In our last posting, we touched upon the first of the Primary Attributes which empower the Zentropist. We explored, however briefly, the power of the Will to serve as the engine driving the interlinked qualities which synthesized into a coherent whole, make up the Zentropist.
The second Attribute is focused on Discipline and is expressed by the Zentropist as follows: “The discipline to commit to a course of action decisively and with a fullness of intent.”
So what does this mean in practice? It is an acknowledgement that decisive action, unlike the equivocating, faltering steps that many choose to take, is always preferable. Now what is unspoken in this premise, and critical to understand, is that decisive action is not rash, or entirely emotional, nor is it always purely based on endless analysis or complete disclosure of every factor that may influence a given situation. The truth is, sometimes decisions must be undertaken with limited information available, within a compressed timeframe, when waffling or seeking “compromise” or “consensus” is simply not possible. This does not, however, as we will discuss, suggest that the path or course taken in the moment is one that we are locked into. This concept of Adaptability, or “interruptibility,” forms the third Attribute of the Zentropist.
That being said, by virtue of taking decisive action, we must always act with a “fullness of intent.” It is not acceptable to adapt half-hearted measures or a non-committal and cavalier attitude towards problem solving. The Zentropist respects the process too much, yet does not fall in love with the process, for it is but a solution-seeking mechanism. In other words, a tool, akin to the arrow in an archer’s quiver. One can have a fullness of intent, a commitment to strive with every fiber of the being while serving as the conduit of a solution to a problem, or presenting the means to bypass or overcome an obstacle, yet still retain flexibility and adapt to ever-changing feedback and energy. There are times when the energy resisting a course of action is too great, when applying greater force is apt to introduce “unintended consequences” which might be mitigated by deflecting or releasing the opposing force, thus exposing an alternative solution to the problem or obstacle at hand.
I think it best to conclude with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, one of the great American Presidents in my book (an opinion shared by a number of historians as well). He remarked that, “In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst you can do is nothing.”