I'm not a morning person. Never have been. Getting myself up and out of bed is just really difficult, no matter how much sleep I've had. The thing is, getting up on time sets the tone for my whole day. I eat a healthy breakfast, meditate, talk with my husband about the day ahead and even catch up on a little news. It's an entirely different scene on days when I hit snooze or get up late, which lately happens to be more often than not. I basically tear around the house in a tizzy, trying to get out the door without forgetting something important. I've decided to let you in on my morning mania, embarrassing as it may be, because it's what I intend to change in the coming year for the benefit my recovery. My goal is to get up at the same time each day (excluding weekends) and eliminate the "snooze" from my morning routine. Having 19 years in recovery, I've learned a few things about setting goals and staying focused. Over the years, my personal goals have included earning graduate degrees, quitting smoking, and even running a marathon. All of those goals felt daunting at first, until I broke them down into manageable pieces by applying some of the very same principles, practices and slogans I was introduced to in early recovery. Here are three of my favorite slogans to inspire and inform personal transformation: Keep It Simple—This slogan is a great reminder to me about how major life change happens—by doing small things differently. Drinking more water. Getting more exercise. Trying out a new meeting. I've found that the very act of writing down my goal—spelling it out on paper—helps me turn my aspiration into my commitment. Easy Does It—When I fall short in striving toward a goal, it's not time to throw in the towel (as much as I might want to). It's time for a pep talk. What's going on? Why am I struggling? How might I adjust things? We can be our own worst critic. Change is hard. We need to have patience with ourselves so we can push through the difficulties and keep moving forward. Progress Not Perfection—What this slogan says to me is that success doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. When I view my success only in black-and-white terms, I lose sight of improvements I've actually been able to make. And that progress is real and valuable—perfectionism is the illusion. Living in recovery gives us a special awareness and deep appreciation of the potential for personal transformation. We can change. We do change. We are changed.