While people may tell you that you need to get rid of your addictive personality, they do not have a clue how difficult getting rid of it can be. Addictive personalities can be a bit troubling but that’s not any reason to just let it be. You can just change your entire personality, so instead of trying to eliminate it or giving up, embrace it in a positive and wholesome manner. Your addictive personality may be fixated right now, and your fixations may be on junk food, strange and unproductive past times, drugs, alcohol, or other unhealthy habits. But you work on letting go of these fixations, and you can begin to use your addictive personality for some productive and exciting purposes.
Embrace Your Passion
People with addictive personalities often are very passionate. Therefore, embrace your interests and talent in a productive manner. Learn something new about a subject that interests you each day. Doing something small on a daily basis is a great way to embrace your passions. Keep pushing your personal limits to know more about your passion than you knew yesterday. Then, find a positive way to show the world what you are passionate about. In the process, you are likely to find other people who are passionate about the same things. Of course, also try to branch out at the same time, leaving time to take care of yourself, and visit loved ones. While your new passion or interest might not be destructive, you do not want to be completely single-minded when it comes to it.
Decide where you want to see yourself in five or ten years. Then, break that down into smaller goals that you can constantly be working on achieving. For example, if you want to be a lawyer, but you do not have your high school diploma, then start by setting a goal of earning your GED. Followed by having a 4.0-grade point average for a degree from a community college. In the beginning, you may even need to set goals for every day or week. Give yourself a positive reward yourself with each goal that you achieve. And if you need help with this, don’t be afraid to look for a guide. Personal consultation on your goals is available, and can be highly successful.
Make Small Positive Behavioral Changes
Science suggests that a positive mindset will help improve your overall work, so you will want to also begin to create a schedule that includes some of the following activities:
- Meditating at least one hour each week
- Eat yogurt at least once a day to enjoy the calming effects of probiotics found in it
- Work in rooms lit by an incandescent light whenever possible
- Participate in positive activities that include you in a comfortable group of friends who are doing great things
- Try eating five grams of dark chocolate daily
- Spend 20 minutes each day outside in a natural setting
- Volunteer at least one hour a week
- Find a way to compliment or help someone else each week—make a positive impact!
- Try not to use your credit cards, use only cash or your debit card
While these habits may seem surprising, research suggests that creating these habits in your life will make it easier to stay positive. Then, it becomes much easier to embrace your addictive personality positively.
Make Small Positive Behavioral Changes
Spirituality and religion can aid your addictive personality. It’s hard to find your purpose by yourself at times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get any help. You can find comfort in a belief system and believing in something bigger than oneself, and this, in turn, can help increase compassion, empathy, and attention. Say you want to recover from alcohol addiction, if you have religious or spiritual views, it can help you work through the negative emotions of that alcohol addiction. If you’re not interested in these things, that’s all well and good, but if you may have a passing interest in it, then it could be beneficial to learn more about it.
Take Calculated Risks
One of the characteristics of an addicted lifestyle is that you might be a risk taker. While you may have negatively used that behavior in the past, you can easily take calculated risks to better your situation in life. The first thing that you need to do is envision a better future where you are in control of your own circumstances. Understand that most of the risks you take might very well fail, but you must endure the failures until you hit that one idea that will make you insanely successful. Believe that you can succeed so much that you are willing to tell everyone else who wants you to get a regular job that they can keep their opinions to themselves. Above all else, remember that the amount of success that you experience is proportionate to the amount of risk you are willing to take. While you will need to learn to deal with your fear of making a mistake, grow through each new experience.
Value Your Nonconformity
The chances are that you will never conform to what others believe is normal if you have an addictive personality. Permit yourself to know that is quite acceptable. Just be sure to drop the bad habits if you still have them. For example, if you struggle with drugs, weed, or alcohol, you will still need to stop. The point is to get rid of unhealthy habits that you might cling to. Good things will come from your unique personality only if you cultivate it with healthy habits and wholesome purpose.
Turn your addictive personality into a positive trait by following the advice in this article. Then, you will be a leader and find that others are hustling to try to be just like you.