Friday, January 1, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-1-2016

Friday, January 1, 2016
Today's Gift

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. --Melody Beattie

Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.

Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level.

Goals give our life direction.

What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?

What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?

Remember, we aren't controlling others with our goals - we are trying to give direction to our life.

What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?

What would you like to see happen inside and around you?

Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down - as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.

Certainly, things happen that are out of our control. Sometimes, these events are pleasant surprises; sometimes, they are of another nature. But they are all part of the chapter that will be this year in our life and will lead us forward in the story.

The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

Today, I will remember that there is a powerful force motivated by writing down goals. I will do that now, for the year to come, and regularly as needed. I will do it not to control but to do my part in living my life.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places


A year to grow
This new year can be a time of growth in in our life. While we have no crystal ball that tells us what luck and fortune the year will bring, we do have the will that gives us the power to make the best of this year, to grow. We can make progress in overcoming resentment and selfishness, we can help others, and we can make better use of our talents and opportunities.

We can live spiritually, and we also can find happiness and true self-esteem in our spirituality. In our dysfunction, a desperate search for happiness and self-esteem compelled us to self-destruct, but we could never find our happy destiny. No matter what came to us, things had a way of turning sour as we continued to self-destruct.

In our new life, we have good reason to feel confident and optimistic. We have friends who understand us; we have people who will share with us their own experience and hope. We have a Higher Power who is, as the poet Tennyson said, "closer to us than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet." We face nothing alone, and in the new year all experiences can help us grow.

Action for the Day: I face this day with confidence, courage, and optimism. I will know that my Higher Power is present in every person and situation.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
Daily Recovery Readings -

One Day At A Time

Today is the day. Doing our best, living each day to the fullest is the art of living.
Yesterday is gone, and we don't know whether we will be here tomorrow.
If we do a good job of living today, and if tomorrow comes for us, then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives
-- so why worry about it?
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 357

Thought to Ponder . . .
Live each day with a little less fear and a little more faith.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T =
One Day At A Time.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

by Ralph Marston

Gather together all the wisdom you have gained, and resolve to put it to good use. Wrap your thoughts around all that matters in life, and begin.

For the first time, for the tenth time, for the two thousand and sixteenth time, begin to do what you know you must do. Climb over the obstacles, sit astride the challenges, harness the power of passion, and go forward into the future.

Things are not perfect, but that has never stopped you. Life can be confusing, yet as you step confidently ahead you know you can figure out what to do next.

Your dreams call to you, and your goals for this day, this month, this year urge you on. Begin, quickly, decisively, and give yourself the advantage of putting time in your favor.

By now you’ve officially outgrown the flimsy excuses and shiny distractions. Be strong, and begin.

You’ve seen time pass and you know what you can do with it. Begin, and make the time ahead the best time ever.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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