A Success Building BLOG (part VI.e)

A Success Building BLOG (part VI.e)


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Discipline to Success:

The Components of Well-Roundness

So they committed themselves to the will of God and resolved to proceed.
William Bradford of Plymouth Plantation, 1620.

continuation from BLOG post: part VI.d

Our character has five distinct character attributes or disciplines: physical, physical temperance, education, social and spiritual. These attributes make up our individual personality.

Last week:

We talk about the amount of energy required to make a character change. Our illustration of this concept used the goal to increase our social skills. We measured the amount of energy – both internal and external.

We can see from the scale (this is for illustration only) that Susan will expend both internal and external energy to change her social character.  The total energy to change your social character is greater than changing your physical character. It doesn’t matter how other people respond when you change your physical character. You can jog, exercise, lose weight or do whatever to change your physical goals without impacting anyone. On the other hand, to change your social character, you will impact and involve many people and expend more external energy to change. That is why changing your social character will — in most cases — require more total energy than changing your physical character.


This week, we continue our discussion:

The vertical Y-axis (from our model) measures the amount of motivation gained from making a character change. We become motivated with our accomplishments. Motivation is a force that prompts us to continue our action. The more motivated we become, the more likely we will succeed at our efforts.


The physical attribute has a greater impact on building motivation than any of the other four attributes. The reason why relates to two important measurements. The first measurement is tangibility vs. intangibility. The second measurement is the total amount of time to notice an attribute change.

Tangibility refers to tangible changes to your character that you can see, touch and measure. Intangibility refers to intangible changes to your character that are not readily visible or measurable. Changing any character attribute will result in both tangible and intangible changes, but in different proportions.

For example, when you make physical changes to your character, you are making more tangible changes than intangible ones. You can see, touch and measure the changes to your body as you exercise and improve your diet. You can see the muscles developing. You can measure your daily weight loss. And you can endure the length of a morning jog a little easier after each run. Physical changes are mostly tangible changes, which have a greater impact on motivation than intangible changes.


Strengthening your social attribute, such as changing your personality to be more friendly, for example, are mostly intangible changes to your character. Becoming a friendlier person is not easily measurable. It is very difficult to see or touch a social change. You may count the number of new friends you have, but you can’t easily measure how effective your social tactics are. Social changes to your character are mostly intangible changes, which have a lesser impact on motivation than tangible changes.


Motivation is also measured by the total time it takes to notice an attribute change. The key word is notice, which means detecting a character change after a certain amount of time. Take the physical attribute for example. How much time does it take to notice a physical change? Compare this to the time it would take to notice a social change.

You will probably notice a physical change within days. You will notice your body becoming stronger, less winded and less bulky around the waist. A social change, on the other hand, will require more time before you notice yourself as a more friendly person. Making a physical change has a greater impact on motivation because it requires less time to notice a physical change.

We can therefore make this statement: changing your character attributes will impact motivation at different levels because —

  • the measurability of a change is more tangible in some attributes.
  • the total amount of time required to notice a change is less in some attributes.

The physical attribute has more tangible changes than any of the other four character attributes. Also, the total time to notice a physical changes is less than the time to notice a change in the other four attributes. Therefore developing and strengthening the physical attribute impacts your motivation at greater levels than any of the other four attributes.

Next time, we will continuing our question and answer discussion on changing your character.

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