Happy belated Easter everybody, we hope you all had good times with family and friends; and welcome back to wisdom of the week! The wise Aristotle once said,
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
The most effective habit of excellence that I’ve picked up in my life is the habit of thinking past where you are at. Always planning ahead is a habit that acts as a light to guide your way along the obscure path of your life. Throughout my life, I’ve found planning the step ahead of the next one to be the most effective way to motivate myself and get things done. Knowing where you’re going, or why you’re doing something, makes the step you’re currently working on simply fall into place. For example, think back to the moment you decided what you will do after high school. For many of you, that was college. The moment you had been accepted to college, everything in high school seemed easy. You just didn’t worry as much about every little step because you knew where you were going next. Take that feeling, and apply it to the rest of your life. Think about why you’re doing the little things you do every day, and ask yourself what they’ll apply to tomorrow.
The difference between a tactician and a strategist is that a tactician only makes order of what’s immediately around him, he looks no further than the present moment and situation; whereas the strategist looks at the entire scene, and sends the tacticians where they are most needed. Be a strategist in life.