Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of my 30 days to sobriety.

So far I have been writing my posts and doing my homework at my previous ‘happy hour’ – which I now confess (to myself and others) starts at 4pm, even if I can’t see a clock (I’m like the dog knowing when the owner is due home).  Not yet one week off the boozing and I can see that 4pm on a Monday, home alone, is not an appropriate time for a drink.

Today I am doing my homework earlier – not because I am planning a drink at 4pm – but because I am prepping for a colonoscopy and gastroscopy tomorrow.  Which, in case you don’t know, is probably even less fun and messier than a massive hangover.  The only upside is the freedom from self-hatred, but the self-pity is likely to be strong, as is the need for adult diapers as my appointment tomorrow involves driving in the Auckland rush hour.  Which is bad enough to need adult diapers on normal days.

Ok that was as far as I got before the literal pooh hit the fan, so I never finished this one yesterday – how-ever did you cope? – I hope you did not fall off any proverbial wagons.

So lets stop talking pooh and start talking Goal Setting – which was the focus of day 6.  It was sensible stuff I was all too familiar with having taught it often.

The key things Day 6 content reminded me was – make your goals SMART.

There are a few variations on the SMART goal idea but here are the key components:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable/Attainable
  • Realistic/Relevant
  • Time-bound

The other thing is being careful not to word your goals in the negative. I will NOT smoke, or I will NOT eat Cake.

Try this – don’t think of an elephant, don’t think of its big elephant ears or long grey elephant trunk. Are you thinking of an elephant? Exactly!

However just setting the goals isn’t enough as we saw in the habits series.  I am being challenged to re-read them twice a day (out loud no less). Which will be good for me, as I tend to go wild and crazy goal setting then put them away.

Ok, on to Day 7 we go …. see you there ….


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