ACTION

Definition of Action:
the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.
Synonyms of Action:
steps, measures, activity, movement, work, effort, exertion, operation, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click the external link for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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You cannot think your way into right actions.
You have to act your way into right thinking. –Bill W.

Before recovery, we didn’t have to tell people we were alcoholics and addicts. Our actions showed it, if people knew what to look for. Now we don’t have to tell people we were recovering, because our actions will show it. –Keep It Simple 10/05 | More…

The Big Book states that IF you want what we have, you will do what we did. That also means the opposite … if you don’t want what we have, don’t do it. The insanity of this disease is expecting a different result by continually doing the same old thing.

Sanity is giving up what didn’t work and daring to try something new. –One Day At A Time | More…

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An exhilaration about life accompanies the taking of action. The spell that idleness casts over us is broken, and subsequent actions are even easier to take. Clearly, making a choice and acting on it is healthful. The program has given us the tools to do both. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

When we approach Step Ten we commence to put our A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul. Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions? –Daily Reflections 02/10 | More…

In the Steps we find action words: admitted, humbly asked, made direct amends, continued to take personal inventory. All these words speak of action, of doing. Recovery is about action. It’s for doers. –Keep It Simple | More…

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Pay attention to how you feel: what you love, dislike, hate, enjoy. Pay attention to what grabs your heart, what interests you. Discover who you are, not who you think you should be. –52 Weeks of Conscious Contact/Melody Beattie | More…

AA is a program of action. Take action – God is attracted to action.

It is a great loss when we underestimate the importance of our efforts in the life of another. A little act, the best we have at that moment, makes a big difference to the person on the other end. Knowing this helps us make sure that all our acts, even the smallest, are as good as we can make them, because they all make a difference. –Today’s Gift | More…

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I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. -Edward Everett Hale

Our actions, not strictly our knowledge, will help us stay sober. Recovery is a program of action, of doing something that will contribute to our recovery today.

All the knowledge in the world won’t help us recover if we don’t use what we’ve learned. We must do -the things we’ve learned will help us make progress in recovery.

It’s up to us to put the Steps to work in our lives today. We are responsible for eating right and exercising, going to meetings, finding a Higher Power, and praying or meditating to continually strengthen our spiritual lives. –Body, Mind, and Spirit/Anonymous | More…

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. You work the program by working the program. Paying lip service to the program doesn’t bring recovery; only working it does. Anything else is a waste of time and energy. –One Day At A Time | More…

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