Napolean Hill and Sobriety
I've been reading Napoleon Hill books lately. He was a speech writer for U.S. President Harry Truman in the last Depression. He wrote some famous motivational books and is considered one of the founders of Positive Psychology. This type of thinking has many detractors but "foul water will quench fire", in other words, I look to efficacy as my metric. *
He has a 3 step process to achieve your goals:
1. Write a clear description of your one major desire, i.e., Sobriety
2. Write a precise statement of what you intend to give for your sobriety, i.e., strict adherence to the 12 steps of A.A.
3. Memorize both statements and begin repeating them to yourself hourly.
Whatever your mind feeds upon, your mind attracts to you. You need definiteness of purpose and a clear picture of what you want from life. Sobriety is number one because without it, all else fails.
This may look like brainwashing yourself and that's probably what you are doing to undo all the negative messages you have given yourself over the years.
He has a prayer of thankfulness you say a few times a day:
"Divine Providence, I ask not for more riches but for more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I was given at birth in the form of the ability to direct my mind to ends of my own choice."
The riches you can enjoy if you take possession of your own mind and direct it to ends of your own choice include:
Peace of mind
A labor of love of your choosing
Freedom from fear and worry
A positive mental attitude
Material riches of your choice in the quantity you desire.
On the other hand, the penalties if you do not take possession of your mind are:
Fear and worry
Indecision and doubt
Frustration and discouragement Poverty and want
And a litany of evils like envy greed jealousy, anger, hatred and superstition.