Lucky's AQ project
This is an interesting one! (Well... to me anyway. :) )
I've been reading a book called 'Adversity Quotient @ Work'. Adversity Quotient (AQ) is a measure of how well people cope with problems. Not surprisingly, people with high 'AQ's tend to be happier and more successful all round. I tested mine and scored pretty low, so I'm going to try the techniques in the book to improve it.
Your AQ is made up of four 'CORE' dimensions:
C = Control: how much you feel able to influence a situation and control your own responses.
O = Ownership: how much responsibility you take for fixing a problem (regardless of whose fault it is)
R = Reach: how far you expect adversity in one area of your life to affect all the others. A high score for 'Reach' means you DON'T tend to let work problems affect your home life (or vice versa) and don't tend to see a problem as a disaster.
E = Endurance: how long you expect adversity to endure. (A high score means you expect the sun to come out tomorrow - actually, Annie scores INSANELY high on all four dimensions. :) )
There are a few different stages to improving your AQ and I'm going to give myself at least 3 weeks for each one. The first stage is just teaching yourself to notice AQ in yourself, people around you, people on television, etc... and the book gives you homework :) which I'll type up here:
1. AQ on television. As you watch a television drama or sitcom, listen to what the characters say when faced with adversity or even a minor challenge. Listen for each of the CORE dimensions of AQ. Does the response indicate a low, moderate, or high AQ?
How does their response affect how the other characters respond?
Does their response make you like them more or less?
Based on their response, what behaviour would you expect from these characters?
2. AQ on radio. As you listen to talk shows and the news, pay close attention to what people say in describing or responding to disasters, setbacks, or crises. Listen for the four CORE dimensions in their language. Does the response indicate a low, moderate, or high AQ?
What is the range of responses from people confronting the same issue?
How is their AQ communicated in their tone of voice?
How does the CORE response affect how others respond to them?
3. AQ in conversation. Turn on your AQ radar during meetings, phone calls, and casual conversations. Pay attention to how people describe the challenges of their day, as well as what they think, say, and do about difficulties of all sizes. Pick out the CORE dimensions in their words. Does the response indicate a low, moderate, or high AQ?
How do facial expression, posture, and demeanour reflect people's AQ?
What effect does their CORE response have on their hope, motivation, performance, and likelihood of resolving the situation?
4. Reading for AQ. As you read newspapers, magazines, and books, look for specific quotations indicating what different people say when faced with adversity. Notice the CORE dimensions in their words.
To what extent does their CORE response shape their reality?
Is everyone responding in the same way?
How do different responses to adversity affect the outcome of the story?
5. AQ in art. As you watch dance, examine paintings, scrutinise sculptures, and view performances, look for any indications of what is being communicated about the CORE dimensions of AQ. Notice how the heroes and villains handle adversity. Look for the role adversity plays in the underlying message.
In paintings and in sculpture, how does the use of light, colour, expression, setting, and angles affect your perception of hope? What is the mood created in the work? What story would you assume it is trying to tell?
In a performance, what role does adversity play in the development of certain characters? What range of responses to the adversity is being demonstrated? Who has a lower or higher AQ? Who fares the best?
In dance, what story is being told? What setbacks or challenges are being faced?
How is AQ communicated with the body? Which performers have higher or lower AQs?
6. AQ on the Net. As you surf the Internet, explore advertisements and analyze the language people use to explain their businesses and themselves. Pay attention to how certain Web sites grant you control and ownership, and how some provide ways to deal with any adversities that may arise.
Which Web sites do you find most inspiring? What about them inspires you?
Which Web sites give you the most control in getting to the information you seek?
When something goes wrong, do the companies take Ownership for the glitch, or do they blame the technology? What do they do to own the adversity? When something goes wrong with a search or a purchase, how do different companies and individuals deal with it? Do they have a built-in mechanism for limiting the Reach and Endurance of the adversity? Or are you stuck trying to figure it out for yourself?
So how, you ask, am I going to keep AQ at the forefront of my mind?
1 - Mention it in my prayers every day
2 - Affirmations to say 'I'm getting more and more aware of AQ'
3 - A daily 'AQ Review' where I re-read this post and think over what I've seen and heard during the day in light of it - just in my head if I'm busy, but if not I'll share something here and maybe dissect a book quote or a video now and again.
Barking mad... or FUN? Time will tell... :D