Step 7

Humility, Agreement, Ability to Surrender
We ask our higher power/higher selves to remove our shortcomings

Summary and how it applies to the 12 steps.

Step 7 of the 12 steps Is all about the idea of humility. Step 7 builds on both step 3 and step 6. These steps act as a prerequisite of knowing the specifics of your weaknesses. Once an individual knows what to remove they can now allow their higher power to help.

An important aspect of step 7 is remaining humble in order to keep a recovering individual from downsizing the impacts of their behavior. It also causes one to check the limits of their will over their disease at any time. Step 7 will help check the limits of the individual, but it is also a key factor in realizing the influence of a greater force on addiction.

Step Exercises/Discussion Topics

  1. What kind of situations, stressors or pressures cause you to regress back into your defects of character? What can you do to lessen the likelihood of that stress occurring?
  2. What makes you lose hope? Can you avoid such situations? If so, then how?
  3. What (person, situation, event, thought) restores your hope? Is there a way to maximize those influences? If so, then how?
  4. What would you like to recapture in your life?
  5. Describe in detail what you think that your life will be like with your defects of character removed from you.
  6. When do you think that life has been especially good for you? When did you have the greatest joy?
  7. Describe your typical day's activities in terms of how much time you spend on each type of activity.
  8. What do you think that you can do to leave the world a better place and accomplish your mission in life?

Other Steps of The 12 Steps

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