Within the Systematic Theory of Success there are a number of factors, grouped together there are potential, kinetic, control and physical kinds. This is a complete list and explanation of the physical factors.
This factor can be seen by other people, it is the one that you may judge whether a person is confident or not by how they look, act or play. It is not crucial if this is seen or not by other people. Any communicative and linguistic skills that a person has will be expressed here. Often confident people or people with a positive attitude will use it for their own purposes, whether that is to achieve their purpose or as a control over themselves. Expression is often also a means of bringing out creativity driven by the kinetic factors. Combined with the knowledge that a person has expression also creates history, having expressed and achieved a number of goals. There is a restriction on expression that is imposed upon the world by physical factors, disabling them from being able to achieve a purpose. This restriction may be a physical disability or it may be the environment. This restriction however can be reduced by any increase in the kinetic or potential factors.
This is what the person has achieved already, either connected with their purpose or not. As an external view of a person it is often how people can judge the confidence of a person however, by what they have accomplished so far. Without history of connected actions then any self-confidence could be regarded as mere imagination until at least the most fundamental actions are accomplished. In fact confidence does not depend on history itself, but it adds power to the all the other factors. It is purely the persons’ history that we consider here, this is the most significant, their own perception of events. The knowledge of this history may be more likely to be experienced differently by other people but this isn’t experienced by the individual and not included.
Knowledge here can be strictly the confident persons’ self-awareness or the information resources available to them. It exists in a form as a potential factor but because it is something shared and experienced by more than the individual is considered an external or physical factor. This factor is not called information or data because it is more structured than that and is something that is known. Knowledge is an enabler, without it no other kinds of factors can be used. There has to be core of self-knowledge to be able to define what purpose the person wishes to have. Often this knowledge is misunderstood and distractions become a persons’ purpose, leading to immediate self-gratification or worse self-destruction. The relationship between knowledge and purpose is crucial and some amount of self-awareness must exist and the knowledge it gives, to be able to determine the purpose of the person. Its relationship to direction too is crucial, or the person will end up randomly going from one purpose to another. Knowledge is the information needed by belief to allow them to be confident.
The interesting difference in knowledge here however, that makes it different from its normal definition is that it does not have to be true. It may not actually be based on fact or any known laws of the universe. That of course gives it another quality, whether this knowledge can be proven or not, it is to the individual uniquely their view of reality. An example would be where one person believes that a limitation can be beaten, where universally this is not accepted, truth cannot be applied because both sets of knowledge are true and both equally effective.