There is only one key, and it is called willingness.
Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.
All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness.
He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try repeatedly Step Six on all his faults -- without any reservations whatever -- has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.
We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable.
This required great willingness even to begin.
Already a willingness has been achieved to cast out one's own will and one's own ideas about the alcohol problem in favor of those suggested by A.A.
Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements.
Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.
Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend.
Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more.
Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription.
In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere.
Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)