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How to Stop the Ticking Time Bomb on Your Most Destructive Behavior

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It was Christmas 2010, and I arrived at my sister's house to spend the day celebrating, but I just couldn't do it. I had spent the previous evening, yet again, completely blind drunk, digesting another cocktail of stimulants that I justified with another pathetic excuse. As the taxi pulled up to her house, I dreaded walking inside.

After 20 minutes of incoherent conversation, I walked upstairs and into my nephew's bedroom. There was a single bed with Thomas the Tank Engine bedsheets. I got inside, rested my head on the pillow and fell asleep. When I woke up, most of the day had gone.

I left that day ashamed, embarrassed and feeling like a failure as a man. During the week, I was someone that people looked up to, but behind all of that, there was a lot of darkness, a lot of shame and, most of all, confusion.

I wasn't where I wanted to be as an entrepreneur, and my toxic behaviors certainly weren't helping me, yet I wasn't actually doing anything to change. I had no idea I was facing a ticking time bomb.

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Every negative behavior has a series of consequences. They impact us, but they also impact the people around us. The biggest challenge is the ego (the false self), which tells us that it will just go away or won't get that bad. But the time is ticking, and the more that the behavior continues, the more potential it has to lead up to a catastrophic life event.

This event often eats away at us, rips families apart and ultimately sends us in a downward spiral. When this happens, in most cases, it massively impacts a business because the body goes into a state of shock and survival. We lose focus, have trouble managing ourselves and deal with elevated emotions from others who have to pick up the pieces. This takes up energy the energy that was once in creation, serving clients and having an impact........

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