Today’s post is a short one.
The latest book I’ve got loaded on my kindle is “The 33 Strategies of War” by Robert Greene. Strategy has always been something at the forefront of my mind because failing to realize its importance has cost me plenty in the past.
Relying on pure physical force is not only inefficient, but it’s rarely the best way to reach whatever your goal is. It could be business, wealth, relationships, fat loss, muscle gain or any other goal you might. Having the ability to think ahead and mold your actions into the result you want to see takes strategy.
Understanding the inefficiency of brute force and importance of the following actions will be you’re first two steps towards being unconquerable…
Judge People By Their Actions – The brilliance of warfare is that no amount of eloquence or talk can explain away a failure on the battlefield. A general has led his troops to defeat, lives have been wasted, and that is how history will judge him. You must strive to apply this ruthless standard in your daily life, judging people by the results of their actions, the deeds that can be seen and measured, the maneuvers they have used to gain power. What people say about themselves does not matter; people will say anything. Look at what they have done; deeds do not lie. You must also apply this logic to yourself. In looking back at defeat, you must identify the things you could have done differently. It is your own bad strategies, not the unfair opponent, that are you blame for your failures. You are responsible for the good and bad in your life. As a corollary to this, look at everything other people do as a strategic maneuver, an attempt to gain victory. People who accuse you of being unfair, for example, who try to make you feel guilty, who talk about justice and morality, are trying to gain an advantage on the chessboard.
Depend On Your Own Arms – In the search for success in life, people tend to rely on things that seem simple and easy or that have worked before. This could mean accumulating wealth, resources, a large number of allies or the latest technology and the advantage it brings. This is being materialistic and mechanical. But true strategy is psychological — a matter of intelligence, no material force. Everything in life can be taken away from you and generally will at some point. Your wealth vanishes, the latest gadgetry suddenly becomes passe, your allies desert you. But if your mind is armed with the art of way, there is no power that can take that away. In the middle of crisis, your mind will find its way to the right solution. Having superior strategies at your fingertips will give your maneuvers irresistible force. As Sun-tzu says, “Being unconquerable lies with yourself.“
Take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Understand that emotions will change how you approach situations and use the lessons from these two samples of “The 33 Strategies of War”