The Positivity Thoughts Scorecard
You can't manage what you can't measure" . "If you can't measure it, you can't improve it." Edward Demming, Peter Drucker ( 20th Century Management Innovators)
There is one core tool in The Modern Positivity Formula. The Positivity Scorecard.
The Scorecard enables you to track your progress of
increasing Positivity about achieving your goal.
What I discovered about managing Positivity
You don't have to be 100% positive, and you can't get rid of all the negatives.
But you have to know how you are thinking about your goals and beliefs if you
want to make the changes necessary to be "positive most of the time".
You have a goal to reach and maintain a minimum level of 68% Positivity about achieving your goals. How will you know how you're doing and when you achieve that level of Positivity?
But memory is not a measurement. You absolutely cannot accurately or completely remember or keep track of your thoughts about your plans, ideas, and goals in your head. The fundamentals of education theory include practice, measurement, feedback, and modification as necessary.
People and organizations love to keep score and track their progress, but reading a book is not a progress report.
The Positivity Scorecard has been designed to enable you to record and track your positive, uncertain and negative thoughts about achieving your goal.
"It's difficult to change your thoughts, choices and actions if you don't know
what you are really thinking about your goals. Rich Spitzer.
As I discovered, "thinking" positively about my goal at least 68% of the time was not as easy as I expected. I had no way to know how well I was doing. The Scorecard is the measure that showed me how I was thinking and how those thoughts changed over time.
How many different ways do you talk to yourself about your plans, goals, and progress?
The Scorecard uses a few simple statements to capture a range of common-sense thoughts and self-talk about your goals.
Your job is to record how well each statement in the Scorecard represents your feelings about progress on your goal during the weekly period.
The seven statements cover a range of positive, uncertain and negative thoughts you might have; the statements are generic, so you can put them into your own words when doing your self-assessment.
A closeup look at the Scorecard
The Positivity Scores
All probabilities and possibilities exist. Your goal is to increase your probability of success.
The goal of practical Positivity is to learn to manage the positive, negative and uncertainly/doubt so that the negative does not overwhelm the positive.
There are two scores based on the seven statements.
A total of the Positive scores. That's the starting point.
Then there is an adjustment factor for how negativity detracts from positive intentions.
After you enter your scores, the total positive ratings are automatically adjusted. The goal is to increase your Adjusted Positivity score to 68% and maintain that level, or higher ,throughout your plans to achieve your goal.
How often to measure Positivity?
A basic plan and schedule is provided. The recommended process is to fill out The Positivity Scorecard once a week, but don't go longer than once every two weeks. Ideally, try to do it at about the same time each week.
The Positvity Thoughts Scorecard does all the work for you.
The Scorecard is set up to record for 14 weekly periods, about three months. (Popular advice is that it takes 30-90 days to break or create an ordinary habit).
When you enter your ratings the Total and Adjusted scores are automatically calculated. You can also ask for a Scorecard with 26 periods for up to six months of weekly recording. The Scorecard comes with a complete instruction guide to using it.
The current Scorecard works in Excel or Google Sheets. Google Sheets is a free download from Google. If you don't use Excel or Google sheets, there is also a PDF version of the Scorecard for your ratings, but this version does not include the automatic progress chart. There are also other free Excel- compatible programs available on the Internet.
If you do not have Excel/Sheets or do not want to them, we can help you fill out the Scorecards. Print your Scorecards, fill them in by hand, and send them to us to update for a modest monthly cost. Please contact us for more information.
The Positivity SCORECARD Progress Report™
The Scorecard does the work for you.
Fill in your Scorecard regularly, and Track your Positivity progress. Each time you enter new scores in the Scorecard, a Progress Report Chart is automatically updated.