Looking back on a decision that you made, you might have thought to yourself, I wish I would have thought that through. The problems with making rash decisions about important subjects are that although you can repair whatever problems arise, you still cannot undo the decision you make. If this sounds like something that happens to you regularly, then you could find that your impulsive choices are not becoming of what you are trying to accomplish with your sobriety. Sometimes your fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants decisions can be costly financially, emotionally, and spiritually which can cause more harm than good. Here are some ways to hone your in-the-moment emotions and not make permanent decisions based on your feelings.
Use your principles in decision making.
Working a recovery program centers around living a principled life of honesty, integrity, and humility leading you to make overall better decisions. Take time to consider how this decision will affect your life in the long run. Ask questions regarding how this will trickle into your recovery life. Moving somewhere, for instance, is a huge decision to make and could cause your recovery to suffer. Changing meetings, finding a new sponsor, or feeling out of place, could put you on the fast track to relapse. You should figure out if you are running from something or if this is something that will cause you and your family to flourish in the long run. Your principles are key to making the correct decision for you.
Use others in decision making.
The thought process behind getting a second opinion works well. Saying out loud to someone else what you are thinking about pulling off is important to truly reflect whether your feelings are taking over or if you are really making a quality decision that will create beneficial results. Although something may seem like a good idea floating around your head, you could reach a real moment of clarity by using someone else’s perspective to your advantage. The whole “one person with an addiction talking to another person with addiction” mentality really works for getting through life and making quality decisions.
When your emotions run high, the best thing you can do is calm down before you do something you might regret. Make sure you are in the right state of mind so you will come to an appropriate resolution to heed great results.
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