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Positive Challenge!!
By jaaga
6/18/2010 10:49:14 PM
I'll just give you a quick intro to me.. I have been diagnosed with Depression, G.A.D (general anxiety disorder), ADHD, OCD, and a mood disorder. Im currently on medication for the depression and the mood disorder, and have tried medication for G.A.D but did not work. I have had a drug and alcohol problem for the last 4 years. I have had one overdose which gave me a minor stroke that has left me with a minor stuttering problem. I have been at rock bottom and its such a horrible feeling, I know. I have completely hated myself and everything I did. My whole entire view of life, the world, the church, and everything was completely overshadowed by negativity. To this day I still have a hard time forgiving myself but i have made so many positive strides, and thats what every single person on this site and everywhere has to see about themselves as well. Just by getting on this website means you are wanting to change and have the willingness to do just so. It's amazing how positive thinking can change your life. "Attitiude determines altitude" Im starting on a path to be a counselor for all of these many problems and eventually want to create a program within the church for addicts. As an addict myself I was always up to taking challenges to help me overcome struggles and make me feel better. I didn't always follow through with them and wish I would have. I've been trying something on my own for the last little while and has helped tremendously. So here is my challenge to every person that reads this, addict or not.
1-Wake up 25 minutes early before you start your day
-Pray for everything you normally would, strength, courage, hope,
gratitude, etc.... But also pray to understand what you are about to
read in the scriptures, and also to recieve all the things you prayed for
like strength, guidance, hope, etc.. from your readings

-Read the scriptures for at least 20 minutes

2- Take 30 minutes before you go to bed
-Write in a Journal, not just any journal though. In your journal write:
- 5 good things that happened to you in your day
- 5 things you are grateful for
(write out "I'm grateful for"... each time, and also try to make it
more than one word.
(I.E. I'm grateful for my loving family and their support)
-5 positive affirmations
(Affirmations are positive reinforcing statements about yourself)
for example; if you are always tired and drained in your life as
your affirmation you could write "I have so much energy and
get amazing rest and sleep" What you WOULD NOT write is: "I
will no longer be tired" because that still focuses on the
negative aspect. The key is to write and say it like you already
are.
- After those you would write down thoughts on your day, life,
situations, wants, desires.. etc. It can be however long you
want it to be.

3 - Pray before you go to bed like you normally would but keep a little handheld notebook and pen handy. After you pray just sit in calm silence for a few mintues and just listen with your heart and spirit... After you listen for a few minutes write down in that notebook any thoughts that came to you during that time. They are promptings from the holy ghost to help you in your life. Do whatever you can to follow those promptings. *Note* Some nights you might get so much that you can't remember it all to write down, but some nights you might only get one thing. It's ok if that happens. Read your notebook periodically throughout your day if you can to remember those promptings.

So this is my challenge to you, do all of this for one month straight without missing any days and see how you feel. You can even write down how you feel before you do this and then again after the month and see what difference it makes for you.
I have done all of this for awhile and it has helped me in so many ways! This will definitely take some effort and a little dedication but it is well worth it!

My prayers go out to all addicts! This will be the fight of your lives, literally. Keep your heads up and know that you are all sons and daughters of an all knowing, loving, and caring God. Trust in Him and in his son Jesus Christ and the saviors Atonement for all of us. I know in my heart that EVERY addict can recover and recieve eternal life. Again you are all in my prayers and I admire every one of you. Best of wishes to all!

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