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The Fourth Step brings us to a specific course of action that the AA Big Book describes as “vigorous.” It is a “personal house-cleaning which many of had never attempted.” The Fourth Step strengthens the decision we made in the Third Step and helps us carry it out. According to the AA Big Book, unless we make a “strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which have been blocking us,” our decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him can “have little permanent effect.”
The Fourth Step is necessary to continue the progress we have made in the first three Steps. The AA Big Book uses the analogy of taking a business inventory to describe our Fourth Step work. The purpose of an inventory is to identify the stock that is old, obsolete or spoiled so that it can be thrown out and replaced with stock that can be used or sold. Our moral inventory serves the same purpose.
What was your understanding of this step early in your program?
What is it now?
How long did it take for you to first attempt your fourth step?
How long did it take once you started?
What were some of the barriers to you starting the Fourth Step?
What were some of the barriers to completing your Fourth Step?
What is an inventory and what is its purpose?
What does the term searching and fearless mean to you?
Why moral inventory?
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Why should the inventory be written?
What format did you use?
What is a resentment and why is it the number one offender?
What would you say to the new person about Step 4?