Personal Growth Initiative Scale–II (PGIS-II)

1.    I set realistic goals for what I want to change about myself
2.    I can tell when I am ready to make specific changes in myself
3.    I know how to make a realistic plan in order to change myself
4.    I take every opportunity to grow as it comes up
5.    When I try to change myself‚ I make a realistic plan for my personal growth
6.    I ask for help when I try to change myself
7.    I actively work to improve myself
8.    I figure out what I need to change about myself
9.    I am constantly trying to grow as a person
10.I know how to set realistic goals to make changes in myself
11.I know when I need to make a specific change in myself
12.I use resources when I try to grow
13.I know steps I can take to make intentional changes in myself
14.I actively seek out help when I try to change myself
15.I look for opportunities to grow as a person
16.I know when it’s time to change specific things about myself
Personal Growth Initiative Scale
Robitschek‚ 1998
1.    I know how to change specific things that I want to change in my life
2.    I have a good sense of where I am headed in my life
3.    If I want to change something in my life‚ I initiate the transition process
4.    I can choose the role that I want to have in a group
5.    I know what I need to do to get started toward reaching my goals
6.    I have a specific action plan to help me reach my goals
7.    I take ch‎arge of my life
8.    I know what my unique contribution to the world might be
9.    I have a plan for making my life more balanced
Readiness for Change‚ Planfulness‚ Using Resources‚ and Intentional Behavior
0 = Disagree Strongly‚ 1 = Disagree Somewhat‚ 2 = Disagree a Little‚ 3 = Agree a Little‚ 4 = Agree Somewhat‚ 5 = Agree Strongly
Readiness for Change (2‚ 8‚ 11‚ 16)‚ Planfulness (1‚ 3‚ 5‚ 10‚ 13)‚ Using Resources (6‚ 12‚ 14)‚ and Intentional Behavior (4‚ 7‚ 9‚ and 15)
This instrument can be found online at:

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