12 Principles in the 12 Steps

Affirmations reach upward

Thought for today:

When we wake up, it takes time.  Time to transition.   When we are willing to try something new, we realize we may not do it perfectly.  So when we talk about having a spiritual awakening and trying to practice its lessons in our daily lives, we realize its not a one time thing.  It’s a daily practice.

DA Step 12:

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive debtors, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

A member shares:

“I try to practice the principles of the Twelve Steps in my daily life.  I don’t do it perfectly though.  Sometimes I falter.  But the important thing is that I honestly try.

“In my group, I try to sponsor newcomers.  At work, I try to put in a full day’s work.  With extended family and friends, I try to practice tolerance and love.

“With DA in my life, I am able to heal.”

Principles behind the Twelve Steps:

Living the Twelve Steps brings us new awareness of the potential for healing.  When we allow ourselves to

To some of us, the principles behind the Steps can be summed up as:

  1. Acceptance
  2. Willingness
  3. Trust
  4. Honesty
  5. Courage
  6. Awareness
  7. Humility
  8. Mindfulness
  9. Reconciliation
  10. Integrity
  11. Connectedness
  12. Love*


“Am I practicing DA in all areas of my life?”

Meditation for today:

If we have integrity, we can be honest with ourselves and those around us.  This is freeing, because the truth is easy to remember.  When we seek each day to live according to the principle of love, all things work for the good.

Affirmation for today:

“Today I will love.”

Recommended reading:  

See our Fourth Step Template which helps us to take a fearless moral inventory.

Some members, with the help of their Pressure Relief Group, take a moratorium from debt payments in order to get their spending under control.  See this Debt Moratorium sample letter to creditors for one example.

For a detailed analysis of all the Twelve Steps, read A.A.’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

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