If you’re close to me, you know that I’ve been on a new journey, and giving up alcohol was one aspect of that journey. My story is not one of hitting rock bottom with alcohol but one of the need to simply remove something that wasn’t adding to my life. It started with a desire to improve my productivity but has quickly grown into something that improves both my health and faith as well.
I consider myself a high-achiever. I get things done; however, a couple years ago, I found myself in a rut. That rut was not being able to focus and get important things done. I would stay busy but not productive. Alcohol used to be my way to ease stress and “loosen up.” It was very effective at loosening me up, but not good at keeping me focused. I would feel good but my brain just didn’t work the same. To be honest, my priorities had transitioned from more creative tasks like making music to more software programming. Being loose was great for music but not good for programming. Making this one change has enabled me to code better and stay productive.
Another goal of mine is to simply be the most healthy I’ve ever been. Over the past few years, I have definitely upped my fitness regime; however, I’ve not always made the needed changes as far as diet and everything else that goes into my body. Nowadays, I’m eating a lot more clean but felt that alcohol (especially beer) wasn’t contributing to my goal to be as healthy as I can. If I’m going to go super hard in the gym, I might as well go super hard on my diet and once again remove alcohol. On top of alcohol, I’ve also stopped smoking hookah. Physically, I feel a lot better and have been able to perform better in every aspect of my life.
Over the last year and a half, I have grown my relationship and faith in God to new levels. I’m at a church that I love and am surrounded by people (especially men) who are striving to grow their faith and be the best Husbands, Fathers, and contributors to the community that they can. We share testimonies and alcohol is always one of the top contributors to issues in our lives. It would be crazy for me to not heed these warnings I’ve received from others around continued alcohol consumption.
Another faith based reason I’m done with alcohol is that I’m finding myself in more leadership roles. These roles are small roles within the Church, but I still think it’s important for me to set an example and be even more disciplined so that I can be ready for what’s next. For me, it’s about not doing anything that would cause another man to stumble.
No Judgement Zone
Before I close out this post, I want to be sure I emphasize the point that I don’t see anything wrong with drinking as long as it under control and not something that is put on a pedestal above other way more important aspects of life. Also, I’m not going to be the guy that judges you if I see you drinking. Feel free to continue drinking when I’m around. Simply, it’s my decision not to drink and I’m not going to brow beat anyone who continues to consume alcohol.
I truly hope this post does influence some people to stop or slow down their alcohol consumption. My Faith, health, and productivity have all increased with the removal of alcohol. Simple changes like removing alcohol can and will have a tremendous impact on your life.