Sunday, March 9, 2014

Follow Through

       The follow through to your strategy is as important as any other step in making a good strategy. Most people will make a strategy and not follow through with it. If you plan something it is always a good idea to get in the habit of following through with what you decide to do. Here is an example, say that you put money aside to go to the movies. You found a new movie coming out that you really want to see. You put aside say $25 and you go to the ticket booth put down $8 for the matinee, leaving you with $17. You really want to use this extra money for buying beer for that night, but you told yourself that you were going to give yourself some extra money to buy a drink and some snacks for the movie. Now what should you do? You saved this money specifically for the movies, snacks and all. You could use this money for beer, but you really gave yourself some extra money to get things in the lobby. I would say with following through you would need to go ahead and buy yourself some concessions. The only way to know if your great idea to go the movies and spend some money getting snacks can only be realize buy following through with it. Now the next time you go to the movies you may decide that this was all a bad idea and go ahead and spend it on beer. The only way to learn is to follow through at least once. Then go from there and formulate another strategy or improve upon the old one.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Quick Non-Invasive Recharge

       Here is an interesting strategy for relaxing. It doesn't take up any time at all and it sets in motion a lot of things and will give you greater focus for what ever it is you are doing. The recommendation that I am making is for only 3 minutes of your time and only once a week you relax, just for a few minutes in total silence. This is best done at a time when you are most relaxed. I am talking about on one of your days of, say right before you go out or even right before bed. All you need to do is go to a place this can be your living room or on the porch or even in your car. All this requires is that like I said for 3 minutes a week find your spot kind of make this into a ritual, go to your spot turn off all distractions, the t.v, the radio, your phone, etc. and sit in total silence. You can talk to yourself for these few moments or just sit and do nothing. The point is that this will start something. I have found that when trying to conquer something that require a lot of focus and mental faculties having just a few moments to recharge can really give you the edge you need to get it done. What you do after you do this is all up to you and again all it takes is 3 minutes a week! If you like you might want to do it more often or for longer periods of time, but at least give yourself 3 minutes of peace a week to recharge your batteries and there is no telling what you can do.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cultivating Mars

                Here's an idea, there is all this activity to investigate mars looking for life on the planet. Why don't we take life to mars? We could make progress in establishing a habit by bringing seeds of plants that are very hardy here on earth. My idea would be to bring the seeds of the hardy mesquite bush to the red planet. We have all this technology to genetically engineer things, why couldn't we engineer mesquite bush seeds to grow on mars. There thousands of plants here on earth that grow wild without any help from humans. I know this may be a long shot, but after watching some shows on YouTube about finding life on mars I got to thinking why can't we just take life to mars and let it grow and take over on its own and the plants would create an atmosphere that would allow eventual human habitation on mars. All the people out there that believe in evolution should also believe that life here on earth can grow and evolve to survive on the surface of mars. It only makes since then you would have an opportunity to prove that life does evolve no matter what kind of conditions. Really I thought this was such a good idea I had to blog about it. Just think a bunch of plants that we call weeds being genetically altered to grow on the conditions of mars then they grow "like weeds" which is what they are and they cultivate the planet for us. We don't even need to send in humans to do the gardening because the plants will grow on their own and all we have to do is wait for it to take over the planet, establish and atmosphere and when it is done then we send in humans to inhabit the land. I know this might be nothing more than science fiction but I still thought it was an idea that I must share. Knowing that I will never get in contact with scientists from NASA or anything I can still blog my ideas after all this is my blog so I can post anything I want to. Just think of the possibilities!


Monday, February 11, 2013

New Experiences

          Everything we do in life has rewards and set backs. Just because you think you should go in one direction, but then the project or goal you had in mind takes a different path doesn't mean you actually lost out. No in fact, it is actually a learning experience that you will be able to use later on in life or in fact, allow you to see things in a better light and keep things in perspective. So do not be worried if the thing you tried to do seemed to be up your alley but you later find out that it wasn't really right for you. Just chalk it up as a learning experience and keep your head held high and know that you can accomplish anything that you set your mind too. It is just not always the thing that is actually any good for you. Either at this moment or even ever. Life has a way of working itself out. You don't necessarily need to get upset about it just know that you did your best despite all odds, you took a chance,put yourself out there and learned a little something about something and you are better for having at least attempted something than not have done anything at all and left your dreams and ambitions lying on the floor never to be used or thought of ever again.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

TIME Explains: The Battle for the Penny




Here is an excellent example of strategy in action. Do we keep making and using the penny even though it makes no economical sense or do we as a nation decide to stop production on the penny and transfer over to an economic system that is based on a factor of 5 cents rather than 1 cent.

      
                                                            
Hello again everybody!
                   I just want to thank everyone that visits my blog. I know this is time spent that you could be using to do other things, which is why I try to keep posting interesting topics. As well as going to college full-time I try to write about topics about strategy. I believe this is an area in which can benefit people from all walks of life. Strategy doesn't necessarily have to be about war time strategies like I believe most people to think of when they hear the term strategy. It can range from anywhere to clipping coupons to save money or how you are going to approach the way you will design and build your house, not only how it will look but how long you want it to take and also how you will pay for it. What I am saying is that I think if we each take some joy in the daily decisions that we make then it can enrich our lives for the better. If anyone has some ideas on what kind of topic you would like to see discussed. Then by all means feel free to leave a comment and I will try my best to write about it. I am not a professional writer by all means but everyone has to start somewhere, so again by all means please leave some feedback.
                      
                                  Your friend,
                                                      The Strategist

Friday, December 14, 2012

Simplifying – Why It Doesn’t Work

Simplifying – Why It Doesn’t Work?

         You have probably heard the term “KISS”, Keep It Simple Stupid. There are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t simplify. For the most part, let me just go on a rant here, who came up with that? Everyone uses this term as if it is a plausible one size fits all solution to everything it is you are doing coming from someone who does not know your goals or objective. For as long as I have been alive everyone has always told me “Keep It Simple Stupid”, really? There are two sides to every story, if there is a simple side to things, then what about the more complex side of things? Simply put, not everything is going to be solved with a simple solution. I feel that making things simple has not gotten us anywhere. Trying to pigeon hole a horse into a knot hole of a tree just doesn’t work. Now I am not saying to make things so complex you loose yourself in the workings of your design, but please don’t dumb down your design for the sake of simplicity. Saying things are simple means they lack sophistication and that things need to be simpler because you just couldn’t understand the complexity of the situation. I for one am not a person that can only understand the simple things and I do not imagine that you could only understand the simple things either. Whoever coined the phrase “Keep It Simple Stupid” was probably a person who had no faith in human kind whatsoever. Like I said, “not everything is as simple as they try to make it out to be. I also feel those that say “Keep It Simple Stupid” have not given any thought at all to what is really going on. Why should we as Americans have to put up with the notion that we are incapable of complex thought and that the mere sight of something complex should repulse us? We are given a brain for a reason, if you want to outthink your opponent, then you better start thinking a little more complex, because 9 times out of 10, your opponent is going to be thinking simpler than you because this phenomena is so integrated into our society that anyone who does not think strategically will be trying to do things in the simplest fashion they can think of, leaving themselves open to being figured out as they are not doing much because “ITS SIMPLE”.