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Staying Consistent With My PursuitsBeing consistent is a matter of doing things over with the intention of gradually improving — not just doing them out of unconscious habit. I’ve tried to continuously cultivate the desire to improve myself from the very beginning of my recovery. Without that desire, I would have never pushed myself to grow as much as I have. When my addiction was in control, it was easy for me to keep digging myself into a deeper hole. Now, with my recovery in mind every day and my drive to better myself continually moving me forward, it has been easier for me to keep focusing on what’s ahead of me versus what I’ve left behind. For recovery to work, we must commit to a lifetime of consistency. Recovery is our choice to show up for life each and every day.
The Benefits of Consistent RecoveryThe worth of my promises decreased in value the further I lost myself to my addictions. I was quick to bail on commitments with friends and family. My priorities were always based around when I could get high again, or when my next opportunity to black out would be. In recovery, I learned to live by a new mantra: I say what I mean and I mean what I say. And I’ve been feeling the benefits of it ever since. I no longer commit to anything that will further me from myself, I practice saying “no” when I don’t want to do something, and I show up for those who show up for me. When you start demanding more from yourself, the people in your life will start to take notice. When you are consistent in your actions, people will never have to question whether you mean what you say. Why would we want to choose anything other than improvement? Regardless of how quickly we may get there, or how long it may take us, the important thing is that we choose to get better consistently. This is not to say that you will never have a bad day again, because you most definitely will — that’s just reality. But choosing to get better consistently is what allows us to keep picking ourselves back up. When we build our recovery muscle, and we consistently get stronger with each day, the bad days will get easier to deal with. The longest project we will ever work on is ourselves. What better way to spend the time than by consistently choosing to make ourselves better?
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