The Self-Mastery Orientation

The 7 IMO elements are structured into an integrated system of priorities by the dynamic relationships among them. This graph does not measure intensity as much as it measures your motivational consistency.

The IMO graph measures your unique motivational priorities identified by how you ranked the relative importance of the seven (7) IMO elements. Your ranking is important because what affects your behavior is the trade-off (unique prioritizing and integration of the IMO elements) you make among these seven elements, not the importance of any one element.

These elements have been ranked highest to lowest (ranging from 1-7). Your consistency in selecting individual preferences is expressed by the length of a bar in either direction. A shorter or longer bar in either direction indicates a consistency of preference for one motivational element over another.

The shorter the bar the more inconsistent your preference, the more moderate your bar the more situationally oriented you are in that specific element. The longer the bar the more you consistently prefer a specific element and the more you will favor engaging and activating that specific element.

Self-Mastery becomes apparent when the Power element and the Economic element are more consistent. This also includes an inconsistency within the element of Altruism. Prioritizing your environment will consist of meeting your personal needs first and the needs of others second or when they are deemed worthy to receive something from you. The Economic element measures the intensity for gaining real-world returns for a person’s personal effort within the world. High consistency in this motivator suggests a competitive mindset as well as an emotional need to gain equal-to or greater-than returns from the investment of your time, energy, and resources. Lower consistencies suggest a less competitive mindset. Those who score lower on this motivator will likely settle for what they can get as opposed to fighting for what they want or think they deserve.

Political or Power elements measure the intensity for directing and controlling people, environments, and spaces. High scores within this motivator suggest a need to direct and control one’s destiny, immediate space, and the people within that space.  The higher the consistency of this motivator, the lesser the desire to understand others’ plights or opinions. Lower consistencies within this motivator suggest a need to be behind the scenes supporting someone else’s efforts. People with a lower intensity prefer not to shoulder all the weight that accompanies larger responsibilities associated with leading and owning their personal space and destiny within the world or someone else’s.