5 Questions To Ask To Clarify Your Strategic Thinking

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Are you feeling a bit confused by strategic thinking? How is it different to tactical thinking because both are important for your success in life/career/business?

To sum up the key differences between a strategy and a tactic is simple: A strategy is your overall plan to achieve your goals, while a tactic is a method used to implement the intended strategy.

So, you need to focus on the strategy before you even think about developing any kind of tactic and this is a mistake many marketers make; they focus on tactics rather than the underlying strategy.

As you can see strategic thinking skills are essential for your career and your business, but how do you actually do it?

Here are five questions you should ask yourself to really sharpen your strategic thinking. Ask them to gain clarity on the strategies you want to develop to move you forward in your life/career/business.

What Do You Want?

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The most important thing to work out is where you want to be. Everything—goals, strategies, steps, should all be pointing to your desired destination.

Do you want to be CEO, or be running your own company?

What do you want to achieve this year, in five years, ten? What are your actual goals? What’s your vision?

Get it all down on paper and think big!

Where Are You Starting From?

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Do a survey of exactly where you are right now.

What skills, resources, and assets do you have? What are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and risks in your current job or business?

Are you satisfied with life the way it is, or do you want something more? What connections do you have?

Map out your network and what value you provide to them, and what they offer you. Write up your self-inventory.

What Do You Have The Power To Change?

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Think about what is in your control at the present moment; you don’t need to worry about anything that isn’t directly under your control which can be kind of liberating!

What can you streamline or eliminate?

What do you need to add, enhance, or modify to reach your goals?

This can include anything from training, networking opportunities, to investment advice or strategic career planning.

What Do You Need To Move Ahead?

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Take another look at your self-inventory.

What skills, resources, knowledge, and connections do you need to get closer to success?

If this is difficult or overwhelming, consider finding a mentor or life coach who can help you find your way.

How Can I Reach My Goals And Still Enjoy Life?

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Really going for success shouldn’t make for a joyless life, totally focused on getting ahead. Make sure you take time to have fun and do the things that give you pleasure. Think of what Future Successful You enjoys doing. What makes your future worth striving for?

Write down all the fun things you will do, whether it’s staying in 5-star hotels or being able to work for only half the year. Imagine driving your dream car. See yourself in your future executive suite.

See what elements of your future life you can start to incorporate in the present and build on those. Before you know it, you will be toasting your success!

Now, one of the biggest issues that stops you from planning and building for the future is by staying in the past.

Remember: the past doesn’t equal the future!

If you keep looking back, you will never move forward, so let’s look at how you can let go of the past and build a fantastic future!

How To Let Go Of The Past

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You read much about why you should let go of the past. However, it’s more important to know how to do it. Most people will eventually come to grips with why they should do it. They get stuck on actually taking steps to make it happen.

Give yourself permission to let go of the past. That is an important step. Your brain can latch onto something and is waiting for you to release the responsibility. By committing to this release, your brain can focus on other productive areas. That release comes in the form of telling yourself to let go.

Learn from your past experiences. There are learning nuggets contained within your past. Anything you have done or tried before is up for grabs in the University of your past. It’s up to you to recognize what those lessons are and how to use them effectively. The way to use them is to determine why they happened and how to avoid them in the future.

Consider learning meditation. When you are relaxed, you will have an easier time of purging your past. One of the best forms of relaxation is meditation. It takes several sessions to get your body and mind in tune with the techniques. Don’t expect fast solutions with this. The key is to keep doing it until you feel the effects.

Don’t hide from your past. People try to pretend certain aspects of their past did not happen, especially the more embarrassing moments. However, this may cause them to come back to you with a vengeance since they are bottling up within you. Acknowledge everything about your past but commit to pushing forward.

Keep a journal of your experiences. Be as detailed as possible so you can refer to the journal when faced with similar circumstances in the future. Don’t treat your journal as a bible, however. Just use the journal as a guideline.

Don’t expect all changes to occur immediately. Your past habits may be difficult to break. Therefore, don’t try to change everything in one shot. Give it time. It took a long time to develop those bad habits.

If you are too hard on yourself about your past, stop. It’s okay to acknowledge that you made some mistakes but don’t get overly critical of them.

Concentrate on the good aspects of your past. Sometimes, you may focus on your mistakes and mask the fact that you had some wonderful experiences in the past as well. These are equally important.

Of course, using strategic thinking exercises takes a lot of self-discipline which many of us lack, so if you want to learn about how to harness the power of self-discipline, please download the featured resource below, read it and take action 🙂

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