Steps

Steps

Steps

Here are some additional resources to help make taking the 12 Steps a little easier from and organizational standpoint.  I hope they help you as much as they helped me.

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Reading Assignments:

STEP 1: BB Pages 30-43 / 12&12 Pages 21-24
STEP 2: BB Pages 44-60 / 12&12 Pages 25-33
STEP 3: BB Pages 60-64 / 12&12 Pages 34-41
STEP 4: BB Pages 64-71 / 12&12 Pages 42-54
STEP 5: BB Pages 72-75 / 12&12 Pages 55-62
STEP 6: BB Page 76 / 12&12 Pages 63-69
STEP 7: BB Page 76 / 12&12 Pages 70-76
STEP 8: BB Pages 76-84 / 12&12 Pages 77-82
STEP 9: BB Pages 76-84 / 12&12 Pages 83-87
STEP 10: BB Pages 84-85 / 12&12 Pages 88-95
STEP 11: BB Pages 85-88 / 12&12 Pages 96-105
STEP 12: BB Pages 89-103/ 12&12 Pages 106-125

Spiritual Principles

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous each have a foundation principle that the spirit of the Step is built upon:

STEP 1: HONESTY
STEP 2: HOPE
STEP 3: FAITH
STEP 4: COURAGE
STEP 5: INTEGRITY
STEP 6: WILLINGNESS
STEP 7: HUMILITY
STEP 8: LOVE
STEP 9: DISCIPLINE
STEP 10: PERSEVERANCE
STEP 11: AWARENESS
STEP 12: SERVICE

Surrendering

Each of the 12 Steps calls on the person taking them to become willing to surrender something. While this is not an exhaustive list, it represents a really great place to start. (Use this as a litmus test for yourself to gauge the quality of your spiritual condition)

In Step 1, I will surrender…
1.) The delusion that in and of myself I have power, and
2.) The belief that alcohol was/is my problem

In Step 2, I will surrender…
1.) My desire to control everything myself, and
2.) My belief that I am responsible for the outcome of my life

In Step 3, I will surrender…
The person I was before coming to A.A. and taking these Steps

In Step 4, I will surrender…
1.) Fear of looking at who I was, and
2.) Any desire to regret the past

In Step 5, I will surrender…
Fear of sharing my inventory with another human being

In Step 6, I will surrender…
The desire to hold onto my defects of character no matter how familiar or comfortable they are

In Step 7, I will surrender…
The belief that I can become less of my character defects on my own or remove them myself

In Step 8, I will surrender…
1.) Fear of telling the truth, and
2.) My need to point out “their” part, and
3.) Fear of the outcome

In Step 9, I will surrender…
1.) My hesitation to take action, and
2.) Fear they won’t accept my amends, and
3.) Again, fear of the outcome

In Step 10, I will surrender…
My belief that I don’t need to continue the inventory process each and every day to identify “defects du jour” (defects of the day)

In Step 11, I will surrender…
1.) My desire to tell God what to do
2.) My belief that meditation is hard and only for those more spiritual than myself

In Step 10, I will surrender…
1.) Fear that I don’t have anything to give, and
2.) Laziness in practicing these principles in all my affairs

One Thing You Need To Know

In an effort to make our 12 Steps as accessible as possible, I created 12 simple things to help me remember one thing about each Step….

STEP 1: “Alcohol Isn’t My Problem”

STEP 2: “The Solution Isn’t Me”

STEP 3: “Real Action Starts With a Decision”

STEP 4: “It’s About Causes & Conditions”

STEP 5: “Others See Us Better Than We Do”

STEP 6: “Willingness Is The Key”

STEP 7: “Humility Heals Pain”

STEP 8: “Cleaning Up the Past Is Just Part Of It”

STEP 9: “The Action Continues”

STEP 10: “What a Sober Day Looks Like”

STEP 11: “Talking & Listening to God”

STEP 12: “Go Give It Away”

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