The process of changing one's behavior is not simply the process of talking about which behaviors they should change. It is very much the process of continually behaving in a way that actually reinforces that a recovering addict has made a true transformation. This is why it is so important that a recovering addict in sobriety let their actions stand for themselves.
Success is About Actions
There is no denying that there is some value in talking about the reasons that one wants to get sober and the ways in which they intend to make significant changes in their life. It is very important, however, that these discussions are followed through on with actions. The way a person acts is what the true reflection of their character and health is. Aristotle had a saying," We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." This is just as true in the process of becoming sober as it is in any other aspect of life. Engaging in behaviors of excellence is the way that your mind becomes more accustomed to making healthy and beneficial choices. In this way, engaging in constructive behavior has a permanent impact on who we are as people, but it is an action that must continually be repeated in order for it to be maintained.
Testing Ideas Through Behavior
It is impossible to tell whether an idea or an attempt to improve is actually effective until it is put into action. When a person thinks something will work but does not prove it to themselves by doing it, they may experience disappointment in themselves because there is a gap between the way they wish they would act and the way they actually are acting. On the other hand, when constructive thought is put to use through constructive action, a person's self image may greatly improve. Having an improved sense of confidence increases the frequency with which thoughts are followed through on, which in turn leads to a greater number of positive changes occurring in one's life.
Nothing Happens Without Action
The bottom line is always that no change can ever be enacted without action. Without acting on an intention, there is simply no way for even the most well intended goal to become a reality. The problem is, that in order to act on a thought or idea it is sometimes necessary to overcome fear of some sort. It can be very common to feel fear around an idea because before an idea is put to action, it is easy to believe that an idea will be successful. Once it is time to put that idea in place, however, the possibility that something could go wrong becomes real. This is why many people never put some of their best ideas into action.
Putting Thoughts Into Action
Putting thoughts into action requires courage. Courage, like any other quality, can be cultivated, however. The more often fears are faced, the easier it becomes to face them. Through repeatedly putting ideas into action, it is possible to become a much braver and much more powerful person. This is when sobriety truly becomes the process of permanent self improvement. There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to healing from addiction, but with strength and determination, it is possible to see an amazing level of change.