WHEN YOU WANT TO CREATE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT YOU CANNOT WILL OR FORCE NEW PROGRAMS (AKA COW PATHS) INTO THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND.
You can try, but most people
eventually become exhausted, frustrated and give up. With addiction recovery, willpower should
be viewed as a temporary tool. It can help us resist what we might want in the
here and now, for a short time.
One benefit of willpower is that it can allow us to have
breathing space, interrupt patterns and plan for the future.
Yet, there is a limit to how much
willpower we have. Some individuals naturally have more willpower then others.
However, willpower is not meant to be used in a driven prolonged manner.
Willpower will never take the place of systematically teaching the subconscious
mind to accept and absorb new ways of being aka cow paths. If the subconscious mind has already accepted the identity of an addict or problem user, it will maintain the ways of being that are congruent with that identity. Programming has already taken place. To create lasting change we must develop a working relationship with the subconscious mind and respect its learning needs.
To do: answer the following questions in your journal:
1. When I have relied on willpower did the desired outcome last?
2. Did the use of prolonged willpower take energy away from other important parts of my life?
the use of prolonged willpower result in me experiencing
physical or emotional fatigue, making relapse more likely?