Today's reading from Courage to Change reminds me this is, always and forever, a one-day-at-a-time program. Changing the thinking of a lifetime is not done overnight.
Now that I am on a good track, I use the Tenth Step to make me aware of when I am sliding back into faulty thinking.
I take this as an invitation to stop and look at my reality. Do I think I am on the "inside track" and that I know how everything should be done? Do I insist on believing others are too short-sighted to see what I alone can see? Have I gone back to my old habits of running my own life and forgetting to trust in my Higher Power? What about my tendencies to ignore my feelings, thinking that it a practical way to live?
I can apply "Easy Does It", and gently when I find myself reverting back to self-defeating thinking and behaviors.
"By promptly admitting where I've gone wrong, I'm doing what I can to change."
Let me remember not to settle for anything less than peace of mind. I use Step Ten to remind myself to take time each day to make corrections in my course towards serenity.