information >>>