When we plan – things/changes/surprises happen (they always do) – plans can stall, derail or become hopelessly altered beyond recognition.
When we live our strategy – things/changes/surprises happen (they always do) – strategy kicks in, guides us to recalculate, reevaluate and reestablish our bearings. Like a gyroscope to navigation, keeping us true to our course no matter how many times or how far we are driven off-course by winds or foes or life.
Having a plan, and only a plan, will derail us every time someone or something goes awry, and something always does – but having a strategy keeps us nimble, flexible, able to move, flexible to bob and weave, resilient to bounce back and keep smiling. To explore alternate options, alternate paths … when expected ones disappear, change shape or skew schedules.
A strategy for how we deal with situations is pretty simple, as is one for dealing with people. Add ‘values’ to that strategy formula does add complications – but makes everything better, clearer …
We may often struggle to work our plan – but we have a much easier time staying focused if we have a strategy, and without a strategy we tend to wander aimlessly in perverse hope of actually arriving where or when we planned.