Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Take a moment to answer to the five statements below using the following scale:
Now, read the following five statements. Then use a 1-to-7 scale (above) to rate your level of agreement.
1. In most ways my life is close to my ideal.
2. The conditions of my life are excellent.
3. I am satisfied with my life.
4. So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.
5. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.
TOTAL SCORE: __________
We'll come back to the total score in just a moment, but before we do, consider these thoughts:
The total score, the ratings to these five statements, are only the beginning, my friend. They are merely a symptom. The first tell-tale signs of who you are and how you think about yourself. Most quizzes and self-assessments are fashioned just in this way. And many of us never peruse beyond the final score...
But it is in the questions posed above, for each statement, that are important. Because life is short and our time is precious, it is important to ask the questions and befriend ourselves just a little bit more. For after the self-assessment is done and put away, we still need to ask ourselves, "What aspects of my life need to change right now in order to get closer to that ideal?" That is where the sense of self-satisfaction rests: in the asking and in the journey that follows the asking.
Post Note: Now, here is the scoring for those of you who are interested:
31 to 35: You are extremely satisfied with your life
26 to 30: Very satisfied
21 to 25: Slightly satisfied
20: Neutral point
15 to 19: Slightly dissatisfied
10 to 14: Dissatisfied
5 to 9: Extremely dissatisfied
Even after reading the scoring and results, you already knew where you would probably fall on the scale, didn't you? And you might have even, unconcsciously, identified those areas of your life with which you are dissatisfied. Continue the asking and continue the journey, my friend.
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