I felt that the slide about "Soft Commitment" which is defined as, "Development of valuable patterns of behavior that bridge over individual temptations" was interesting. As I read on about examples of soft commitment, I realized that I am guilty of having an addiction to working out. I came across this realization when I actually broke down my actions with addiction in mind:
1. Desire- I get this weird urge when I start my day to go to the gym. It is a similar feeling that one would get the urge to go downstairs and make food. It is not an overwhelming urge, but is apparent enough to be persuasive.
2. Satisfaction- When I am in the gym my endorphins go crazy and I am so happy when I am active. I feel unstoppable and energetic. Even when I leave the gym, as tired as I am, I am automatically in a better mood than I was before working out.
3. Withdrawal- If it is has been more than a day or two of me not going to the gym I start to feel weird. I start to feel disgusting and unmotivated. My energy is extremely low and I do not feel 100%.
Now if you were to read these 3 steps without an explanation, your first thought would be drug use. I have a positive addiction to working out and I never thought of it as one because it was positive. I honestly had never heard of "positive addictions" before because I am around so many negative addictions. This slide opened my mind to a different perspective of looking at someone who has an addiction. The only difference between me and a drug user is that mine is positive and benefits my body, and theirs does the opposite. Very mind opening experience.
What do you all think?!