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You Better Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself!
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Zach Galifianakis says it better than I can say. Click Link - Check yourself before you wreck yourself! Zach Galifianakis in 'Due Date'. Come right back. While I'm not a big fan of some of the lyrics of 'Ice Cube's' 1993 rap hit I love the phrase 'You Better Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself!'

It has awesome therapeutic connotations. Therapy is all about checking yourself before you wreck your marriage, your health, your career, your finances, your children, your integrity, your future, your reputation, your life. Unfortunately most people don't become too concerned about checking themselves until their marriages and lives are all but completely wrecked.

As a culture we just observed a sad modern day parable of a young man who had it all - fame, money, talent, a beautiful model wife, children, respect throw is almost all away. I don't even have to say the word 'Tiger' before most of you went there. Tiger's sexual addiction cost him his marriage, time with his children, over $100,000,000 not counting lost endorsements or tour winnings, the respect of fans, his peers and even his caddie but even more than that for now it has cost him his talent. Addictive behavior does brain damage. It creates chaos and turmoil in your life. I hope that Tiger works hard on his Recovery from sexual addiction and I hope that his amazing skills return. I find great wise and encouragement in fortune cookies. One of my favorites taped to my bathroom mirror says 'The real test in life isn't keeping out of the rough, it's getting out once you find yourself there.' Tiger has been stuck in the rough for several years now. Unfortunately he didn't check himself soon enough.

I see mini Tiger Woods' every day. Not checking hard core Workaholism results in marital distance and ultimately in divorce. Not checking that minor, tasty little flirtation with that woman at work can and will result in the wreck of you losing 55% to 60% of your net worth, your good name in the community, the respect of your children and the companionship of our wife for the rest of your life. Not checking your food addiction will wreck your self-esteem, your cholesterol level and ultimately 20 to 30 years of your life. Not checking your spending addiction will wreck you by putting you in bondage to high interest credit cards that take decades to pay off. Not checking your arrogance will wreck you by bringing humbling consequences your way personally and professionally. Not checking your rage problem will wreck you by getting you arrested and in divorce court. Not checking your Internet pornography addiction will wreck your marriage, your ability to focus and be productive and possibly even your freedom. Not checking your depression can wreck you by causing you to ultimately take your own life.

Not checking your drinking or drug problem will wreck you in every way possible. Sadly we just learned that again with the passing of the talented Amy Whinehouse.
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The lyrics to her great song sealed her fate.
'They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, "No, no, no"
Yes, I've been black but when I come back you'll know, know, know
I ain't got the time and if my daddy thinks I'm fine
He's tried to make me go to rehab, I won't go, go, go'

Amy Whinehouse - Rehab
Not checking yourself is deadly!

Here is the thing, YOU need Rehab too! Yep, no typos here. Everyone you know needs Rehab of some sort. Everyone that you know is broken in some way, shape or form. Your adult life is built on the foundation of how emotionally healthy your parents were when they raised you. That is bad news for all of us. Some people are just still in denial about who their parents were and how dysfunctional their childhood really was.

You had better check yourself before you wreck yourself! Don't wait until your issues destroy you. If you are reading this your wake up call is right now! Seriously, you had better check yourself right now before it is too late before you wreck your marriage, your health, your kids, your reputation, your finances, your profession and your very future on this earth!






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