The Authors of the Big Book wrote:
Therefore, we started upon a personal inventory. This was Step Four. A business which takes no regular inventory usually goes broke. Taking a commercial inventory is a fact-finding and a fact-facing process. It is an effort to discover the truth about the stock-in-trade. One object is to disclose damaged or unsalable goods, to get rid of them promptly and without regret. If the owner of the business is to be successful, he cannot fool himself about values.
We did exactly the same thing with our lives. We took stock honestly. First, we searched out the flaws in our make-up which caused our failure. Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations.
To start with look at the definition of the term Commercial inventory. The authors call it fact finding.
Fact finding is both good and bad. I.E. Assets and Liabilities.
I agree he is most concerned about the damaged goods and spends allot of time showing how things you may take as good are really bad. Still facts are facts. In the story "He sold himself short" While talking about his Moral inventory he points out that Dr Bob talked about the bad stuff, which tells me they talked about both. But even skidrow drunks or dead drunks (like my Grandfather, who drank himself to death in his 30's) have redeeming social values and as facts are not ignored. But most importantly the simple nature of the word inventory.
Now Dallas you agreed that the Daily Moral Inventory provided by Akron is good for step 10. I would think the the word used "Continue" would convey that we used it before. As in "Continue to take personal inventory"
Now for step Three. I'm not sure about you but I have self will even today. For example I could walk into the local liquor store and buy a bottle of Old Crow and down it. I have that choice daily just as I have the choice of becoming closer to my Higher Power maintaining my Spiritual Fitness. Noe the "How can I best serve Thee-Thy will (not mine) be done." takes in the essence of the Third Step Prayer. Also it is directing me to do so daily at this point.
Excuse me I will fill in more later I have a fever do to a abscessed tooth and it comes out Tuesday (I can not wait). I hope this made some sense. I will vote sloth now.