The definition of Strategy according to Webster Collegiate is “The science of Planning and Directing Large-Scale Military Operations, Spec. (As distinguished from tactics) of maneuvering forces into the most advantageous position/goals prior to actual engagement with the enemy”.
But personally for me I like to think of strategy as simply a skill in managing or planning, where you use stratagem (scheme or plan). Stratagem: a trick, scheme or plan for deceiving an enemy in war (2) any trick or scheme for achieving some purpose – syn – trick
Let’s think for a moment: Do you perceive your strategy as trickery? Better still, do you perceive your section, division or department head as an adversary—an enemy to be conquered. He or she occupies the rung on the ladder above you.
Remember now, the definition of strategy tells us that there is an “engagement” with the “enemy.” How would you approach an enemy? An adversary, if you will. Or, should we consider our obstacles on the road to success as enemies--things We Need to Conquer and Overcome.
I believe that we should. So, let’s examine a true plan, choosing our synonyms for strategy to success. In any endeavor—goal setting. Because one who is a failure sets a goal to fail—the successful person sets goals of achievement. The principle is very simple: you can either succeed at failing or succeed at winning. Each of us is interested in success. The question is how to determine our potential for success. Success is the achievement of our predetermined, worthwhile personal goals. So how do we determine this potential for success? Seriously, first we consider our personal thought pattern and the habits which cause the holding of these thoughts. Sure, there were family, societal and educational impacts that affected our habits of thinking and the actions they engendered. However, if we want to achieve that next level of accomplishment, we must first remove those mental restrictions. Once mentally free of such conditions we can set those realistic goals and construct a plan of action to achieve them.
The philosopher William James said:
The one thing that will guarantee the successful conclusion of a doubtful undertaking is faith in the beginning that we can do it.
Faith, belief and conviction are the keys, the spurs, and the loud alarm that will propel us to our goal. This is a strong foundation upon which to build.
Success depends upon a sustained positive mental attitude. We can plan and set noble goals; however, these goals are destroyed by the first few winds of negativism, skepticism or the temporary setback we invariable face.
After any of these monsters, we feel embarrassed, humiliated and believed ourselves to be destroyed. Why? Because we get enthusiastic about our goals only to feel let down when things don’t go exactly as planned. It hurts! It tests our confidences if what we had so believed in. Too often we let temporary setbacks derail us. Too often we can’t reach down and latch onto our previous faith and belief in our goal. Yet, doing just that often means the difference between success and failure. Often, that initial belief in your plan will help you work through the problem.
Finally, don’t attempt to go solo. We know and understand the importance of networking. But, an even better tool is our personal success support system. In “Think and Grow Rich,” we learn the term “master mind group.” If our goal is organized with intelligently directed knowledge with proper effort, it will be achieved.
Napoleon Hill defines master mind “as coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose.” The concept of master mind is similar to networking except master mind is a stronger structure usually composed of individuals with common goals. Mr. Hill goes on to say that are two characteristics of the master mind group, one of which is economics in nature and the other psychic. He tells us that if we surround ourselves with the advice, counsel and personal cooperation of a group of persons who are willing to lend wholehearted aid in a spirit of perfect harmony, we can’t fail. As example of how you can use a master mind group for advancement is joining others in your discipline who work for different companies. Share challenges and successes. You can start such a group by reaching out and maybe starting a Meet Up group. There is tremendous creativity when two or more minds gather in a harmonious atmosphere for a common goal.
The psychic place is a much more difficult to understand in that it takes advantage of the mysterious release of energy from each mind that created another invisible, intangible force. This force may be compared to a third mind.
Doing just these three things we can accomplish whatever our hearts desire.
A great philosopher said:
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. - Goethe
Each of us has one life to live. At the end of that life, do you want to say, “if only I had, if only I had…?” Here is how some of us might finish that statement—become a lawyer, instead of a paralegal; gone to medical school instead of majoring in liberal arts; choosing that career as opposed to marriage; bought one house when I really wanted another; moved to another area of the country or traveled extensively.
To this end, I leave you with this thought:
Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…must inevitably come to pass! —Paul Myers