Examining my character defects at first seemed a daunting task. I mean, I just drank too much and got into some trouble. If I just quit drinking, everything would be all right. This proved not to be the case for me. Time and again I went back to a drink for one reason or another. The biggest block towards progress for me was negative fear – fear of public opinion, loss, domination, finances, etc. I often associated fear with cowardice in my screwed-up mind. With time and clearer head I can see where positive fear is necessary and healthy for the sake of self-preservation. Of course fear can paralyze me from moving forward and this I cannot afford. Only with faith in something greater than myself can I move forward.