Kickstart - Module 1 Step 1

Get Motivated!



Step 1 - The Motivation Questions

The point of this exercise is to get really clear about why you're choosing to get sober and to ramp up your motivation levels to give yourself even more chance of success.

You might find you end up with some of the same answers to the different questions. This is okay and helps to emphasise and embed why you're doing this. Keep going.

This activity works best when you sit with each question for more time than feels comfortable. When you think you've run out of answers to one question, keep thinking about that question for a few more moments before you move onto the next one. Get as many answers to each question as you can.

The questions have the best impact if they are answered in the order they are written - number one first and number four last.

The questions have the best impact if you record your answers in some way. Different ways of doing this work for different people. Some prefer to:

  • Write answers in full sentences and paragraphs; or
  • Draw diagrams/doodles; or
  • List bullet-point answers; or
  • Speak answers into a recording device; or
  • Draw sketches; or
  • Use your Getting Sober Record

The important thing is that you commit to the exercise by giving it the time and attention it needs to have the best impact on you and your success.

Start by allocating yourself a good 20 minute slot where you can sit down in private, in peace and quiet. Make sure you'll be uninterrupted – turn any phones or gadgets on silent. This is important “you time” – allowing you to reflect and take steps to nurture yourself and start creating the new sober you. You are the most important person in your life for this 20 minutes.

The Motivation Questions

  1. What will happen if I do get sober?
  2. What will happen if I don’t get sober?
  3. What won’t happen if I do get sober?
  4. What won’t happen if I don’t get sober?

When you have finished, you can share some of your thoughts and answers on the Support Forum – it is amazing how much we have in common with other people once we dig below the surface. And this can be incredibly reassuring and motivating when we’re making changes to our lifestyle.

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