You may have noticed that I have introduced “strategy” recently. There is a mild air of piss-taking on my part in so doing, because certain people are enamoured by this idea of “strategy” and of plans, cunning or otherwise. Such people do not like to lose the advantage, the upper hand and stuff like that. They like to play it cool, gather the information, the intelligence, before they do anything. When they think they have an angle they may finally choose to do something. One could say that certain types are prone to overthinking. And others yet are subject to mental catastrophe generation because of this overthinking. In stead of being in the land of “if only” they are caught in the land of “what if”. The problem is that many of the roads in the land of “what if” lead directly over the border into the land of “if only”. If you are susceptible to catastrophising, you can remain stuck and by default generate that which you fear. Only it won’t quite be the full-on catastrophe you imagined, it might be a shame, a missed possibility. Playing it cool can lose you many things.
If you are forever waiting for the advantage and scheming, it may come to the attention of others. They might wonder why you are so very insecure. And lo and behold, you have revealed your strategic weakness, a deep insecurity. Some strategies can backfire. Of course, if you are prone to overthinking, you might overthink what I have just said. You may even start to wonder how many of your strategies have revealed something about yourself which you may have wished to remain covert.
One could say that it is not a good strategy to be overly strategic. Sometimes you just have to do something. Maybe even take a risk. But while the sky is full of imminent catastrophes, it can be difficult to move. Time runs out. In this respect intellect can become your enemy.
Having cued this up:
Do I often seek a perceived strategic advantage before I do anything?
Why must I have this edge, this angle?
What is so very scary about a level playing field?
Am I more than a little prone to overthinking?
In the final analysis does this serve me well?