Do you have a plan in your life?
We have been taught to plan for ourselves. We are taught to plan for our future, plan for our studies, plan for our vacations, plan for birthday parties, plan for events and so on.
Since we were young, we learned of a phrase:
â€œIf you fail to plan, you plan to failâ€
from the teachers in our school, parents, friends, motivators â€¦ etc.
It caught my attention when I visited one of Stephen Pierceâ€™s blog yesterday and he said a totally different thing. He said,
â€œIf you fail to plan, you plan to WIN!â€
personally and I know that he will NEVER deliver something that is meaningless or rubbish.
Raymond Chua & Stephen Pierce
In fact, his words always keep me thinking. So I click on the play button and listen to what he has to say and within 5 minutes the headline makes a lot of sense to me.
All right, this is not the first time I hear from him about this concept. I actually learned it from him in September this year during the Alpha Leadership Training but it reminds me of what I have forgotten (or at least stop ringing in my mind)
The old phrase, â€œIf you fail to plan, you plan to fail
â€ only works in the environment where you have the control over the environment such as cooking or baking cake where you can control the amount of ingredients, temperature, cooking time, etc.
However, if you are working in the contested environment where you have no control over the environment, then plan will prepare you to the road of failure.
Let me give you an example (this is the example that I can"t forget). Imagine that you are playing a chess game where you have no control over the moves of your opponent. Can you lay out a plan before you play? Of course not!
In the contested environment, we don"t need plan or plans because the environment is changing all the time and you do not have any control over it.
If I do not need any plan, what do I need?
All you need is strategy. Take back the chess game as an example. You do not need a plan because you can not predict what your opponent"s next move is.
But â€¦ you must know the rules of the game and what move can be made by each and every piece and the role they play. This is the strategy that I meant.
I believe that you will gain some insights from his words.
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