Preparation is everything.
Think of anything you’d like to accomplish: running a marathon, saving some money, losing 15 pounds, securing long-term sobriety. In each case, preparation is everything.
Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”
If you want to win the battle for sobriety, you must first sharpen your axe. Do the hard work before your next battle, and when that battle comes, you’ll be ready.
Preparation requires diligence. That’s why God tells us, “You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you” (Deuteronomy 6:17).
Recovery Step: If you want to be sober tomorrow, you’ll need to prepare today. Go all in. Be diligent in your preparation for lasting sobriety.