Continue to take personal inventory
and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
With the tenth step, we implement some ongoing self-check mechanisms into our lives. It is a kind of maintenance process to help us keep things in good operating condition. These kinds of inventories include:
- Daily inventory: a simple process of reflecting on today’s emotional responses, behaviors, motives, triggers, responsibilities and commitments that can help you keep your life in balance.
- Periodic inventory: many people like to do an annual inventory to prevent old thinking from creeping back in.
- Situational inventory: when a significant or upsetting event occurs, it can be useful to review the situation to make sure you understand and identify how and why you acted the way you did, and to determine if there are any amends that need to be addressed.
Taking ongoing inventories also helps us be honest and proactive about things that need to be corrected. We are asked to promptly admit it when we make mistakes in any area of our life. For some of us, this can be very humbling, but for all of us, it teaches us wisdom and maturity.