It’s important to understand the way you think, because your thoughts play a major role in the way you feel and behave. Unproductive and unhealthy thoughts can hold you back from reaching your greatest potential. Read the following statements and determine how often each statement applies to you.
Never = 0, Rarely = 1, Sometimes = 2, Frequently = 3, Always = 4
1. When reflecting on my day, I’m more likely to recall the bad things that happened, rather than good things.
2. I keep my expectations low, because I don’t want to be disappointed.
3. When I think about making a change in my life, I spend more time thinking about possible worst-case scenarios rather than best-case scenarios.
4. I compare myself to other people in areas like wealth, appearance, or status.
5. I have bad luck.
6. I think I deserve better things in my life than what I have now.
7. I criticize myself.
8. I think I have little control over the things that happen to me.
9. When I have a presentation, performance, or activity coming up, I tend to predict a negative outcome.
10. I have trouble accepting compliments from other people.
0-10 – You tend to be a realistic yet positive thinker, overall. However, there may be certain moods or situations that trigger unproductive thinking patterns.
11-20 – You have some unproductive thinking patterns, and learning how to train your brain to think differently could prove beneficial.
21-30 – You have plenty of room for growth. Learning how to train your brain to think differently could help you take big strides toward reaching your greatest potential.
31-40 – You could benefit from learning strategies to help you combat negative thought patterns and change your core beliefs.