Introduction This personal inventory guide will assist you in completing your Fourth Step, as instructed in the book of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a read and write guide. So, let’s begin by getting a pen or pencil. Getting Started There are four sections to the Fourth Step, each with a corresponding worksheet you may fill out. The basic process is to read the section, then fill out the worksheet. Feel free to make copies of a worksheet if more space is needed. The four sections to your personal inventory are: 1. Resentments 2. Fears 3. Sex Conduct 4. Harm Done to Others 1. Resentments (From page 63, paragraph 4 through page 65, paragraph 1) Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions. Therefore, we started upon a personal inventory. This was Step Four. A business which takes no regular inventory usually goes broke. Taking a commercial inventory is a fact-finding and a factfacing process. It is an effort to discover the truth about the stock-in-trade. One object is to disclose damaged or unsalable goods, to get rid of them promptly and without regret. If the owner of the business is to be successful, he cannot fool himself about values. We did exactly the same thing with our lives. We took stock honestly. First, we searched out the flaws in our make-up which caused our failure. Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations. 1557 St Clair Ave, NE Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 241-7387 http://www.aacle.org 2 Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. In dealing with resentments, we set them on paper. We listed people, institutions or principles with whom we were angry. We asked ourselves why we were angry. In most cases it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal relationships (including sex) were hurt or threatened. So we were sore. We were “burned up.” On our grudge list we set opposite each name our injuries. Was it our self-esteem, our security, our ambitions, our personal, or sex relations, which had been interfered with?