Today, I am going to ask you to complete a simple but very important exercise. If I could ask you to complete only one exercise before you leave this course, this would have to be it.

I waited so long to introduce it because I wanted to help you to release some of the initial pressure of addiction first and only then ask you to look at the bigger picture.

Your past is the result of choices you have made. Your future will be the result of the choices that you will make.

There are millions of roads that you can take, and each one of them will take you to a different place. The question is, where do you want to go? We are going to try to answer this question now.

Antoine Bourdelle (1861–1929) on his death-bed.

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I want you to imagine yourself being an old person, lying on your deathbed. You only have few breaths left in you.

You look back at your life, and you realize that while it wasn’t perfect, you lived it well. You feel proud of yourself, and the choices that you have made. You feel that it is OK to go now.

What choices do you need to make now?

The question is, what choices do you need to make now, in what direction do you need to take your life in order to become this old person in the future?

When I did this exercise, I realized that I wanted to have a family. I realized that I wanted to do work that was meaningful. That I wanted to be a good, honest, present, and sober man.

Nothing extraordinary really, but it does not need to be extraordinary, it is simply right for me.

I Was lost and Confused

Before I did this exercise, I wasn’t sure what I wanted in life. I was lost and confused. Sometimes I wanted one thing, and other times I wanted another.

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But I know now, from the bottom of my heart, that what I truly want is to be this happy old person, looking back at my life, feeling proud of the life that I lived.

Now I have a vision of where I want to go. It is like the Pole Star that I use to guide my journey. Anytime when I get lost in life, I can step back and ask myself, will this road take me to where I really want to go?

Please take the next 3 days and think about what route in life would help you to become this happy and satisfied person. There are many different roads available. I want you to find the one that is right for you!

Take your time and be gentle. And please don’t forget to do your ERP practice and the other positive things.

See you in 3 days!

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