Friday, July 17, 2009

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Hello all! I hope everyone's summer is going well. It's going by way too fast!

Ok, here is a little technique for you to use when you face a challenge that needs to be overcome. This method can be used during a tight spot and/or just in general.

Whenever you face a challenge you need to create a plan. If you don't have a plan you are at a huge disadvantage, so here is an easy method to use it is called T.A.C.T.E.

Think calmly and clearly (as much as the situation allows)
Assess the situation
Create a simple plan
Take action
Evaluate success

*repeat as needed.

The elements are simple. The calmer you stay and the clearer your thinking the better your chances of overcoming the challenge at hand. Assess the situation at hand and make your plan. The plan needn't always be complicated. As a matter of fact if you are in the middle of an emergency or conflict you may need to quickly asses and create a very simple plan in order to save your skin (or the skin of another). After creating your plan of attack, you need to act on it. Doing nothing is an action if you choose to do it rather than simply freeze. The final step is to evaluate your success. If what you did is not getting you the results you intended change what you need to be successful.

Well, that's it for now.

Talk to you all later.

All the best,
~Craig

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