Step 1 worksheet:
THE FIRST STEP: WE ADMITTED WE WERE POWERLESS OVER OUR BEHAVIOUR, THAT OUR LIVES HAD BECOME UNMANAGEABLE.
Note: Make sure you acquire a large blank journal or notebook, to keep all of your answers and any insights you make in one place.
Step One Worksheet
WRITE DOWN OR ANSWER THE FOLLOWING:
1. Look in the dictionary and write down the definition of Powerless.
2. Write down what Powerlessness means to you.
3. Write down in detail 3 different experiences where you were powerless over your behavior.
4. Look in the dictionary and write down the definition of Unmanageable.
5. Write down what Unmanageability means to you.
6. Write down in detail 3 different examples of how your life during your time of acting out has become unmanageable.
7. What pain or fear do you associate with stopping this destructive behaviour?
8. What pleasure do you get from your destructive behaviour?
9. What will it cost you if you do not stop acting out?
10. What are the benefits you could gain by stopping the destructive behaviour?
11. How has your destructive behaviour placed your important relationships in jeopardy?
12. Have you lost self-respect and/or reputation due to your behaviour, if yes how?
13. Has acting out made your home life unhappy, if yes how?
14. Has your behaviour caused any type of illness, if yes what?
15. Do you turn to the type of people that enable you to act out?
16. What aspects of your behaviour do your loved ones, friends, family or business associates object to the most?
17. What type of abuse has happened to you and/or others due to your destructive behaviour?
18. List examples of what you have done in the past to fix, control or change your acting out?
19. If this issue is such an important area in your life that needs to be changed, why haven’t you changed?
20. Are you now willing to do whatever it takes to have your acting out and life changed, healed, or transformed?21. If your answer to number 20 is YES write down (not type) and say aloud the following: “I admit I am powerless over my destructive behaviour, that my life has become unmanageable. I cannot, with my unaided will and present understanding, manage my acting out.”