Dr. Mike Obsatz, Professor Emeritus at Macalester College
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Strategy IS important. If you don't know where you're going, chances are you'll never get there. By all means, set your strategy first. The trouble is that for a great majority of situations in life, it's very easy to decide on a strategy.
"I want to earn more."
"I want to be more fit."
"I want to finish my degree."
"I want a better relationship with my kids."
"I want to climb a 14,000 foot peak."
Great. That took a minute or less. Now. How are you going to get there? You get there with tactics. That's where 95% of the time and attention you spend on getting a particular somewhere in life needs to be spent.
To whatever extent I've been "successful", much of is due to preferring tactics over strategy.
Now. Go out there, and getcha some.
What can you do today that will move you just one small bit closer towards your goals?
Make the phone call.
Lift the weight.
Register for the class.
Complete the assignment.
Buy the hiking boots.
Study the material.
Talk to the expert in X.
Place some funds in the savings account.
It's never too hard one small step at a time.