“We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.”
– John McKay
Former Head Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Success starts by doing one thing well. Another former coach gives us good insight into this principle. Texas A&M basketball coach Shelby Metcalf had to suspend a player from his team due to poor grades. The player had four F’s and one D. The student-athlete said, “Coach, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.” Metcalf said, “I think it’s obvious. You are spending too much time on one subject.”
In recovery, that’s actually a good place to start. We need to focus on one subject. Paul said, “This one thing I do” (Philippians 3:13). Jesus told the rich, young ruler, “This one thing you lack” (Mark 10:21).
What is your “one thing”? By that I mean, what is the single thing that demands more effort and focus in your personal recovery program? Is it your spiritual discipline? 12-Step work? Recovery group attendance? Therapy? Work with your sponsor? Reading recovery material? Something else?
Most of us don’t fail because we don’t know what to do, but because we don’t do what we know. Start with one thing, and do it well.
Recovery Step: Focus on one area in recovery that needs attention. Master that area before you move on to something else.