The 12 Steps are valuable set of tools that can help you to get to know yourself better and teach you how to have relationships with others in recovery including your Higher Power. The Tenth Step models a list of questions out of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 86.
Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life?
“Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it” is the basis of Step Ten. Using Step Ten gives you a chance to keep yourself accountable. Finding a moral code will catapult you into the direction of grasping how to do the right thing with your plan of recovery especially with these ten reasons why a Tenth Step proves to be beneficial.
- Your conscience will start to clear which can help you to sleep better.
- Your code becomes about love and tolerance.
- You will uncover when you are keeping something to yourself that can lead you closer to a relapse.
- You will be able to find your part in situations for personal growth.
- You will check your motives in what you are trying to accomplish in your life.
- You will develop a better connection with your Higher Power.
- You are doing Steps Four thru Nine every time you do a Tenth Step which will continue to keep you up to date with your step work.
- You will become more honest because this step is between you and your Higher Power which means that if you lie on your Tenth Step then you are really just lying to yourself.
- You can build your self-esteem by listing the ways you have been helpful to others.
- You understand how to clean up your side of the street more efficiently.
A Tenth Step should be used throughout the day and as a nightly review of your day. Once you have completed your Tenth Step, you will want to ask your Higher Power for forgiveness and to show you what correct measures should be taken. This action may seem meaningless, but just try it for a while to see what happens. Learning about yourself in this capacity will assist in making your recovery that much stronger and longer lasting.
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