You probably woke up with a mental “to-do” list of things you need to accomplish today or maybe this week. Things like picking up the dry cleaning, scheduling a few meetings at work or paying the electric bill that’s due in a few days. But, are you too caught up in the day-to-day to see the bigger picture? Are you actively working towards the future you want or simply just getting by?
If you’ve dealt with drug and alcohol use and abuse in the past, you may have been too drained emotionally and physically to envision a brighter future and take the steps towards making your personal and professional dreams a reality. One of the many benefits of pursuing a life free of addiction is that you have more time, money and emotional resources to actually plan for the future. If you’ve graduated from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, you’ve likely learned new life skills that you can finally put to good use.
Creating a life plan is an excellent way to start living life with intention – one where you map out your long-term goals and actually do the work to make them happen. If you are ready to start living a more focused life and start pursuing your dreams, here are few tips to get help you get started.
Living with Purpose & Creating a Life Plan
- Think about your spiritual goals. It’s easy to get caught up in a secular lifestyle that’s focused on accumulating wealth, power and status. But, if you are prioritizing things that aren’t serving Christ, ask yourself if that is really your calling. Take a few minutes to consider some of the spiritual goals that are important to you and your family such as reading the Bible together on a daily basis or participating more regularly in a Bible study group. What kind of Christian are you striving to become?
- Consider how you want to improve your health. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the scripture says “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” Are you taking care of your physical body in a way that honors the Lord and the gifts that he has given to you?
- Visualize where you want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years. It may seem overwhelming at first to develop a comprehensive life plan that encompasses all of your priorities. One easy way to get started is to take a few minutes to visualize how you want to live and where you want to be on your life journey. Where are you living? What is a meaningful profession you’d like to pursue? Once you’re able to visualize the life you want, make a few notes in a journal or notebook that describes the Christian that you want to become.
One of the most powerful aspects of addiction recovery is that you’ll no longer be shrouded in a cloud of despair or self-doubt. Take this opportunity to finally identify where you want to go in life – and work with an addiction recovery specialist to map out how you can get there.
A Christian Partner to Guide Recovery
As a Christian in recovery, you must find your way back to the Lord before you can achieve a truly lasting recovery. The founding principle of Christian Rehab Network is that you should never have to walk that journey alone. Call (877) 310-9545 to begin the process today—or to learn more about the distinct advantages of faith-based sobriety programs.