“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”
–Oprah Winfrey

Ever watched an alcoholic struggle with sobriety? I have. I’ve sat in AA meetings and group therapy sessions. I spent time in an outpatient program. Due to my schedule, I ended up in a dual-diagnosed group because it was the only group I could make. You wanna talk about struggle. Holy shit, some of these people were really in it – right alongside their addiction, they had one or more mental illness to contend with. Group and psychiatric therapy were a regular part of their journey to freedom.

And you know what? They fuckin’ showed up. Session after session, they showed up. The ones that weren’t court-ordered? They were there, no matter what. They found a way. They came to decide they no longer wanted to be trapped by drugs or alcohol, and they found a way.

For years, I was an alcohol abuser. It took two DUIs and the threat of jail time to get me looking at recovery. And it wasn’t until I sat in my therapist’s office that I came to understand why. It wasn’t until I made the conscious decision to do better for myself that answers presented themselves. It wasn’t until I saw the cycle I was becoming trapped in that I recognized there was a better way.

You can always find a way. You will find ways to blind yourself to your own truth as easily as you will find ways to expose yourself to it. You will find ways to validate your narrative just as easily as you will find ways to rewrite your story. There is always a way. There is always a path. There is always an answer. The difficulty doesn’t lie in finding the path, the difficulty lies in finding and asking the right questions.

When you make a conscious decision to heal, to move, to grow, to build, the answers will reveal themselves. They’re not always obvious. And rarely are they easy. But they’re there. When you make the conscious decision to do better for yourself, the way forward will open. It is then up to you to make the conscious decision to take those steps and walk that path. But only YOU can make that decision.

The absolute only thing that can get in your way, is you. Take a good hard look at whatever it is you think is holding you back and recognize that it’s something you’re not willing to do, or it’s just an excuse.

Which is it? Because if you really want what you want, there is absolutely nothing that is going to stop you from getting it, but you.

Get moving.
Keep moving.

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