Step Seven

Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

The spiritual principle of Step Seven is humility. In this step we let go of our ego and humbly submit to a power greater than ourselves so that our shortcomings may be removed. Step Seven doesn't mean that we think less of ourselves; it means we think of ourselves less.

Getting Started:

  • Read Step Seven in LIFE WITH HOPE.
  • Review Steps Six and Seven with your sponsor, or with a trusted member of MA.
  • Look up the words: humility and surrender; write out the definitions that you find to be significant, and write what each word means to you.


Humility is needed to calmly ask for help and let go. We take the action and leave the results of our request to our Higher Power. Where humility once represented weakness to many of us, it now begins to hold the key to serenity.

  • How do I feel about the idea of practicing humility?
  • How does humility affect my recovery?
  • What can I do to practice humility in this step and in my daily life?


  • Having faith that our Higher Power knows what's right for us requires a complete surrender. We need to get out of the way, and allow the changes in our thinking and behaviors to happen.
  • How do I feel about surrendering and letting my Higher Power work in my life?
  • Am I willing to let go and surrender my character defects to my Higher Power?

Taking Action:

Some form of prayer is customary when we ask our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings, but the spiritual path may vary. Some of us write our own prayer and keep it between our Higher


Power and ourselves. Others share the experience with our sponsors and others still invite members of our sponsorship "family tree" to share in the ritual. How we ask our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings is a personal choice. It is suggested that we make the choice with help from our sponsor or spiritual advisor.

This seemingly simple act of prayer gives our Higher Power permission to work in our lives. When something happens to trigger our character defects, we are more apt to recognize it and have an opportunity to seek help from our Higher Power.

  • How will I ask my Higher Power to remove my shortcomings?
  • Do I choose to share the experience with my sponsor and other trusted members of the fellowship?
  • Do I believe that my Higher Power will remove my shortcomings?

Progress Not Perfection:

We often hear the phrase "progress, not perfection." Sometimes we make a little progress, and sometimes a lot. Any progress helps build the foundation for our recovery. When we strive for perfection, our ego gets in the way of letting our Higher Power into our recovery. It's important to take a step back. Looking at the progress we've made gives us an opportunity to see how much better our lives have become and how much our Higher Power has played a part; this is our recovery in action.

  • How do I practice perfection in my life?
  • How can I learn to apply spiritual principles and the tools of recovery in situations when I attempt perfection?
  • What will I do when a character defect reoccurs in my life after I've asked my higher power to remove it?

As we ask our Higher Power to remove our character defects, we ask to transform them into new useful patterns of thinking and behaving. When we ask humbly, we discover that our Higher Power can remove our imperfections and help us gain self-forgiveness.

We are now ready to take STEP EIGHT.


© Marijuana Anonymous World Services—Life with Hope 12 Step Workbook. A New Leaf Publications, a division of Marijuana Anonymous World Services, 2009. Print. ISBN 978-0-9765779-1-1

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