Perfectionists Anonymous – 12 Steps

  1. We admitted we were powerless over the need to be perfect – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. We stopped making searching and fearless moral inventories of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being that we were not perfect.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God accept all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to delight in our shortcomings.
  8. We tore up the list of all aspects of our actions and character that we had been trying to make amends to.
  9. We decided to forgive ourselves of our faults, except when to do so would injure others or ourselves.
  10. We vowed not to continually criticise ourselves.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His love and acceptance for us.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other perfectionists and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
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