Practice & Habit

Personal transformation in AA comes about by the grace of God through a twin process of spiritual awakening and the practice of spiritual principles.

The awakening enables the practice, and the practice furthers the awakening. Both issue from surrender and humility, first forced on us by defeat and humiliation, then freely embraced as the road to freedom.

Continuing and repeated practice turns principle into habit and habit into trait of character. We become honest by telling the truth, grateful by giving thanks, kind by doing kind deeds.

In doing we become, and in becoming we change. To change is to exchange habit for habit, ceasing to practice anger and greed and fear and practicing instead forgiveness and generosity and faith. We are what we repeatedly do.

“Practice the principles”