The first thing that comes to my mind when I consider this statement is that “motivation comes from action.” What that means is that when we start doing something, we are more apt to continue doing something. Not only that, but everyone has to start somewhere. A key component of remaining sober is the motivation to do so. The first day might be stressful, but remember that after you get that first day in, you are more apt to continue to stay sober. If you would like to consider this from a scientific perspective, think of Newton’s first law of motion: “an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion.” Take that first step! Once you have taken action and get your sobriety in motion, the motivation to continue to stay sober will begin to manifest and slowly but surely remain in motion.
The other thing I think of when I consider that statement is the motivation I get from proving others wrong and right. Chances are (if your experience is anything like mine), you have made some choices that have affected others in negative ways. Whether they believe you are serious about your recovery or not, how gratifying is it to either prove them wrong or make them proud by proving them right. We have all heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words.” What better way to prove yourself than by taking that step and getting through your day sober?! Today you can remain sober! Today you can prove to others and more importantly yourself that you can!
(Photo by Nik)