Here’s an opportunity for you to figure out how positive or negative you tend to be.
Beside each question, write the number that most closely represents how you’d react, most of the time. For the best results, go with your first reaction!
3 – Mostly Yes 2 – Sometimes 1 – Mostly No
____ 1. Are you friendly?
____ 2. Do you try not to complain?
____ 3. Can you be optimistic when others aren’t?
____ 4. Do you have a sense of duty and responsibility?
____ 5. Do you control your temper?
____ 6. Do you speak well of your employer or your instructor?
____ 7. Do you feel well most of the time?
____ 8. Do you follow directions willingly, asking questions when necessary?
____ 9. Do you keep your promises?
____ 10. Are you organized?
____ 11. Do you admit to your mistakes?
____ 12. Is it easy for you to like most people?
____ 13. Can you stick to a boring task without being forced to?
____ 14. Do you know your weaknesses and work to improve them?
____ 15. Can you take being teased?
____ 16. Do you try not to feel sorry for yourself?
____ 17. Are you courteous?
____ 18. Are you neat in your personal appearance and work habits?
____ 19. Do you respect other people’s opinions?
____ 20. Can you adapt easily to new and unexpected situations?
____ 21. Do you tolerate other people’s beliefs?
____ 22. Can you stop yourself from sulking when you don’t get your way?
____ 23. Are you a good listener?
____ 24. Are you the kind of friend you would like others to be?
____ 25. Can you disagree without being disagreeable?
____ 26. Are you normally on time?
____ 27. Do you consider yourself to be a courteous driver?
____ 28. Do you usually speak well of others?
____ 29. Can you take being criticized without feeling hurt or resentful?
____ 30. Do you generally look at the bright side of things?
____ 31. Can you work with someone you dislike?
____ 32. Are you pleasant to others even when you aren’t pleased about something?
____ 33. Are you enthusiastic about other people’s interests?
____ 34. Do you tend to be enthusiastic about whatever you do?
____ 35. Are you honest and sincere?
(Maximum score: 105)
Total your score and rate yourself according to the following scale:
|95 – 105||Your positives are positively terrific!|
|75 – 94||Your positives are definitely admirable!|
|45 – 74||Your positives need work in certain areas.|
|Below 45||Your positives have almost fizzled out. Take a close look at your attitude.|
Did you answer any of the survey questions with a “1”? If you did, select up to five of those areas and list them below:
Positives to Work On
To begin working on your positives, take the following steps for each item on your list:
- Think about how this attitude may be holding you back.
- Rewrite the statement as a positive. For example, if number 25 is on your list, rewrite it as “I can disagree without becoming disagreeable.” Place this positive statement where you’ll see it often.
- Starting today, promise yourself that the next time this situation comes up, you’ll react positively to it — just this once. For example, if number two is on your list and you have the opportunity to complain — don’t. Notice how being positive makes you feel. (Remember, you only need to react positively to each situation on your list once a day — unless it feels so good you want to try it more often!) Take the same step tomorrow and the next day.
Reproduced with permission from Positive Works II, produced by Alberta Employment and Immigration. View or download copies of the publication on the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website at alis.alberta.ca/publications.