Taking the first step helps bridge the gulf between our dreams and our accomplishments.

Whether the project is cleaning the garage, building a cathedral, or recovering from an addiction, plans must be translated into action. In order to arrive at our destination, we must begin the trip. We can read hundreds of college catalogs, but it’s when we register for a course, buy a textbook, and begin to study that we are on our way to a degree.

Two factors inhibit our beginning a project. The first is lack of clear motivation, and the second is fear of failure. If we don’t really want to do something, it’s hard to get started. So, if motivation is a problem, we may need to reconsider our choice of projects.

As for fear of failure, this may be something that we step over and around as we move forward. It is not a good reason for aborting a dream. If, in spite of fear of failure, we make a beginning, we will find that the fear shrinks with every step we take. Action is the catalyst. We learn how to do something by doing it.

I will take the first step toward accomplishing a dream today by getting started.

Progress not perfection. In sobriety, I have learned that I just need to do the next indicated thing. I do the next indicated thing, then surrender and let things play out. I know that I am not in control. I control my actions and that is it. Everything else is up to God. Everything ALWAYS works out the way it is supposed to.

When all else fails, read the instructions.

–Agnes Alien

The instructions for recovery are in our Twelve Step program. Yet, there are times when we feel our program isn’t working. At these times, we need to read the instructions.

Have you followed the “instructions,” the wise words found in The Big Book, The Twelve and Twelve, and other recovery literature? When we do, we recover.

It’s hard at times and easy at others. Our problems go deeper than just staying sober. No matter what our problems, our program can help us start fixing them if we follow the instructions. Don’t use alcohol or other drugs. Go to meetings. Talk often with sponsors and program friends. Work the Steps. Think. Easy Does It. First Things First. Listen. Let Go and Let God. One Day at a Time.

Prayer for the Day

Higher Power, tell me which instructions to read today. If I’m headed for trouble, help me out.

Today’s Action

I’ll read the instructions today.

This is such a great reading for me today. Life is so much easier if I just follow instructions. Life is so much easier if I continue to work a program of recovery. When I stay clean and sober, follow the instructions of the Twelve Step Program, and stay connected to guys in the program, life is easy. Life is easy, more fulfilling, more fun, and I never have the desire to drink or do drugs. I love my life today and I don’t ever want to give it up. I know that continue to work a program of recovery and staying connected is the best way to stay clean and sober.