Why structure is necessary in recovery.
Another important practice is to view our values. I think I can honestly say that most of us will say that we value God and Family first. How do we value these though? Is it through a value of transparency or authenticity? Do we value peace of mind or honesty? What about patience or understanding? There is a near limitless list of values we can operate from. Some hold higher priority over others. Here is a list you can look at.
Once we start learning more about who we are, the more we will understand why we do what we do. This is powerful. Once we do this we can begin changing them. We can also use this as a method of reflection to hold ourselves accountable. It also helps with decision making. If we value peace of mind above all others then we might not want to make decisions which make others struggle internally. We would want to make decisions that help others achieve peace of mind.
We can also use this same method from the end first. Who are we becoming, and what would that person value and believe for them to be them. Then the diligently directed process of construction begins.
I remind myself near daily who I am and who I am becoming. I review my mission like a map so I don't get lost. I read and re read my vision. I ended up putting it into a book I use. I call it my BA2L Plan. It's kinda cool. I break it down into 13 week missions. When I don't use it I feel lost. Here is what part of the daily looks like.
I have been told that I lack focus. That I have too much energy. I have also been told that I am bipolar. It turns out I just didn't have to tool necessary to stay focused. I didn't understand my emotions and how to manage them. Emotions. Now that is a whole other subject. I call that my standing operating procedure. My SOP. I'll get more into that next week.
Structure is required for construction. Who we are, and who we become, can either be created by our environment unconsciously, or co-created by us consciously. It may take effort, and it may get difficult. However as my girlfriend would quote from Plato. "Beautiful things are difficult to attain."
The BA2L is real,
Be Addicted 2 Life,
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