Addiction runs throughout my blood. My grandpa was an alcoholic and when he quit, he became a smoker. My Uncle was also an alcoholic, and unfortunately spent some time using other drugs. My mom chose to stay away from any addictive substance. With addiction, the trait can be found in you if you’re related to anyone who suffered from addiction in the past.
Addiction: You don’t know when to stop doing an activity or taking a substance. You become obsessed with something that satisfies your needs. You may think you’re fine, and you’ll even deny your addiction to something that “makes you feel good.” Too much of a good thing becomes destructive. They’ll engage in destructive behavior that has a negative consequences on their relationships. When they finally admit that they have a problem, they’ll realize that they’re hooked on something they can’t quit. They’ll refuse to put down the drink, cigarette, or anything that gives them that dopamine high.
Dopamine, in plain speak- is the chemical that drives the “reward system” in our body. When we indulge ourselves in something that feels good, dopamine is released, and furthermore this strengthens the bond we might have with whatever gave us our “fix.” Dopamine- dope??
The addiction trait may be relevant in drugs, alcohol, but other times it might even stem to the Internet, or some people surprisingly with Video Games! They don’t know when to put the controller down that it takes over their life! It sounds silly, but some people actually tell stories about their video game addiction and how it affected them.
However, as much as addictive personalities can fall victim to negative activities, addicts can use their “powers” for good. People can shift their addiction into something positive. For someone who was addicted to drugs, they can find new life in exercise and fitness. Tom Wysoki, a former professional distance runner and marathon record holder is an example for how you can move your addiction over to positive traits. He was hooked on drugs up until his Junior Year in High School. Wysoki made the decision to apply himself to long distance running over chasing the “high” he would never get. Meanwhile, most of his friends never broke free from their drug use. They passed away.
You see, when you have an addictive personality, you become obsessed to get your fix. You rationalize any thought in your mind, or setback, to let yourself go after what you chemically need. You behave as if you absolutely cannot live without whatever you’re addicted to, and your brain tricks you into a relapse. In a positive light, if you quit and cut out all of the negative energy associated with addictions, you can transform your work ethic and goal setting skills.
The formula is simple, if you’re addicted to your passion or job, you’ll be persistent with your efforts and stop at nothing to achieve success.
You have to rewire your neurons for what drives your addiction. At that point, you’ll work so hard and put in an abundant amount of time and effort into something productive. When you’re obsessed about something, that’s the only thing buzzing in your mind. It drives you, and motivates you to go out and succeed. When you’re addicted to something what happens once you get your fix?
When you’re addicted, nothing is ever enough.
With this mindset, the first taste of success won’t feel like anything to you. You’ll fantasize about the feeling, but after pouring in the hours and effort, you still won’t feel satisfied. You’ll relentlessly chase your newfound passion.
“Be happy, but never satisfied” – Bruce Lee
An average person will put in the required work at minimum effort and call it a day. They won’t go anywhere if they’re doing what everyone else is doing. How can you expect to be head and shoulders above everyone, if you’re not looking for a way to gain an edge on your opponents? You’ve got to find an edge, and OUTWORK your opponents.
The addict puts all of his time and effort into selfish, meaningless behavior. The winner uses his traits for good, and relentlessly chases success. You can go give in and take the easy path, but you’ll numb your brain to whatever keeps you satisfied. You have to reroute your addiction into something useful.
Transfer your addiction into a new passion, one that will utilize your creative energy and bring out the best in you…
A lot of people will mistakenly give up their addictions for another disguised negative impulsive behavior. All you have to do is use all of the time you would normally put for that destructive habit, and do something now that will help build you up.
Positive Addictions (Passions):
My personal choice for a positive addiction- Running. I understand how the addiction trait runs in my family, and I’ve applied myself to exercise and competitions. Instead of spending all of my money on cigarettes and watching my health deteriorate, I’ve used my addiction trait to go with running. It’s common for addicts to turn to exercise as their new outlet, and the thing is with running, the more you add into the training, the more your hard work will show come race day.