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ADDICTION RECOVERY-PROTECTING & CARING FOR THE FUTURE YOU JOURNAL SERIES
Supporting the Subconscious Mind to Accept a New Self-Image

NEUROLOGICAL REALITY

IF YOU STRUGGLE WITH SOBRIETY BUT ARE STILL WORKING TOWARDS PROTECTING AND CARING FOR YOUR FUTURE SELF...YOU ARE BECOMING THE CEO YOUR LIFE.

OUR AUTOMATIC, PROGRAMMED OR SUBCONSCIOUS WAYS OF BEING (AKA COW PATHS) HAVE A NEUROLOGICAL REALITY.

Just as our muscles will strengthen with consistent use, our other ways of being become conditioned or hard-wired. But the good news is that neuroscience had discovered that the brain is not a "fixed" entity and has more plasticity then we first thought.

However, acquiring new thought, feeling and behavioral responses naturally requires more energy then does the maintenance of old ways of being. The subconscious mind prefers to conserve energy.

We are dealing with a neurological reality here. Opening the door to new possibilities and cementing positive changes involves understanding the learning needs of the robotic stubborn subconscious mind.

WHEN SITUATION A (TRIGGER) OCCURS, WE RESPOND WITH REACTION B. 

Anything we repeat, over and over again, creates a neural highway. There is a very small amount of time available between situation A and automatic reaction B.

However, when we decide to become the CEO of our lives, we must be willing to question our beliefs, our thinking, our feelings and our behaviors. In fact, we need to become a little suspicious about how we operate. 

We need to be open to the possibility that what we have been taught limits us and that a continuation of certain ways of being only serve to deepen the rutted cow paths that do not serve us.

BECOMING THE CEO OF OUR LIVES, PROTECTING AND CARING FOR THE FUTURE SELF REQUIRES A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN HOW TO:

-capture the moment between A and B

-interrupt the pattern

-create a menu of new choices

-redirect our focus to a new, consciously chosen possibility

-execute a new planned path

-measure/evaluate the new outcome

-gather the necessary tools and strategies for maintaining the new path until there is an automatic cemented neurological hold.


To doanswer these questions in your journal:

1. Am I willing to see my old ways of being as habitual neural highways?

2. How much time do I typically have between situation A and reaction B?