Thursday, January 20, 2011

Daily Motivations 1-20-11

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Today's Gift
You've got to create a dream.
You've got to uphold the dream.
If you can't, go back to the factory
or go back to the desk.
--Eric Burdon

We develop goals, priorities, and action steps. We feel energized and ready to move full speed ahead. But midway, as our momentum picks up, new thoughts enter our mind. Do I really want this? What if it creates new problems for me? If I reach this goal, I'll have nothing to look forward to.

Being wishy-washy gets us nowhere. These thoughts are the ego's way of looking for obstacles. We acknowledge the doubts and then quickly cast them aside and move forward with complete conviction, like a warrior. If the goal still feels right, we keep moving ahead. We know in our hearts that doing what we believe in keeps us on the right path.

Today I will believe in my goals.

You are reading from the book:

Letting Go of Debt by Karen Casanova


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk In Dry Places
First things first____Order
Busy people often declare, with some exasperation, that they cannot do everything at once.  People with emotional problems, a group that includes many alcoholics, often feel that they are trying to do everything at once.  Quite often, this pressure means that we waste our time fretting about all the things facing us, becoming totally ineffective as a result.
The simple slogan "First things First" shows us how to set priorities in an orderly way. In every situation or problem, there is always one step we can take that is more important than the others. Following that, we find a step of second importance, another of third importance, and so on.  Sometimes, a certain action comes first simply because other things depend on it.

By using "First things first" as a guiding principle in our lives, we can live in an orderly, disciplined manner.  If we have to reduce our activities, we can decide which few ought to retain. Having made these decisions, we can be at peace about our choices.  We cannot do everything at once and we need not feel guilty about it.
Action for the Day: Knowing that order is Heaven's first law, I'll do things today in an orderly manner.

One Day At A Time

Turn It Over
Having seen for myself that my own navigation
served only to slam my boat against shoals, I have at last become willing
to turn the steering wheel over to a more adept helmsman.
The decision is clear. Tomorrow I may be drunk.
But today I have the tired peace that comes from doing the things you have to do
when you turn the wheel over to a mariner who knows the way across,
but makes you work with him through every inch of the crossing.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 147

Thought to Ponder . . .
I saw, I felt, I believed.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
L E T G O =
Leave Everything To God, Okay?

Daily Motivation
Feeling like it
If you don't feel like doing something you know you must do, it's fine to feel that way. Accept and appreciate that feeling, allow and experience it.
Then once the feeling has finished having its say, it will go along on its way, and you can do what you know you must do. You can feel that feeling completely without giving in to it or fighting against it.
When you feel the urge to do what you know you must not do, go ahead and let yourself feel it completely. Be thankful for the feeling, and then just let it go.
Your feelings are yours to experience and enjoy, to learn from, to inform you, and to give richness to your life. But they never have to define you or control you.
You can do what you have chosen to do, whether you feel like it at the moment or not. Just as you have created the feeling, you can let it go.
Decide what you will do with this day, and then do what is necessary to make it happen. You'll find that to be the best feeling of all.
-- Ralph Marston

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