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.
We talk about 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. We continue our discussion here.
Q: So what does the Inverse Pyramid Model suggest?
You will see by using the Inverse Pyramid Model which character attribute to develop first. We can measure from the model below that strengthening the physical attribute requires on average x(1)-units of total energy, giving out y(1)-units of motivation.
This shows that the physical attribute generally requires less total energy to develop. It also shows that changing your physical attribute will impact your motivation at the greatest level. Thus making a physical character change uses less total energy but delivers a greater reward for your efforts.
The next character attribute that requires a little more total energy to develop is your physical temperance attribute. The physical temperance attribute is your control of physical appetites and passions. The physical temperance attribute requires on average x(2)-units of total energy resulting in y(2)-units of motivation.
The education attribute is the next character in the hierarchy chain. Education is the enhancement of knowledge and aptitude. The educational attribute will require on average more total energy than the physical attributes. Education’s total impact on motivation is less than the physical attributes. Educational development is not as easily measurable and the total time to notice an educational change takes longer. The education attribute requires x(3)-units of total energy returning y(3)-units of motivation.
The next character attributes in the model are the social and spiritual attributes. These two attributes require the most x(4)&(5)-units of total energy but returning less y(4)&(5)-units of motivation. These two attributes are not easily measurable and they both require the most time to notice an attribute change.
We can now place all five character attributes in the model to compare total energy and total impact on motivation (the structure forms an inverse pyramid). The model answers the question which character attribute to develop first.
You begin with the physical attribute because it requires less x(n)-units of total energy but returns the most y(n)-units of motivation and self-confidence. You can then use your increase motivation and self-confidence to shape the other character attributes.
Next time, we will finish our discussion on character change.
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