Saturday, March 28, 2009

Change Thinking Quotient: Measure your attitude to change

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We all have different attitudes to change. Our thoughts, feelings, and therefore what we say as a result has an effect on it as well. Some of us disintegrate at the face of trials, while some fight on, others redefine the landscape, among other reactions.

Whether we decide to act or not, change will take place in our lives. It is up to us whether we will just allow it to make us a victim of circumstance or we play a role in shaping it. Embracing Change, authored by Tony Buzan, has a transformation tool - the Change Thinking Quotient (CTQ) It allows you to review and see whether your attitude towards life geared towards a victim of circumstance, change thinker, or change maker.

The Change Thinking Quotient or CTQ (link to actual spreadsheet - you will need to save a copy and input your score) can be filled up quarterly so you can review your attitude regularly. The odd-numbered questions shows whether you have positive thoughts while the even-numbered shows negative thoughts, and your level of control on both aspect.

Once done, total your answers. Subtract the even-numbered total to the odd-numbered total to arrive at your CTQ. A negative CTQ usually reflects low self-esteem.

A positive CTQ means you are a Change Thinker. If the gap between the odd-numbered and even-numbered is little, then it may mean that you just go along with the flow with issues that needs to be dealt with. If the gap is wide, it also means you are Change Maker.

A Change Maker is considered as someone with high self-esteem. You are not afraid to face change and take responsibility for your own actions.

Regardless whether you are a victim of circumstance, change thinker, or change maker, there is a lot of room for improvement. One must continuously transform to reach their peak. Being conscious of your attitudes, reflect on its source, and improve are proactive steps toward change.

Two of Buzan's 7 Tools for Transformation, Meta-Positive Thinking and getting support from your Change Master Group will be useful to realize this.