Fantastic article reminding us that commitment to any goal takes hard work, sustained over a period of time; “success is often a result of committing to the fundamentals over and over again.” These “fundamentals” can be applied to any goal including success at work, weight loss, and not surprisingly abstinence from alcohol and/or drugs.
First, one needs to clarify an objective goal like, stay sober for 3 months. Once there is a clearly defined goal you need to identify what are the building blocks needed for success? For example, if your goal is to stay sober for 3 months you may consider 90 meetings in 90 days as one of your building blocks.
Next, pick a visual cue and keep track. There are a variety of visual cues and ways to track your progress.
You can choose to put stickers on a calendar, move paperclips around, or even use an app on your phone. Find a visual cue and way to collect data that appeals to you. Collect data to see if you really are being consistent, this is why apps, fit-bits, and other visual cues are so helpful.
There are apps to track your calories, exercise, mood, meetings attended, days sober, etc. For the above example you could use 90 paper clips much like the author, moving one over after each meeting. This process helps your own investment in your goal, as well as your accountability.
Give it a shot and let us know how it works!
Leslie Sanders, Psy.D
AToN Center 888-535-1516