As we usher in the New Year we also welcome many changes in the behavioral health field. These changes have been a much-discussed topic here at Phoenix House California this past year. But the New Year brings about personal changes as well, as millions of people all over the world resolved to make 2014 a year of positive life adjustments and goal accomplishments. This desire for personal improvement is commendable, yet many people seem to find themselves a year later having made limited progress.
To create or achieve something new, you often need to let go of something “old.” It could be an old habit, an old possession, an old relationship, an old belief, or an old regret. If you find that you aren’t making progress toward goals in the new year you may wish to examine your life and see what is holding you back or weighing you down. Think about it as like riding a bicycle: the less baggage you have, the further you can go using the same amount of energy. Well, it’s the same for our clients in recovery and for all of us who are chasing our dreams.
In times like this we can all benefit from some inspirational words. I wrote this note for a friend who was going through hardship a few years ago and I would like to share it with all of you. It is called “Believe in Yourself.”
There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be. That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. There are times when people disappoint you and let you down. But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, and to keep your life focused on believing in yourself.
There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them. Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are. So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be. Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the dreams that are meant to come true.
Keep Believing in Yourself!
Paula Rice-Sherman, MS, CAS, Director
Phoenix House Orange County Adult Services