30 Key Sobriety Concepts

1. Not worrying about getting your way while working reasonably toward personal goals..

2. Not worrying about what others think about you.

3. Not measuring yourself.

4. Not worrying about being smart.

5. Finding something positive particularly during challenging moments..

6. Accepting change.

7. Having faith in an ultimate justice but not expecting that life will always be fair..

8. Forgiving yourself.

9. Believing you will experience eternal peace after your body dies.

10. Knowing pain will pass.

11. Being grateful.

12. Having perspective.

13. Eliminating fear but recognizing situations which warrant caution.

14. Making plans but not worrying about the results. Not controlling situations and others.

15. Not letting others control you by creating healthy boundaries and avoiding toxic relationships..

17. Trying to act out of love but not controlling situations and others..

18. Not needing to get everything done while not procrastinating.

19. Trying to do activities that promote physical, mental, spiritual and emotional balance.

20. Having structure yet maintaining flexibility.

    21. Knowing that you are loved by something or someone unconditionally.

    22. Having an appropriate sense of humor by laughing at confusing situations rather than crying over them by seeing life as a comedy rather than a tragedy.

    23. Not letting our emotions get us into trouble.

    24. Distinguishing between wants and needs.

    25. Not letting winning be the most important thing.

     26. Connecting with someone else who is in trying to maintain serenity.

     27. Connecting with a power that helps me maintain serenity.

     28. Practicing spiritual principles like acceptance, truth, forgiveness, unselfishness, love, patience, and understanding rather than resentment, greed, and prejudice.

     29. Accepting that you make mistakes while recognizing character defects and seeking to make amends in defective behavior.

    30. Trying to live in the present moment without fearing the future and regretting the past.



TO DO:  What would you add to or eliminate from the list? Make sure you add "DON'T PICK UP THE FIRST DRUG." Print out this list and keep it where you can see it. Then, each day, try to practice these principles to the best of your ability.

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