In early recovery, many people have a hard time doing ANYTHING! Motivation is a huge hurdle.. getting up, taking a shower, eating, and getting out of the house are monumental tasks.. that should be seen as an achievement each day.
Action Leads to Motivation! Imagine that! For years, I’ve had it backwards! Always waiting for mehtivation to inspire me, to drive me off the couch and do something, anything.
Action leads to Motivation.. repeat that constantly.. replaces my urge mantra!
Action breeds confidence. Confidence breeds success. Success breed contentment & it is contentment in life which matters most. Inaction breeds fear, worry & despair. Don’t limit yourself by your fear & inaction, Let us make action the mantra of your life. In the process you need not tell people about yourself.
So what helps motivate me? Some ideas include:
Write a list… wake up, brush my teeth, make coffee, get up (yes again)
Goals: write goals and then make a plan to achieve those goals…
Make goals SMART: specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time based.
break large goals into a series of tasks (HOW do you eat an elephant? One bite at time.. duh)
Positive Affirmations: stop the toxic self talk! Use positive terms, write them down, and repeat throughout the day
I am an honest, intelligent, goal-directed, responsible individual with integrity and I am sensitive to the needs of others.
I am an enthusiastic, decisive, self-starter with a positive mental attitude and I am focused on the task at hand.
I am a disciplined, persistent, caring, energetic, experienced, competent team player with the courage to take action and do what is right.
I am a dependable, motivated, hardworking extra-miler.
I am a humble, kind, personable, attentive, considerate, resourceful person who takes pride in my appearance and in what I do.
I have a good sense of humour and healthy Unconditional Self-Acceptance.
I am a fair, patient, consistent, respectful encourager and student.
I am a confident, optimistic, authoritative, creative, adaptable, sober, loyal, punctual, teachable person with strong convictions.
I am an effective communicator with the vision, wisdom and faith necessary to realize my dreams.
I am an honourable person who is truly grateful for the opportunity life has given me and I am committed to taking full advantage of that opportunity.
These are the qualities of the winner I was born to be, and I am fully committed to developing these marvellous qualities with which I have been entrusted.