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February 1, 2012

One Word for Each of The 12 Steps

As I have worked the 12 Steps, they have truly become part of my life. Over the years I have thought a lot about what each step means to me; recently, I have tried to a compile a list containing one word for each step. I know it's nothing new or fancy, but I feel that each word I chose embodies the substance of the step for me. I used a few different sources to find the right words, including 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, and the ARP Guide. Underneath each word I have included a definition found on I don't mean this to be a replacement of any of the twelve steps; its merely one word for each step that best represents the meaning of each step to me. I hope that it can at least provide you with a few moments of insight into some of the deeper, root meanings, of the steps.
  • Step 1 - Defeat
The act of defeating or state of being defeated. Failure to win. A coming to naught; frustration
  • Step 2 - Belief
The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another
Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something
  • Step 3 - Decision
A judgment, conclusion, or resolution reached or given;
verdict the act of making up one's mind firmness of purpose or character; determination
  • Step 4 - Inventory
A detailed, itemized list, report, or record of things in one's possession, especially a periodic survey of all goods and materials in stock.
An evaluation or a survey, as of abilities, assets, or resources.
  • Step 5 - Confession
The act or process of confessing.
Something confessed, especially disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution.
A written or oral statement acknowledging guilt, made by one who has been accused or charged with an offense.
  • Step 6 - Willingness
Disposed or inclined; prepared Acting or ready to act gladly; eagerly compliant Done, given, accepted, or borne voluntarily or ungrudgingly.
Of or relating to exercise of the will; volitional.
  • Step 7 - Humility
Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
Showing deferential or submissive respect Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly To curtail or destroy the pride of; humiliate.
  • Step 8 - Forgiveness
The act of forgiving; pardon.
the act of forgiving or the state of being forgiven. willingness to forgive
  • Step 9 - Amends
Recompense for grievance or injury
  • Step 10 - Vigilance
Alert watchfulness.
  • Step 11 - Meditation
A devotional exercise of or leading to contemplation. the act of meditating; contemplation; reflection  contemplation of spiritual matters
  • Step 12 - Service
Active devotion to God, as through good works or prayer.
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