Activity 2 - How Self-Directed Are You?

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 08:10

Maurice Gibbons (c) 2008 Personal Power Press International


Consider the following aspects of SDL. Rate yourself on a scale from 1, “Not self-directed at all,” to 10, “Very self-directed.”

Remember: this is not a test. There are no right answers. This is a personal survey for your eyes only, and for your use in deciding how to become more self-directed. Make your response useful by being as clear and accurate as you can.

The item on the left describes “1” - Not self-directed; the item on the right describes “10” - Very self-directed. Circle the number that most accurately rates where you stand on the scale.

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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
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