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What Is A Strategy?

What is a strategy?

I talk about strategy often. For example, I emphasize the importance of having a good goalset (more on that in another blog post soon). Also, I emphasize the importance of self-awareness and strategic action.

What I am guiding you through on this blog is in itself a strategy for strategy. A strategy for finding a strategy to turn your life around or improve your life.

Therefore, we should first identify what a strategy even is. It’s a word everyone knows, but few know the exact definition.

So here are some attempts at defining “strategy”:


Definition of strategy

First of all, here are definitions from various websites:

The Free Dictionary (by Farlex):

2. A plan of action resulting from strategy or intended to accomplish a specific goal. See Synonyms at plan.

Business Dictionary:

1. A method or plan chosen to bring about a desired future, such as achievement of a goal or solution to a problem.
2. The art and science of planning and marshalling resources for their most efficient and effective use. The term is derived from the Greek word for generalship or leading an army. See also tactics.

Cambridge Dictionary:

(American) a long-range plan for achieving something or reaching a goal, or the skill of making such plans

A common thread connects all these definitions.


To summarize these definitions succinctly:

A strategy is a plan of action to accomplish a goal.

A strategy is a plan of action to accomplish a goal.


Best example: chess

Chess is the most infamous example of a strategy game, and it is a good example to explain strategy with.

What is the goal of Chess?

Simply put, the goal is to win. And you win by putting your opponent in a checkmate.

What is a checkmate? It’s when your opponent’s king can be taken/killed in the next turn. And when no matter what move your opponent makes, his king remains in the zone of attack of at least one of your pieces.

Therefore, to win a chess match, you try to move your pieces into a position where you can put the king in a checkmate. So does your opponent. As a result, complicated plans and tactics evolve from simple rules.

This example shows you not only what strategy is, but how to approach strategy: the first step is always to identify the absolute end goal:

In Chess, this goal is not to take your opponents’ pieces or defend your own. It’s also not to check their king. It’s to win in order to find emotional satisfaction or improve your skills (so you are better at reaching other goals or winning future games).


Summary: What is strategy?

A strategy is a plan of action to accomplish a goal.

It requires a defined goal and a plan to accomplish the conditions neccessary to reach the goal. This plan will describe how available resources and the relationships between them are being leveraged to attain a certain outcome.

For example, in Chess:

Goal: Win the game by checkmating the king.

Rough plan: Move pieces into position to create a checkmate while defending your own king from checkmate.

In short: a strategy describes what YOU can do to reach your goals!


Why should you use strategy?

Embracing strategy will change your life.

Developing a strategic plan before you approach a new task or situation is always a good idea. It can help you identify contingencies to look out for and a more efficient way to use your resources.

It also gives you clarity on what you are actually doing. If you are rushing in head-first, you might lose sight of your goal or your methods, resulting in chaos and frustration.


My blog is fundamentally about strategy

Reading my blog posts, you will continue to see me use techniques employed in defining and executing strategies.

For example, in the following posts I have focused on defining fundamental end goals:

My Blog is dedicated to you/Hope is a self-fulfilling prophecy

What is your reason to live?

The first step was to define what you really want: happiness. Now you need to figure out what happiness means to you.

With those ingredients, you have the fundamental end goal defined and can move on to defining a plan of action to attaining your dreams. Crossing the bridge of mismatch!

And with a strategic plan, you will figure out exactly how you can find lasting happiness.

That is the power of planning.

Thank you for reading! I hope I can inspire you and give you thought-provoking insights to use in your life to reach happiness and overcome any crisis you might be facing. Please consider subscribing (->right side->) for e-mail notifications to receive updates on new blog posts!

Good luck and have fun seeing your life change through your own actions!

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  2. “Life is like a game of Chess. To win, you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with Insight and Knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called Life.” – Allan Rufus, The Master’s Sacred Knowledge ♟❤️

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