(how many times do we talk about getting it together and issue a press release about it but not really do anything about it? For me more times than I like to think about -- although each failure-to-launch was its own eventual lesson learned).
admit what I can't do on my own, ask for help, take direction, second-guess my first thought, pause when agitated, write... pray... meditate...
are ultimately (when I use them) about clearing the path
"As I look back on that period, I realize how true it is that one of the primary differences between alcoholics and nonalcoholics is that nonalcoholics change their behavior to meet their goals and alcoholics change their goals to meet their behavior."
-- Alcoholics Anonymous, "Window of Opportunity," pg. 423