Activity 18 - So How Are You Doing?

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 04:39


Maurice Gibbons (c) 2008 Personal Power Press International

In Activity #2, you did a survey to see how self-directed you are. The purpose of that activity was threefold:

1. To introduce the main elements of self-direction so that you would have a general picture of what this program is about.
2. To incite you to think about your own experience with self- direction and how self-directed you are already.
3. To give you an instrument you could use anytime to see how you are progressing.

So this is the same review that you took near the beginning, only the question now is “How self-directed have you become since then?”

***Remember the survey is for you only. Be as accurate as you can.

Activity 2 Survey

      1. Attribution: In my opinion, people succeed in life because …

      They are lucky 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 They make it happen

      2. Self-talk: My thoughts about my potential for success are usually …

      Negative 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Positive

      3. Influence: When I decide to do something, I am most strongly influenced by …

      Other people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 My own decisions

      4. Self-awareness: My knowledge about my personal strengths and capacities is …

      Very limited 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Very complete

      5. Interests: I have a number of interests that I pursue regularly.

      False 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 True

      6. Effectiveness: If I decided to make a change in my life, I would likely …

      Be unable to do it 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Do it successfully

      7. Curiosity: In the course of a day or week I find myself asking questions and searching for answers …

      Very seldom 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Very often

      8. Clarity: What I want to do next is usually …

      A mystery to me 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Clear to me

      9. Learning: I find new ideas or skills that I want to learn …

      Very rarely 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Every day

      10. Creating: I have original ideas worth expressing …

      Very seldom 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Very often

      11. Goal-Setting: In my day-to-day life, I …

      Take things as they come 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Regularly set goals to achieve

      12. Challenge: I challenge myself to go into new activities and to reach new levels of performance …

      Never 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Often

      13. Planning: When I have a task to complete, I lay out a strategic plan for doing it efficiently and effectively …

      Not in my lifetime 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Every time

      14. Determination: When I’m doing a project and the work gets difficult, I run into problems, or people hassle me …

      I quit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I persevere

      15. Organization: When it comes to scheduling my time, prioritizing my work, and gathering the resources I need, I’m…

      Hopeless 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Skilled

      16. Support: When I plan and launch a project, I feel that those around me—family, colleagues, friends—will…

      Ignore or diminish 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Support and encourage my work

      17. Learning: The special, personal ways that I learn best,

      Are unknown to me 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I know and use

      18. Motivation: Can you motivate yourself to start new projects and to keep going until they are finished?

      No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Yes

      19. Openness: When new ideas, approaches, techniques or equipment come along,

      I ignore them 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I find out about them

      20. Assistance: When I need guidance or assistance…

      I struggle through on my own 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I ask for help

      21. Self-examination: When I’m messing up, and I’m feeling low…

      I think about something else 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I try to figure out what’s happening

      22. Process analysis: When a project I’m working on breaks down…

      I quit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I figure out what’s going wrong and fix it

      23. Skills: I use a very effective procedure for learning new skills.

      False 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 True

      24. Vision: I have a vision of my future that I want to make happen.

      False 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 True

      25. Voice: Do you know your own ideas about things, your own feelings, the values that you consider important, the contributions that you want to make—in other words, do you know yourself?

      No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Yes

      26. Field: Is there a field of knowledge (eg. astronomy), a field of activity (eg. writing music), a profession (eg. medicine) or work (eg. starting a business) that you want to be very good at?

      No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Yes

      27. Expectation: When I begin a project I usually expect to

      Fail 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Succeed

      28. Strategy: When you want something to happen, do you think through a strategy to make it happen?

      No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Yes

      29. Celebration: When I achieve a goal, complete a project, or make a contribution:

      I move to the next task 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I celebrate

      30. Pleasure: When I’m doing one of my projects…

      It’s grim, dull work 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I am happy and fulfilled

As you look at your results, how would you rate your progress from the first survey (check one):

         Not as much as I hoped

         Good. I did okay

         Great! I did a lot better than I thought I would.

Write about this in your journal. Emphasize how you have progressed and what you can do to progress even more.

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