“Continued to take personal inventory and
when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”
AS we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure
of a new life. But when we approach Step Ten we commence to put our
A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul.
Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance,
and live to good purpose under all conditions?
A continuous look at our assets and liabilities, and a real desire to learn
and grow by this means, are necessities for us. We alcoholics have
learned this the hard way. More experienced people, of course, in all
times and places have practiced unsparing self-survey and criticism. For
the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until
self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and
accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to
correct what is wrong.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 88. Copyright © 1981
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Tenth Step Prayer
I pray I may continue:
To grow in understanding and effectiveness;
To take daily spot check inventories of myself;
To correct mistakes when I make them;
To take responsibility for my actions;
To be ever aware of my negative and
Self-defeating attitudes and behaviors;
To keep my willfulness in check;
To always remember I need Your help;
To keep love and tolerance of others as my code; and
To continue in daily prayer how I can best serve You,
My Higher Power.