“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
“I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher”
One thing I have learned having watched the recovery of an alcoholic is just how hard making a change can be. It begins with a decision that is renewed minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day. The recovering alcoholic says to himself, “I can be sober, just for now. Just for the next hour,” and then renews that commitment again. And again. And again. Until the process becomes a habit without a thought. That habit becomes a lifestyle change and, eventually, there is success. The success of recovery doesn’t happen, though, over night, nor with any sudden fanfare. Rather, it is wrought from the tiny daily habits and the commitment to endure the next hour.
The question becomes, then, how does one really change? What is the best way to grow and change?
Programs like AA and Weightwatchers have successfully embraced the challenge of how to change. The fundamentals that make them work:
- they are a community
- there are definite outcomes that you determine at your own pace
- you get out of the program what you put into it
- it is voluntary
- it is motivating to see others just like you win
- it is a place of learning–from one another, from the program and outside information
Not everyone has a weight problem or an alcohol problem, but many of us–myself included, have an excuse problem. We have a million reasons to justify why we do not grow, why we are too busy, why there is no time to do what we want let alone grow. So instead of making more excuses, I have been working on (alongside the most inspiring companions) a 28 Day Program for Daily Momentum.
It is said that it takes 28 days to cultivate a habit. I personally believe it takes longer than that, but 28 days is a solid start! It is a manageable period of time. Instead of doing something for a year or a month, it is ‘only’ 28 days–further broken down into days and weeks so you can really start fresh every day.
What does the 28 Day Program consist of?
- An annual planner/agenda to keep yourself on track
- A one page goal planner–to lay out your goals for the next 28 days, 1-6 months, 6 months-1 year, 1-5 years, 5-10, 10+, as well as daily habits that you are working to cultivate
- Expanded monthly plan for your goals to determine concrete action steps that can be done throughout the month
- 4 week journal to note daily achievements, gratitudes, thoughts and prayers
- 4 week habit and action tracker to keep track of how often you hit the daily mark and how many benchmarks you hit
- A monthly meeting to review goals set for the next month and goals accomplished during the month
- A motivational or area-specific book for personal development. Discussion of the book and its implementation is discussed at meetings. Some books may take two months depending on the groups preference
- A supportive and encouraging environment, personal notes and quotes shared throughout the month, praying for one another as we strive to become all that God created us to be.
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