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Regimens of Vantage

Assessing Ourselves & Others

Understanding the internal structure of determination, justification and motivation may have diagnostic value.

We usually know about our own determination, the quality of our justifications and our state of motivation. If we don't know, then self-deception and self-delusion are propping up self-esteem and any confrontation will be felt as an unwelcome intrusion.

However, the perseverance of others will matter to us if we are involved in a venture with them. We must then assess, at any moment, just how determined, justified and motivated someone else is—especially when it is not in their interest to be perceived as lacking perseverance.

Each of the regimens that are intrinsic to perseverance are described below using the internal structure to identify key features.

The Three Regimens


Determination is about fixating yourself at all times on making specific progress. It is well, if implicitly, understood to involve an emotional intensity-RL4 about getting some change-RL3 that is based on goals-RL6, that are pursued willingly-RL7 and communicated-RL5 clearly. However, the way each of these components is handled is crucial.

ClosedBe fully willing-RL7:g5 but adaptively

Determination may resemble stubbornness, but it is intelligent rather than bullheaded. This shows up in your willingness to adapt in the face of intractable situations, or unexpected disappointments.

ClosedBe ever purposeful-RL6:g4 but reflectively

Determination is intrinsically purposeful, however it calls for more thought about those purposes: how comfortable you are with them, how fitting they are, and how they can be applied in the current situation.

ClosedIntensify communications-RL5:g3 but shrewdly

Determination requires inner support and ideally support from others as well. That requires you to be thinking and talking in a way that makes persistence seem wise and evidence of your strength and character.

ClosedIntensify experiences-RL4:g2 but sensibly

You must feel determined as well as be determined. That entails a degree of self-control and inner balance. You must look at obstacles from various perspectives and become aware, but never over-emotional and never arrogant.

ClosedTarget change-RL3:g1 but meaningfully

Determination has to bed down in something tangible and a specific relevant targeted stage, even if a small step, needs to be identified. A journey of a hundred miles is made up of many single steps.


Justification is about providing a rationale for persisting and adjusting your handling of the challenge. It is well, if implicitly, understood to involve proffered explanations-RL5 in the form of a story based on your experiences-RL4 and goals-RL6 with the view to getting some change-RL3 that makes sense in terms of inquiries-RL2. As with determination, the way that each of these components is handled is crucial.

ClosedBe ever purposeful-RL6:g5 but adaptively.

Justifying perseverance must be based on a goal that fits the situation and takes account of the setbacks, delays or failure that you have experienced.

ClosedIntensify communication-RL5:g4 but reflectively.

Justification is more about talking to yourself intelligently than about addressing others, although that is often necessary. You must develop a credible story to keep going on the challenge and that requires reflection.

ClosedIntensify experiences-RL4:g3 but shrewdly.

In justifying you must pick and choose amongst the ideas, feelings and intuitions to determine what to intensify. Negative feelings like regret, disappointment or revenge must be minimized or dismissed as unhelpful or counter-productive.

ClosedTarget change-RL3:g2 but sensibly.

Justification should work together with determination to make the chosen change target appear sensible as well as meaningful.

ClosedFocus inquiry-RL2:g1 but meaningfully.

Justification has to be based in facts and reasons that are relevant to the situation. So inquiry is its foundation.


Motivation is about keeping yourself (and often others) acting at all times so as to make progress. It is well, if implicitly, understood to involve intensely communicating-RL5 and activating strong feelings-RL4 to generate action-RL1 that leads to some change-RL3 that is reasonable being based on inquiry-RL2.

ClosedIntensify communications-RL5:g5 but adaptively

It is all about what you say and how you say it. Motivational messages that work in one situation will not work in another. That is why those clever-artistic motivational posters are so irritating to employees.

ClosedIntensify experiences-RL4:g4 but reflectively

Motivation requires that you address your own inner feelings. The root of feelings like futility, impotence and apathy must be recognized so they can be overcome.

ClosedTarget change-RL3:g3 but shrewdly

Motivation thrives on the expectation of worthwhile success. So you must select a future state with a range of qualities that works as a motivator. Generalization is difficult. Usually the requirement is for a developmental stage that is neither too trivial or simple, nor too difficult or complicated. But occasionally a seemingly unreachable target is best.

ClosedFocus inquiry-RL2:g2 but sensibly.

Inquiry is intrinsic to motivation simply because it provides the good sense that should inform other features, especially choice of targets and decisions to reach them.

ClosedTake action-RL1:g1 but meaningfully.

Motivation is recognized most obviously by a flow of meaningful decisions and actions. These are guided by sensible inquiry and other higher level choices.

Perseverance alone is not enough when you come to major blocks. Unless you get a breakthrough, you may be stymied and the challenge will not be met.

Creativity, in the sense of mental-imaginative work, is distributed through this whole structure. So it is misleading to perceive these breakthroughs as the essence of creativity.

Originally posted: 31-Jan-2012; Last updated: 10-Jul-2013.

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