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Definition of Step Six – Willingness:
the quality or state of being prepared to do something; readiness.

Synonyms of Step Six – Willingness: readiness, preparedness, disposition, will, wish, desire; eagerness, keenness, enthusiasm, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs. Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail. We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. | More…

As we let go of our shortcomings and find their influence waning, We’ll notice that a loving God replaces those defects with quality attributes. –Just For Today | More…

Where we were fearful, we find courage. Where we were selfish, we find generosity.  Our delusions about ourselves will disappear to be replaced by self-honesty and self-acceptance. –Just For Today | More…


Becoming entirely ready means we will change.  Each new level of readiness brings new gifts. Our basic nature changes, and we find our readiness is no longer sparked only by pain but by a desire to grow spiritually. –Just For Today | More…

We examined our character defects, and found them all defective—after all, that’s why they’re called defects. And were we entirely ready to have God remove all of them?  Yes. –Just For Today | More…

Character defects include being stubborn, feeling self-pity, and wanting to always be in control. We must be ready to give up these defects, or they will hurt us.

Being ready is our part of Step Six. Our Higher Power will remove these defects, we don’t need to know how or when. We just have to be ready. –Keep it Simple 01/06 | More…

Step Six may be the greatest act of courage in the whole twelve-step process: a total act of faith. I have to trust that God will see the big picture and make the right choices. –Grapevine | More…


Becoming entirely ready to have our defects of character removed can be a long process, often taking place over the course of a lifetime.

Our state of readiness grows in direct proportion to our awareness of these defects and the destruction they cause. As we let go of our shortcomings and find their influence waning, we’ll notice that a loving God replaces those defects with quality attributes.

Where we were fearful, we find courage.  Where we were selfish, we find generosity.  Our delusions about ourselves will disappear to be replaced by self-honesty and self-acceptance. Just for Today | More…


Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything. The Sixth Step is the last “preparation” Step.

Although I have already used prayer extensively,
I have made no formal request of my Higher Power in the first Six Steps.

I have identified my problem, come to believe that there is a solution,
made a decision to seek this solution, and have “cleaned house.”

I now ask: Am I willing to live a life of sobriety, of change, to let go of my old self?  –Daily Reflections 04/06 | More…

Your mind works very simply: you are either trying to find out what are God’s laws in order to follow them; or you are trying to outsmart him. | More…


Self-will is like swimming upstream
Gods Will is like swimming downstream.

How many of us would presume to announce, ‘Well, I’m sober and I’m happy.’
‘What more can I want, or do?  I’m fine just the way I am.’

Experience has taught us that the price of such smug complacency — or, more politely, self-satisfaction is an inevitable backslide, punctuated sooner or later by a very rude awakening.

We have to grow, or else we deteriorate.
For us, the status quo can only be for today, never for tomorrow.

Change we must; we can’t stand still. A Day At A Time | More…


Most people wish to serve God,…. but only in an advisory capacity. | More…

Many times, we cling too tightly to conditions that could simply right themselves if we would only let go. Situations often work themselves out when we stop pushing and pulling too hard.

If we’re living on a spiritual basis and following our 12 Step program, lots of unpleasant conditions will clear up without any strain or struggle on our part.

The secret, then, is to do our part and act prudently, but also to be willing to let things happen. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

Now that we have accomplished an inventory of the good and not so good aspects of our character and behavior, are we willing to change them? All of them?

The important part in this 12 step principle is the willingness to let go of old behaviors and rely on our Higher Power. | More…


Bill W. considered each step to be a spiritual principle in and of itself. The most important of these is Humility.

Core Spiritual Principles of the Program:  Willingness, Open-mindedness, Honesty. AA’s Code:  Love and Tolerance of Others

The Principles of the Twelve Steps

Step One:             Honesty
Step Two:             Hope
Step Three:          Faith (Surrender)
Step Four:            Courage
Step Five:             Integrity
Step Six:               Willingness
Step Seven:          Humility
Step Eight:           Brotherly love
Step Nine:            Discipline
Step Ten:              Perseverance
Step Eleven:        Awareness
Step Twelve:       Service (Charity)

The relative success of the A.A. program seems to be due to the fact that an alcoholic who no longer drinks has an exceptional faculty for “reaching” and helping an uncontrolled drinker.

The heart of the suggested program of personal recovery is contained in Twelve Steps describing the experience of the earliest members of the Society.

The five principles of the Twelve Step Program are; membership requirement, spiritual basis, personal inventory, restitution, and helping others. | More…


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