This is the eve of the big day. Hopefully you already feel excited because just knowing you are doing something so positive and life changing should naturally make you feel special. You may also feel a little apprehensive, I have to say I didn’t because I knew in my mind I was finally doing something about getting rid of gout forever and so I couldn’t wait to start ticking off the days on my chart. That’s why it is important to have one big negative thing to initially focus on, something specific that has to change.
Don’t put tomorrow off. This really is the start, tomorrow you are going to be one of those people nearly everyone secretly admires and dreams of being, a completely happy non-drinker, and especially happy because you chose that path. It really will be one of the most important changes you can ever make in your life and something you can forever be totally proud of.
The all-important check list
- Don’t tell anyone. (I suggest waiting at least a few days before telling anyone of your decision to quit)
- Make sure your calendar chart is ready for tomorrow. (I recommend using a star chart to reward yourself for your progress, to remind you of how well you are doing and to act as a block to you changing your mind. Having to ditch something so visual if you fail is not something you will want to do.)
- Make sure your spreadsheet is set up and ready to go. (A more sophisticated version of the star chart)
- Make sure you have decided on your one big negative area of focus and created a talisman if you think it will help. (The use of a talisman is discussed in the book)
- Make sure you have your list of positive reasons to hand or at least ready to start compiling and adding to. (what is it you are hoping to achieve by quitting alcohol)
- Have you planned something to do tomorrow to take your mind off drink? What’s up your sleeve just in case?
- Have you planned an activity? Are you going walking, running, swimming, cycling, using your Wii or its equivalent?
- Have you cancelled any meetings / get-togethers where drink would be available?
- Throw away (preferably smash) that favourite wine glass, pint mug or tankard. If it’s an heirloom lock it away somewhere you can’t get ready access to it.
- Instead of swallowing it, throw your last ever drink down the sink and watch it disappear. Imagine it being poison which has been slowly but surely destroying your liver, kidneys, brain and other organs, and ruining your life. Hate the rotten stuff as you swill it away.
- Go to bed early and sober, you don’t want a hangover on your first day.
Well done! And good luck!