Impeccability

As children, we are consumers. We perceive life as an opportunity to explore and sample experience in all of its variations. As we attain adulthood, we began to grapple with mature responsibility. We are presented with opportunities to facilitate the accomplishment of goals larger than those we can accomplish alone. Others depend upon us to do our part, and that often requires personal sacrifice.

Among those opportunities, we find those that focus our personality on issues that move us up the arc of life. When we are also focused towards accomplishing a work that improves the lot of the community that supports us, we find ourselves focused simultaneously on a personal and social purpose. This leads us to the state of impeccability: an alignment of personality and responsibility that ensures our focus remains on the goal, despite the attempts of competitive parties to draw our energies elsewhere.

Impeccability is a powerful state. It is powerful because it draws energy towards us. People less mature than us are looking for experiences, and so will be interested in hearing our story. In the mode of the immature, they will attempt to interest us by projecting variations that establish opportunities for us to enjoy new experiences. When they find themselves unable to divert us from our purpose, they recognize that they are being presented with an opportunity to experience a process that comes along only rarely: the process of creating something that builds their stature in the community. They are then motivated to become impeccable in their service to us, and to prepare to take a leadership role in the future.

Impeccability should not be confused with vision. Vision is the ability to define and articulate goals. That is an important skill for a leader, but many visionaries are in the game simply for the attention. They will be distracted from their purpose by a more powerful vision, even when that vision does not relate to their personal growth. The best means to differentiate the visionary from the true leader is to ask what he or she is getting out of the process. A clear apprehension of their personal reward is the best guarantee of commitment.