Are misconceptions standing in the way of your Tampa detox?
Sometimes success isn’t the result of what you do. Sometimes it’s about what you think.
Have you ever had a friend who thinks she is fat, when in fact she is quite thin? Do you know someone who has been told repeatedly that he is stupid and, despite the fact that he gets all As and Bs, believes it? Do you have a wacky uncle who believe in conspiracy theories despite the well-publicized facts?
Thoughts and ideas can be incredibly powerful. You hold a set of beliefs that shape your concept of reality. And you may not even realize how they are impacting your life.
Take the story of Derek Black, whose godfather is white supremacist David Duke and whose father is behind the white nationalist website Stormfront. Black was raised to hate – Jews, African-Americans, immigrants and a host of others. His beliefs led him to see a world where American culture was threatened instead of made vibrant by its diversity. He drove a pickup truck with a Confederate flag sticker on the bumper.
When Duke went to college, he took his racist ideology with him and planned on using it to disrupt the campus. He talked about what happened in a piece he wrote for the New York Times. “Several years ago, I began attending a liberal college where my presence prompted huge controversy,” he wrote. “Through many talks with devoted and diverse people there — people who chose to invite me into their dorms and conversations rather than ostracize me — I began to realize the damage I had done. Ever since, I have been trying to make up for it.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum there’s Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The film follows Schumer's character, an ordinary woman struggling with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, who wakes from a head injury believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman in the world.”
“Beliefs are engraved in our minds, and they often are difficult to change,” John Boitnott, a journalist and digital consultant who has worked with television, newspaper, radio, and internet companies in California for 20 years, said when writing about beliefs that can interfere you’re your success. Boitnott was writing for Inc., so he was thinking about the beliefs we take with us into the workplace, but it’s not just when we’re on the job that our beliefs – beliefs we may not even be aware we are holding – can interfere with our success.
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Boitnott identifies a number of beliefs he says may be holding us back. Among them is the belief that you should never admit your mistakes. It’s easy to understand why you might think this but if you never admit your mistakes how can you ever learn from them? “You should admit your mistakes and let others see you sweat,” Michael Dennin, vice provost for teaching and learning and the dean of undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, told Boitnott. “Leadership requires appropriate ownership of errors and then moving forward from them.”
Another damaging belief that is prevalent in this country is tied to the myth of the rugged individual. It’s the idea that we don’t need help, we can do it all by ourselves. Surrounding yourself with the right people can make a world of difference. In business, Patrick Witham, president and CEO of Paragon BioTeck, Inc., told Boitnott, “It’s surrounding yourself with strong partners that have difference competencies than you. This is what allows us to solve our client’s problems. Leverage your relationships and expertise.”
Outside of work, surrounding yourself with the right people is even more important. No one can do the work of drug or alcohol addiction detox and recovery but having positive, supportive people around you, people who believe in you and want you to succeed, can make all the difference.
And when it comes to starting on the road to recovery, having trained professionals by your side who can help you through your alcohol or drug detox in Florida like the caring and committed team you’ll find at Spring Gardens Recovery Center, can make all the difference.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Fitzgerald is a sober writer based in Southwest Florida who is best known for her personal blog The Adventures of a Sober Señorita. Her work has been published across the web including sites like The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Ravishly, SheKnows, Elite Daily, The Fix, Brit + Co, Addiction Unscripted and AfterPartyMagazine. She is currently writing a memoir.