“Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing the answers. You don’t always have to know who you are. You don’t have to have the big picture or know where you’re heading. Sometimes, it’s enough just to know what you’re going to do next.” ― Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess
The BIG Picture: Too Many Puzzle Pieces
One Piece at a Time
Start with the big picture: 100%, and then break that down into its separate pieces or issues and assign a percentage to that part of the bigger picture.
For instance, “I am 100 % overwhelmed and confused about recovery”. Next, break that larger picture of 100% down to the components:
Now you’ve identified 100% of the reasons for feeling overwhelmed and confused. You can then begin to assign tasks and actions that will change or modify the components and make your work manageable.
With just this simple isolating exercise, you then concentrate on actions to manage each issue in your recovery. Determining actions for now and later can help you plan concrete steps. Click To Tweet
Create Concrete Plans for Now and Later
As you isolate the variables of the big picture into separate issues or change your perspective on it, most people feel less confusion and fear.
In addition, the confusion and fear are often replaced with other positive feelings and attitudes such as:
People Will Notice the Positive Changes
I am always interested in how people apply one the healing lessons that I write about on FromAddict2Advocte. Let me know what puzzle pieces you are examining.
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