Step 1 suggest you are trying to surppress the "ego" and the "I".....meaning it is still there.
One must go beyond the self, to do so, one must know oneself first.....when you know oneself, you won't have to suppress it.
This is a practice of recognizing it, not feeding it further. When you realize that it hurts to put your hand over a flame, you will want to withdraw your hand. Like the zenmasters say, don't make yourself stop thinking, just shut up! That's what I meant too. Telling someone to drop the ego can cause confusion, yes, but that's where the other steps come in. They keep each other up. I'm sure you don't mean to say that there is absolutely nothing to practice?
Practice is not the goal in itself, it has a purpose.....if there is no purpose, why are you on it for?
Purpose is to reach enlightenment at least.
With this I truly cannot agree. If we realize we are hurting ourselves, our goal is to stop hurting ourselves for the simple reason of seeing the futulity of hurting yourself. If the purpose is to reach something in the future, what good does it do you when you fail or find out that you are dying? When you practice for the purpose of reaching enlightenment in the future, you have made the present moment into an obstacle that needs to be overcome. That is craving and is actually the whole source of suffering you are trying to remove.
Every moment we are on the path, the path is fully realized. With evey step on the path our understanding deepens though. This makes it easier to keep returning to the path, but the goal is always here and now.