Most people in recovery had a dramatic turn-around moment. We got into recovery because our past was uncovered. We nearly lost it all. We had no choice. And once in recovery, we look for those magical moments of inspiration. We bounce from podcast to book to seminar in search of the next brilliant idea. We want to be inspired.
The purpose of this Recovery Minute is to blow up that idea!
You see, what got you into recovery is not enough to keep you in recovery. Should you listen to great podcasts and read everything about recovery you can get your hands on? Absolutely. But in the end, inspiration will fail. It’s just not enough. There is one thing that beats inspiration every time.
I agree that establishing consistent habits isn’t as cool as reading Unwanted, by Jay Stringer, for the 17th time. It’s not as easy as listening to a good podcast while you drive to work each morning. But habits are what will determine your destiny. Not inspiration. Not clever ideas. Not a new group, new therapist, or new sponsor.
Recovery Step: Paul commanded the Colossians to work “diligently” (Colossians 3:23). Not cleverly, brilliantly, or swiftly. Diligently. That means establishing good habits. Yes, inspiration is fantastic. But good habits are better.