Within the Systematic Theory of Success there are a number of factors, grouped together there are potential, kinetic, control and physical kinds. The main control factor is positive association, but is backed up by these two other control factors, flexibility and stability. This is a definition and explanation of them both.
Flexibility is the ability to change oneself to meet the demands met upon it and the means of adaptation, of negotiating them with the knowledge learned. This could lead to a conscious change in behaviour or knowledge to achieve a purpose when circumstances show a likely conflict to the purpose desired. This flexibility is the ability to change the view of the person from broad to deep, macroscopically to microscopically and work out the best form of action to achieve a balance. It is strengthened by the ability of seeing the bigger picture, macroscopically, and being able to focus on the details, microscopically. The personal knowledge that is gained may be strengthened by the ability to look at others’ knowledge and incorporate it, taking on other people views and not getting tunnel vision by concentrating on ego. If this factor is lost then a confident person will become too narrowly focused and their disregard for others will make them subject to negative feedback from others. If this feedback is then associated negatively the person will fall to self-destructive behaviour.
Within the control of flexibility is one of the most evolutionary important abilities, the ability to grow, to learn new skills and to self-improve. Flexibility will enable you to meet the demands required for accomplishing your purpose when they are understood. Without this skill progress would be slow, even non-existent. With it comes the ability to refine and possibly recreate a new sense of purpose that will allow the individual to grow even more. This controlling factor allows a mediocre person to become an important one.
Stability is almost the opposite of flexibility in that it restricts changes; however in this case it merely controls what emotional reactions will give the most positive result. This enables the confident person to stay in control when everything around them falls apart. It also filters out distraction, preventing wasted effort on unproductive goals and purposes. The stability of emotions such as anger and anxiety is important here as these, if left unchecked will leave you lacking any of the kinetic factors in your favour. Of course knowledge of how to deal with them effectively must be learned or these emotions will get buried in your subconscious with negative associations. The control over fear is needed when you face uncertainty or when you need to take risks, so that it will not hold you back from completing important goals.