Lesson 21 of Recovery Nation is about goal setting. It posed the following questions.
A. What large goals have you attempted in your life and failed? Why do you suppose you failed?
When I think about it, I can’t recall ever failing to achieve a goal when I sincerely and thoughtfully made a goal.
B. What large goals have you attempted in your life and succeeded? Why do you suppose you were able to succeed?
I made it a goal to be faithful to my wife and to abstain from porn and masturbation in perpetuity from July 21, 2012. To date, I have succeeded. The goal was specific, measurable, positive, meaningful, and consistent with my values.
C. List one recovery goal that you have and break it down into as many smaller, measurable tasks as necessary for you to manage it successfully. If you find this difficult, then you are probably starting off with too general of a recovery goal. Make it specific.
My goal is to do no less than 180 minutes of “recovery” study and introspection each week. That means I should do at least 26 minutes each day, I should make that my first priority when I am not actively engaged with family or work, and I should not go to sleep until I’ve met my daily commitment.