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Questions to ask yourself while working Step 10

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    Step Ten ~ Part 4: Questions

    “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.”

    1. In taking a daily inventory of what are we to become increasingly aware?

    2. What actions can we take to become aware of shortcomings through the inventory process?

    3. Have you noticed as you did a Tenth Step Inventory that you have uncovered some aspects of your past which may need professional help?

    4. The new attitudes of honesty about our problems and surrender to a Power greater than ourselves has become a part of us. What are some actions that you take daily that have given you a sane and satisfying way of life?

    5. We have been forced to adapt to this new way of coping with life in order to recover from alcoholism. Can you now say you are grateful for the program? If so, explain.



    Tenth Step Invento

    Selfishness, self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred-forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.

    So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness (p. 62, Alcoholics Anonymous).


    1. HOW WAS I SELFISH (i.e., thinking only of myself, or not putting myself in someone else’s position)?

    2. HOW WAS I RESENTFUL (and what was the basis of this resentment)?

    3. HOW WAS I AFRAID (How does this demonstrate a lack of faith, misplaced faith, or faith in a negative outcome)?

    4. HOW WAS I DISHONEST (by commission or omission)?

    5. HOW DID I DEMAND TO CONTROL (“Do it my way”)?

    6. HOW DID I DEMAND TO BE RIGHT (“I told you so!”)?

    7. HOW DID I DEMAND TO BE A VICTIM (“Poor me!”)?

    8. HOW WAS I DEFIANT (“Don’t confuse me with the facts, I’ve made up my mind!”)?

    9. HOW WAS I IN DENIAL (“I don’t care, I want it my way!”)

    10. WHO DID I HURT AND HOW DID I HURT THEM (i.e., who was affected as a result of my action or inaction)?

    11. HOW CAN I REPAIR THE DAMAGE (i.e., how can I put right what I’ve put wrong)?

    12. WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE BETTER (i.e., what actions could I have taken to improve the situation)?

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