Monday, June 13, 2011

Affirmations for Workaholics

I made it. To work, that is. Today was my first day back in the office after four months of time away. It was fine. I don't feel like the same person who left on stress leave back in February. I still have plenty of things to figure out about how to "be" at work, but I know with absolute certainty, that my attitude towards work is very, very different today. I like the people I work with a great deal, so it was great to see them all and chat or check in briefly with each of them. An office move during my absence has me moving into a "new" office. A clean slate. A pleasant irony for me, my new office used to belong to a dear friend and colleague who has since moved out of our organization. I miss her, always. (We really "got" each other). Over two years ago, she gave me a copy of the following book:

I thanked her for it, admitted that I probably did indeed have a problem with workaholism, read the first few pages in bed the night she gave me the book, and put it under my bed. It stayed there until quite recently. It is an amazing book, it's not just about workaholism, but would be useful for anyone who, like me, never really knew how to turn off being busy.

At this point in the game, I'm mining the book for pieces that will help me stay on track as I return to work. I'm quite loving a lot of the "affirmations" that are provided in the book. I think a lot of people might relate to some of them, not just us workaholics. So here they are, take what you like and leave the rest:
  1. The less I struggle, the more open I am to inspiration. The more I take it easy, the more I accomplish.
  2. My Higher Power wants me to realize my vision of joyful work and a balanced life and gives me whatever I need to achieve it at the right time.
  3. I do everything easily and effortlessly.
  4. My life is full and underscheduled.
  5. I now receive full assistance and cooperation from all persons necessary for realizing my work vision. I attract only loving people.
  6. The more I risk, the safer I am.
  7. I am more effective by being more selective.
  8. The more I play, the more God works.
  9. I have time to spare and time to share. Time is my friend. When I take time, I make time.
  10. My top priority is doing my being. Before I do anything, I first do nothing.
  11. I draw to myself everything I need for a joyful balanced life.
  12. My doing my right work strengthens all my relationships. My work brings me closer to those I love.
  13. When I take time, I make time. The more I take my time, the more time I have to take. I don't have time not to have time.
  14. I am entitled to my right work and deserve the enjoyment, recognition, and health that right work brings.
  15. I live by divine appointment with broad margins.
  16. I am still in the midst of activity and vibrantly alive in repose. I take an emergency leisurely.
  17. The slower I go, the faster I grow.
  18. Even when offered the best, I say no if I need rest. Rest is the best reward I can give myself.
  19. My body is my friend and my temple. I bless and thank it daily and obey its signals.
  20. Emotions are information. I honor their important messages.
  21. I love myself no matter what. I'm perfect just the way I am. I am enough. I have enough. I do enough.
  22. People bring me important messages (angels in my life) when I listen or meditate carefully.
  23. I work to live, not live to work.
(Workaholics Anonymous Book of Recovery, pages 182, 183)

Aren't these awesome affirmations? I love them.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this.
    My mother is battling aggressive brain cancer and one of the connections we've found (psychologically) is that she sacrifices her well being for working hard.
    I am going to use these affirmations as Psych-K balances for her to change her minds programming and reduce her stress levels and hopefully the sickness.
    Thank you, you've touched our lives.