AltanaESP Glossary

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Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ~ Lou Holtz ~

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Approved 23 June, 2020 @ 2:20pm by Jan Viljoen (version: 3)


Everything was fine
Until life happens
And then we got stuck!

LAB-Factors (i.e. Life's A Bitch) probably are the most potent variable force in the universe today, and it effects everything that we do… every day and every moment of our lives. LAB-Factors determine the climate of every deal, relationship, interaction, environment, situation, event and circumstance. Hence, LAB-Factors contribute to the outcome or result of any possible scenario in which we as humans are involved.

LAB-Factors consists out of three main components that influence the outcome of every situation, as either productive or unproductive. These three components are the factor combinations of what…

  1. I can control… our own actions, abilities, skills, feelings, perceptions, behaviours, …etc. (i.e. our individual responsibilities and implied independent contributions).
  2. WE can control… economics, politics, legislation, rules, regulations, culture, …etc. (i.e. group accountabilityplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigAccountability

    Many people view accountability and responsibility as the same thing, leading to many misunderstandings and unnecessary conflicts. The dictionary meaning - in short - of responsibility is “the state of being held as the cause of something that needs to be set right
    and implied interdependency
  3. NONE of us can control… the unexpected, moods of people, their attitudes, emotions, preferences, likes and dislikes, nature, the weather, rain, tsunamis, earthquakes …etc.

The first (i.e. I control), we can “determine, direct and predict”… most of the time anyhow (i.e. the I can make a difference). The second (i.e. we control), we can frequently predict, based on prevailing collective assumptions, views, opinions, perspectives, ideas and stats (i.e. the WE can bring about change). BUT the third (none can control) - almost always - is incomprehensible, completely unexpected, often chaotic and frequently difficult to understand, let alone doing something about it.

Thus, most of the time LAB-Factors are a combination of variables and series of events, which presence and influence we just have to accept and we should “cross the bridge when we come to it”. LAB-Factors - and in particular aspect 3 - requires that we establish and maintain a proactive attitude towards life and sustain a holistic point of view as an effective counterbalance to the incident-isolation trap which often intensify the Newton's Cradle Trap - resulting from LAB-factors - considerably.

LAB-Factors lies at the very root of future shock, which is generally intensified by the third variable component of “none of us can control”.