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Step 10 begins laying the
foundation for the rest of my life. It is a pledge to
continually monitor my
life with honesty and humility. It requires me to be vigilant
against my addictive
behavior and against the triggers for my addictive behavior. It
to be humble before my God who can keep me from my addictive
behavior if I have
the right attitude. It requires me to deal with my defects
promptly when they
arise and not to let them linger in my life.
- From 12Step.org
The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many of
us have never really
habit of accurate self-appraisal. Once this healthy practice has
been groomed, it will
so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won't be
missed. For these minutes
sometimes hours spent in self-examination are bound to make all
the other hours of our
better and happier. And at length our inventories become a
regular part of everyday
rather than unusual or set apart.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 89-90
The Tenth Step can be a pressure relief valve. We work this step
while the day's ups
and downs are still fresh in our minds. We list what we have
done and try not to
rationalize our actions. This may be done in writing at the end
of the day. The first
we do is stop! Then we take the time to allow ourselves the
privilege of thinking. We
our actions, our reactions, and our motives. We often find that
we've been "doing"
we've been "feeling". This allows us to find out where we have
gone wrong and admit
before things get any worse. We need to avoid rationalizing. We
promptly admit our
not explain them.
We work this step continuously. This is a prevention, and the
more we do it, the less we
will need the corrective part of this step. This is really a
great tool. It gives us a
of avoiding grief before we bring it on ourselves. We monitor
our feelings, our
our fantasies, and our actions. By constantly looking at these
things we may be able to
repeating the actions that make us feel bad.
- Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text, Chapter 4/Step 10
Steps 10, 11, and 12 are sometimes called the maintenance steps.
They repeat many of the
outlined in previous steps, but they emphasize the value of
continuing to "work the
a day-to-day basis.
Step 10 encourages the taking of a personal inventory, which,
for recovering persons,
should be a daily process...
Our daily inventory certainly needs to assess the status of our
relationship with God.
we still yielding our will to Him? Bill Wilson emphasized how
crucial this evaluation
especially for addictive personalities, which tend to be
willful. Our need to surrender
ourselves to God on a daily basis will go on throughout our
lives, and we shall explore
means of that continuing spiritual surrender in Step 11.
- Serenity, A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, p. 67,