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10 Powerful Thoughts to Help You During Your Recovery

Recovery is an ongoing process, not something that you do for a while and then one day you are “recovered.” This may be a hard thing to understand at first, but recovery is a lifestyle change. You’ll hear a lot about daily affirmations and positive self-talk as a way to keep you on your path. That’s why I’ve gathered up ten of my favorite positive thoughts for you. Each one of these powerful thoughts will help you during different stages of your recovery.

10 Powerful Thoughts
  1. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. This one is a great metaphor for the entire recovery process. If you wish to reach your goal of a drug-free lifestyle, remembering that it is a long-term commitment and not a quick sprint will help you pace yourself.
  2. What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. This gem will remind you to focus on what is important: what’s inside you. It doesn’t matter what you have done or what you are going to do: It matters who you are and what you are doing right now.
  3. At any given moment, you have the power to say, “This is not how the story is going to end.” You are in control of your future. You get to decide how the story plays out. Your recovery is part of your story, and you can choose to make sure that your story doesn’t end with a relapse.
  4. Your mind is so powerful it can invent, create, experience, and destroy things with thoughts alone. Your mind is the most powerful tool that you have. If you choose to create positive thoughts and experience positive things, you’ll have a much more positive life.
  5. Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air and thinking you are better than everyone else; it’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone in the first place. This is a goal statement. You want to remember to stop comparing yourself to others. Once you stop doing that, it will be easier to build up your self-esteem.
  6. I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated. This is a daily affirmation that you can recite to yourself every morning. Try standing in the Superman pose while you’re saying it. This will get your testosterone and cortisol levels rising and make you feel more confident throughout the day.
  7. I can choose to let it define me, confine me, refine me, outshine me, or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me. This is another thought that can help you move on from things in the past. You can’t let yourself be defined by your past drug use. That isn’t who you are anymore. You have moved on to a brighter future!
  8. Life does not get better by chance: It gets better by change. You have to take responsibility for your own recovery. By saying this to yourself every day, you are putting the responsibility square on your shoulders. You are responsible for making your life better through change!
  9. Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive experiences. Always remember, positive thoughts breed positive actions. Staying positive can sometimes be hard, but the more you practice it, the easier it becomes and the more positive the people around you become as well.
  10. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. These words from Martin Luther King Jr. are the most powerful on the list. You are in a time of challenge and controversy in your life. Stand up to the challenge and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Write these quotes down and place them around your house. Put them in your lunchbox. Hang them on the refrigerator. Write them in the fog on your bathroom mirror. Give yourself that added motivation you need to stay clean, day after day.