Master Moves

by: Don G / @lbdStreetFashion

Think and set up all your moves and out-think your opponent.

Dictionary.com defines plotting as a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose. Plotting doesn’t have to be unlawful, or for evil intentions when used in a strategic way. It can be mastered and used as a tool to outmaneuver an opponent you might encounter in your daily dealings. To master plotting requires strategic thinking.

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu wrote that “It’s more important to out-think your enemy than outfight him.”

In the Art of War, Sun Tzu warns against waging war without a strategy or understanding what your ultimate goal is. Tactics are not strategy.  Engaging in tactics is just a way of appearing as if you have strategy, even when you don’t. To think on the level of a master of human chest requires that you first understand what your opponent’s goal is and then work to develop unique tactics that will help you achieve your goal instead. This requires you to become a flexible thinker. When you plot you must always be prepared to change your moves, intentions and sometimes your goals when required in order to succeed.

Make a habit of constantly studying yourself and your competition. Make every effort to evaluate yourself in particular honestly. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses? What are environmental factors you must consider, use to your advantage, or overcome? How can you take advantage of the information you are aware of? What information are you not aware of?

Whatever strategies that your opponent avoids, you should master. Only through truth and self awareness, combined with a careful analysis of the situation, will you find your moves that lead to the path of success. Learn to determine when you should move, when not to move, and when to know the difference.

Master Move Action Steps:

  • Cultivate a sense of urgency as you set up your moves
  • Determine the level of your commitment to getting ahead of your opponent
  • Decide what you are willing to do well that will require all of your energy to master
  • Anticipate what your opponent’s options will be
  • Determine what moves can he deploy against you to counter your moves
  • Neutralize your opponent’s moves by developing an effective countermove
  • Be willing to reevaluate your moves when results do not meet your intended goals
  • Be willing to change your goals if you find yourself at a serious disadvantage. (regroup but never give up)

To know yourself is to know your opponent as well. Once you know your opponent you gain the awareness to anticipate his/her moves and gain a chance to out-think them.