Definition of Motivation:
Reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.

of Motivation:
Incentive, stimulus, inspiration, incitement, provocation, etc

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

Love in fellowship.


In dealing with our compulsive illnesses, we must separate our excuses from what’s really going on. Arguments do not cause alcoholics to drink, but they can be used as convenient devices for getting our way. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B | More…


Doing less than the best we can is short-changing ourselves. We miss the satisfaction that comes from stretching as far as we can.

We also miss the opportunity to exceed former limits. The more we do, the more we are able to do.

Motivation comes from our Higher Power and can only be received, as we are willing to act. Thinking and planning have their place, but it is action, which generates fresh enthusiasm. –Food For Thought | More…

Our motives are often a surprise to us. In early recovery, many of us throw ourselves into service with great fervour before we have started the regular practice of motive-checking.

It takes a while before we become aware of the real reasons for our zeal. We may want to impress others, show off our talents, or be recognized and important.

Now, these desires may not be harmful in another setting, expressed through another outlet. In AA service, however, they can do serious damage. When we decide to serve AA, we make a decision to help addicts find and maintain recovery. –Just for today  | More…


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