Author and Coach Mike Diamond Talks About Breaking Addiction with an Unbreakable Mindset
Substance abuse and drug addiction continue to pose serious issues in many parts of the world, affecting the lives of millions of people in all cultures and from all walks of life. It is estimated that 35.6 million people suffer from drug use disorders at a global level, and almost 3 million people die every year due to the harmful use of alcohol. This paints a bleak picture of a hard to control modern epidemic that has only gotten worse during the Covid crisis.
Fortunately, people like Mike Diamond are fighting hard to bring a glimmer of hope to those struggling with addiction and substance abuse by teaching them how they can tap into their inner strength and power to rewrite their own stories and change their lives for the better.
But before we get into the strategies and approaches Mike uses to empower people to embrace healthier behaviors and achieve their personal goals, let’s first find out a little more about the author and how he came to make waves in the self-help scene with his book 7 Steps to an Unbreakable Mindset.
From battling drug addiction to becoming an acclaimed author and Guinness World Recorder Holder
Mike Diamond is a successful author, television personality, professional athlete, entrepreneur life coach, and interventionist, with a long series of personal and professional achievements. For many, Mike represents the vivid image of success, but very few know that his life looked a lot different sixteen years ago, when he was in the midst of alcohol or drug addiction.
Being born into an unhealthy environment and becoming a high-functioning addict that managed to achieve many of his goals despite his harmful lifestyle, it took Mike a long time to come to terms with the fact that he had to clean up his act. There came a point when he decided it was time to change his damaging habits and start a new chapter in his life, and so he did.
Mike used simple strategies to sober up and get his act together. He attended three AA meetings per day where he met people with similar stories that managed to leave the harsh world of addiction behind and stay clean for years. Their success strengthened his belief that it is possible to kick any addiction to the curb with the right attitude and mindset.
It wasn’t an easy process, but Mike finally managed to recover from his addiction and step on a new path. From that point on, he started using his own experiences to bring about meaningful change and help people better themselves through meditation and mindfulness. He managed to inspire others through his life story and ended up traveling from place to place and working with people from all backgrounds.
It was only a matter of time until all his advice and teachings would materialize into a book. As he was giving speeches on alcohol and drug addiction, he realized that he could comprise the strategies and techniques he was presenting into 7 actionable steps that anyone can follow. That’s how 7 Steps to an Unbreakable Mindset came to be, turning into a major success in the self-care genre.
Today, his book serves as a guide and a source of inspiration for people looking to beat addiction or break the barriers that are holding them back in life. Mike has already helped people in all corners of the world overcome their addiction problems and reach their full potential, both through his book and his speaking engagements.
As Mike says, his purpose is to inspire, educate and motivate people, and he does that not only by writing or delivering speeches but also with his actions. One of these actions involved running 30 half marathons in 30 days to help bring awareness and support the cause of a little girl suffering from a very rare autoimmune deficiency. Although the running was a tough challenge due to medical issues, Mike managed to make it through. That brought him not only a huge satisfaction but also the Guinness world record for running.
Mike’s advice for those who want to break bad habits and achieve success
The path to recovery after struggling with addiction and unhealthy patterns for years is not an easy one. But as Mike shows in his book, through his personal experience with addiction, health problems, dyslexia, and chronic illness, it is very much possible to break the barriers that are holding you back and achieve success despite the adversities.
Mike explains that one of the secrets to putting an end to addiction is setting realistic goals and taking things one step at a time. Aiming too high from the very beginning can put a much too heavy burden on one’s shoulders. Smaller goals, on the other hand, can lead to steady and constant progress.
Another thing Mike recommends for those who feel they’re stuck and unable to reach their full potential is embracing a healthier lifestyle by paying attention to their eating habits and including exercise in their routine. The impact that food has on people’s physical and mental health is undeniable, so making wiser food choices is a small change that can lead to amazing results.
However, Mike believes that although making smarter decisions and eating right is extremely important, it’s also not enough to achieve long-term success. He points out that in order to reach your goals, you have to find the willpower to push through even when you’re feeling down. It’s impossible to be motivated all the time, but success is about doing the work anyway. When you’re running low on motivation, going back to your purpose and letting your why guide you is key to staying on the right track.
What Mike is trying to convey through all his work is that anyone has the ability to turn their life around for the better, and success has more to do with willpower than talent. Ultimately, it’s the habits people nurture that can build an unbreakable mindset and lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.