Thursday, 19 March 2015




culled from:wikihow.com


Steps

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Draw five columns on a sheet of paper, held horizontally (landscape). 
 
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    2
    Label the columns from left to right:
    1. "+" Score
    2. Positives
    3. What I'm Deciding to Change
    4. Negatives
    5. "-" Score.
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    In Column 3, "What I'm Deciding to Change," write the decision you are struggling to make.
    • For example:
      • "Go to College"
      • "Buy a New Car"
      • "Find a New Job."
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    In Column 2, list the Positive things you would expect to happen by making this change.
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    In Column 4, list the Negative things you would expect to happen by making this change.
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    List an equal number of "Positives" and "Negatives" if possible.
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    In Column 1, assign a score from 1 to 10 to all the Positives you listed in Column 2, where 1 is not-very strong and 10 is very strong.
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    Sum the score in Column 1.
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    In Column 5, assign a score from 1 to 10 to all the Negatives you listed in Column 4, where 1 is not-very strong and 10 is very strong.
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    Sum the score in Column 5.
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    Subtract the sum of Column 5 (negative reasons) from the sum Column 1 (positive reasons).
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    If you get a Positive number after subtracting, and your gut tells you that the change is GOOD, decide to change.
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    If you get a Negative number, and your gut tells you the change is NOT GOOD, decide not to change.
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    If you get a Negative number but your gut argues with you and tells you the change would be GOOD, create an action plan to reduce the Negative reasons or increase the Positive reasons.
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    Reduce the impact of as many Negative reasons as you can in preparation for making the change.
    • For example, if one of your Negative reasons is: "Not enough money for tuition," investigate ways to get money for tuition such as:
      • apply for scholarships
      • get a part time job
      • find a less expensive school
      • go to school part-time while you work full time
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    Set a goal to make the change at a future date, allowing time for you to reduce some of the negatives.
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    Do this exercise again after you have reduced some of the Negative reasons or found more positive reasons.
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    When you get a positive number that you trust, make the change.
 

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