Step Ten: The Spot-Check Version

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Step Ten is usually done at the end of each day and on an as-needed basis. The as-needed, spot-check version can be incredibly useful. This type of tenth step recognizes that if we are disturbed or upset, then there is something wrong with either us or the situation around us and the issue is best looked at right away, before things escalate. If we are at work and become angry with our boss, a fellow employee, or a client, we can work a quick tenth step, pausing to look at the situation, making note of any part that we have played in it. Once we have a better understanding of what is happening and our role in it, we can more easily deal with it in an appropriate fashion. When we pause before actingto perform a quick tenth step inventory, it typically prevents the sort of regrettable behaviors that later require a formal amends. When this occurs, life is much less troublesome and significantly more serene.

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Think about the short and long-term benefits of spot-check Step Ten inventories.