• Zach Spafford

Riding an alligator is possible, it just takes practice

This summer as I was sitting by the pool watching my kids play away the heat and boredom, I noticed my 3 year old playing with the pool alligator.

She would grab it by the snout, drag it to the side, climb out, put it in the water and jump on its back, only to be pitched back into the drink moments later.

Then she would do it again.

Her goal, to me, was clear. Ride the alligator.

Each of us has tried to ride the alligator in one sense or another. In life we often try to ride the alligator. We learn to walk, we learn to read, we ride bikes, take classes, and live with other people.

Sometimes, from the outside, we all look very much like toddlers trying to ride a pool alligator.

When it comes to overcoming my addiction to pornography, I often felt like a real toddler trying to ride a real alligator. Often holding on for dear life, wondering when those powerful jaws and teeth would get me once again.

Getting a handle on my addictive behaviors was always like the alligator my three year old was trying to ride. No matter how much I tried, I was never able to be the master of it. It was always my master. Bucking me off time and again, never letting me get comfortable or helping me.

But I never gave up. I kept working at it. I tried different techniques, used various plans, mixed and matched what I was doing so there were multiple angles of attack in place at the same time.

I don’t know if my 3 year old will ever master the pool alligator. She may not find it to be a worthy goal after a while.

I do, however, know that each of us can master the urges and addictive behaviors that we use to buffer our way through life.

I know this because I’ve done it and I’ve showed others how to do it. If you are not sure how to approach your next bout of trying to master your addiction, set up a free consultation with me.

Together, we can see if you are a good fit for my program. Not everyone is.

In the mean time, here is some adorable alligator riding fun.

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