The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step

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Aim for the sky but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way.

As anyone in recovery knows, the big wins – the massive moments of success – don’t happen overnight. The process of recovery and healing occurs one day at a time. Sometimes one minute at a time. We don’t just decide to get sober and live a better life and repair broken relationships and suddenly our lives are wonderful. We have to do the work. And the work can be a bit of a grind sometimes. That’s why it’s important for us to pause and recognize our small victories. Small wins help us see our progress, however minute, and to stay motivated for the next challenge. Small wins build confidence. Small wins help to rebuild the addiction-damaged rewards circuitry in our brains. When we celebrate a small victory, we’re on our way to another one, and this is the constant progress that pushes us forward to the big breakthroughs.

Just for Today
Identify a recent small victory and celebrate it. Then identify your next small victory and begin to work toward it.