Willingness is the last part of HOW (Honesty, Openmindedness, and Willingness). If you believe that every living creature has a natural drive for health, to survive and prosper, then it makes sense that the willingness is there, somewhere.

The illusion of control and other aspects of addiction stop willingness. Recognize these characteristics, and you will become willing to surrender to recovery.

Nurturing Willingness

Willingness is an attitude that can be nurtured. Remember that the hopeless feeling may be produced by the disease itself, and is one of addiction’s greatest allies. If you recognize it for what it is, you can dismiss the hopelessness as another tactic of your disease, and turn instead to willingness and gratitude.

One tiny step at a time An ancient Oriental proverb says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Your addiction will try to convince you it is hopeless because you have so far to go. With a Higher Power or autopilot, you can, just for today, put one foot ahead of the other. The attitude that you can do that is willingness.

Using a Higher Power

Willingness to recover includes daring to hope and to dream. There should be some source, Higher Power or Program that will give you the guidance and the power for recovery if you will only become willing to allow that guidance to work.

Willingness, see also: Acceptance, Amends, Attitudes, Checklist mentality, Control, Fear, Freedoms, Grace, Gratitude, Honesty, Humility, Openmindedness, Prayer & meditation, Program, Step Two, Step Three, Step Seven, Surrender, Trust.

Updated 11 Sep 2015

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