Recovery Means Regular Practice




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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

The last few weeks, I’ve been sharing some important principles about recovery that I’ve borrowed from my recent experience working with my son Hunter on his basketball game.

I know it may seem odd that coaching basketball skills would lend itself to recovery practices, but the truth is when we recognize that effective recovery is basically learning how to live effectively, it makes perfect sense.


– Recovery means embracing failure.
– Recovery means mastering the basics.
– Recovery means relearning.

Which leads me to this one:

Recovery means regular practice.

This is something that many of us seem to forget when it comes to any skill (and yes, recovery is a life skill). If you don’t stay in practice things will eventually start to slip.

I know with Hunter, this is especially true.


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For instance, if he doesn’t shoot free throws for a week or so, when he starts shooting them again he’s very rusty. It doesn’t matter if he shot 100, 200, or even 300 the week before – his lack of daily practice can be seen in sloppier form and concentration.

Regular practice is invaluable, and it is what’s needed to reinforce what they call muscle memory.

You know what other “muscle” needs practice to stay in proper form? Your mental muscle.

In the recovery context, practice means stuff like…

– Checking in with your accountability partner each day.
– Going to your small/support group each week.
– Posting in your recovery community each day.
– Journaling each day.
– Reading your book or doing your online course regularly.
– Keeping your weekly counseling appointments.
– Reflecting each day on your wins and losses.

The list goes on.

It’s a relatively simple concept but one that is so easy to forget. If you get out of practice, your recovery “game” will suffer.

This is why when I see guys come back to Small Groups Online or the Live Free Community after an extended absence, the most common thing I hear is something like this, “Man, I was doing good for a while but then started slipping up and decided I needed to get back here.”

Regular practice.

It’s key to recovery and so much more; so don’t ignore or forsake it because the end result will not be anything that you hoped for.

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