A famous quote from Thomas Edison is that "genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
While passion and perseverance are essential to reaching your goals, we should remember the strategic process involved in reaching our goal. Edison didn't just randomly move from one failed design after another but adapted and refined his ideas. He made intelligent decisions that learned from the failures and built on the successes.
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A strategic mindset questions and refines your current approach while facing setbacks and challenges. People with a strategic mindset continuously look for a more efficient route.
We might all benefit from thinking strategically in the pursuit of our goals.
A new study found a strategic mindset may make the difference between success or failure.
We should be aware and understand our own thinking processes. Useful strategies would include tracking your progress, recognizing your flaws and the areas that need improvement, then creating steps to overcome those challenges.
Rate the statements on a scale of 1(never) to 5 (all the time). When you are stuck on something, how often do you ask yourself:
The higher you score, the more likely you are to have a strategic mindset.
Grit is about orienting yourself to pursue a long-term goal despite setbacks, while a strategic mindset is looking for efficiency in any goal, short or long term. To be gritty without finding improved ways to achieve your goal is not ideal. By thinking strategically, we can save ourselves a lot of effort and frustration.
Grit is known to be very important for life outcomes. But a study found that grit was mainly unrelated to the strategic mindset.
Developing a growth mindset requires a set of small mindset shifts. This includes believing in the ability to grow and change, seeing challenges as opportunities, focusing on progress instead of results, prioritizing learning over seeking approval, and rewarding yourself for your effort and not just the outcome.
Opening your mind to the possibility that there could be more answers than just yes or no means you are able to see past the obvious right or wrong answers that have been used in the past—and see a third, fourth, fifth option.
You don’t know yet if it will work. But in this way, obstacles become chances to experiment and try to find new solutions.
Instead of trying to apply willpower when all the stages (situational, attentional, appraisal and response) have already taken place, one can strategize at the start of the stage and ensure that those do not happen at all.
For instance, the situational stage where we are faced with the temptation right in front of us could itself be avoided if we actively pursue not being in that situation. Example: Not buying the box of cookies, not placing it at home, and not going to the supermarket where one can easily find and buy it.