Yesterday afternoon I was sitting on a rooftop overlooking the entire Panama skyline while doing a coaching call with one of my clients and I had to take a moment after the call just to be thankful. I feel so blessed to be able to travel the world and work from wherever I am. It made me realize that my sobriety is something to be truly grateful for. As I sat there I became more mindful of how sobriety has played a huge role in where I am today. I began to notice the domino effect of sobriety in my life.
What I mean by this is that becoming sober has opened the door for so much more opportunity in my life. Had I not gotten sober I may not be in the position I’m in today. In fact, I know I wouldn’t be.
For me, the domino effect started with my health. Because I got sober my health became much better. This gave me a clearer head, a cleaner body, better sleep and more clarity.
With a better well-being and clearer thinking I was able to successfully start my marketing company and have subsequently grown it into what it is today. Had I still been that crazy party girl I would not have been able to focus, build or maintain the growth of the business because my life would have been laced with hangovers, bad decisions and much less energy. Not only that, but I was able to save the money I was spending on my vices and put it to good use for my business as well as to save for my new and seemingly much more important wanderlust affection.
The next domino that fell into place is the flexibility and success of my business thanks to my unclouded vision to create a virtual environment. This affords me the ability to travel and enjoy life while being able to work from anywhere. This to me is invaluable. If I trace my business roots back to the beginning, it directly correlates with my sobriety.
The most recent domino in the equation is the coaching business I’ve developed as a direct result of my sobriety. I’m able to come alongside other people who may be struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, faith development or just life in general. Within this is it’s own domino effect.
By working with other people, they too begin to grow and develop more of their potential, creating the ability to in turn go forth and help others. It is such an amazing way to see the “pay it forward” approach in action.
I’m not reflecting on these things to brag or boast, but rather to demonstrate that sobriety has so many benefits that we don’t realize are even possible when we are first starting out and to offer inspiration that you can change your life from being a mess into being a success. I had no idea early on in my sobriety that it would have such a tremendous ripple effect.
It just goes to show that what we do today truly makes an impact on our tomorrow. Whether you’re practicing sobriety or not, keep in mind that everything you’re doing in this present moment has an effect on your future. Just as I have reflected on where I am today and how I got here, I encourage you to do the same.
If you’re not where you want to be now, start making changes to how you’re living today so your tomorrow’s can look more like the visions you have for them or perhaps even better than you can imagine. I know mine continue to unfold in ways I never thought were possible until now.
Sending love and a little monkey business from Panama.