Step Ten

Continuing Inventory

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

The section on Step Ten discusses these topics:

  • Continuing look at assets and liabilities is necessary
  • Eliminate emotional hangovers
  • Several types of inventories; spot-check, day’s end, house-cleanings, retreats
  • Any disturbance should prompt a self-inventory
  • Developing self-restraint
  • Everyone is frequently wrong or emotionally ill to some degree
  • Promptly admit failures to yourself and others
  • Daily inventory includes positives and motives for wrong thoughts or acts
  • One benefit is a good conscience

Daily Maintenance

Step Ten begins the daily maintenance tools of the Twelve-Step programs. Some people even call Steps Ten to Twelve maintenance steps, although all the Steps can and should be used frequently as tools.

At least once a day, you should take a few moments to consider the day’s activities, your decisions, how they worked out, your behavior, your feelings, and how you are progressing on your recovery. Many people do this at the end of the day, when they can take stock of what was productive, and what they would like to change in the future. You might also consider a few moments in the morning as you go over the day’s plans and see what you can do today to enhance your recovery.

Promptly Admit Wrongs

The other part of Step Ten says you don’t have to wait until tomorrow, or even the end of the day, to correct your behavior. In fact, the skill of admitting you are wrong is one of the most powerful interpersonal skills there is, and it is a blessing of the Program.


Step Ten, see also: Anonymity, Humility, Humor & fun, Inventory, Openmindedness, Slogans, Step Eleven, Willingness.

Updated 11 Sep 2015

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