"There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation."
AA's Big Book, "There is a Solution," pg. 25
Or, to make it even more clear, what is required for success in working the program of recovery outlined in the book "Alcoholics Anonymous?"
The leveling of our pride.
The confession of our shortcomings.
As it says elsewhere in the book, "What an order! I can't go through with it!"
No one does it perfectly. The key to getting and staying sober is to do it.
And then keep doing it.
I promise that while it's not always easy, it's not nearly as grim as it might sound.