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