This post is based on the work of a man called Jim Rohn. Jim Rohn is, is the father of personal development. So it’s somebody that said, “Hey, I believe that life for people can get better but only if they get better,” and he went down this whole, entire path. Unfortunately passed away back in the mid 2000s but I still listen to them frequently, almost daily. And what I like to do is I like to gather the information that he teaches but then apply it to the recovery process, apply it to something that’s a little bit more tangible and realistic for the audience that’s on this station watching this, and also for my expertise. So life can be a complicated puzzle. Recovery can be a very complicated puzzle, a puzzle that has many many many many different parts, intricate parts, small parts, it’s overwhelming. You never see that when you pour the puzzle on the table – it’s like oh my goodness, oh my God, there’s too many pieces here. I don’t know where to go. Well lucky for you, Jim Rohn helped identify five major pieces of the life puzzle. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to use those same five pieces and apply them to the recovery puzzle. And by the way what is recovery? It’s to regain something that’s been lost, stolen or destroyed. What is that? Our connection to our self. Do you have to be struggling with drugs and alcohol to be in the recovery process? Heck no! If you are a family member of someone who’s going through the addiction process you need to find recovery, you need to reconnect to yourself. If you’re someone that went through trauma you don’t even have a substance abuse problem, you probably have to go on the path of recovery. If you’re someone that experienced grief and loss in the past, present for some of us that are experiencing present, we got to be on this recovery journey. And so hopefully this captures a wide enough net that a majority of people can apply the information from today’s talk into their world.
Okay so what are the five major pieces of the life puzzle?
1. Personal Philosophy
The first major piece of the puzzle of life and recovery is Personal Philosophy. What are your beliefs? What are your views? We discuss more about it here.
What is your attitude towards your past? who you’ve been, what you’ve done, what is your attitude towards the people of your past, regardless of what they’ve done? Are there some opportunities for healing? Are there some opportunities for growth? Are there some opportunities for new relationships? What is your attitude towards recovery? We discuss more about it here.
Things don’t really change – the only way things will change is if you change. Human beings have situations in their life and circumstances in their life that they’re not happy with. And then the weirdest part is that they actually could change those things, they could make changes, but then the baffling part, the weirdest part is the fact they won’t change. We talk more about this baffling contradiction here.
There is no point to get into action and to have activity towards your goals if you don’t stop and measure the results, because first of all how the heck do, when you got there, how do you know that you actually improved on the day before? We talk more about getting results here.
Lifestyle is defined as learning how to live well. Again, I like it because it’s so vague because living well for me might be different than living well for you. Living well for you might be different for someone else and that’s okay. We talk more about the different areas of Lifestyle here.
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