Excerpts from the 33 strategies of war…..
The first 4 strategies are all about getting your head in the game.
The mind is the starting point of all war and all strategy…
DECLARE WAR ON YOUR ENEMIES
The polarity strategy:
Life is endless battle and conflict, and you cannot fight effectively unless you can identify your enemies. Learn to smoke out your enemies, to spot them by the signs and patterns that reveal hostility. Then, once you have them in your sights, inwardly declare war. Your enemies can fill you with purpose and direction.
DO NOT FIGHT THE PAST
The Guerrilla-War-Of-The-Mind Strategy:
What most often weighs you down and brings you misery is the past. You must consciously force yourself to react to the present moment. Be ruthless on yourself; do not repeat the same tired methods. Wage guerrilla war on your mind, allowing no static lines of defense — make everything fluid and mobile.
Amidst the turmoil of events, do not lose your presence of mind
THE COUNTERBALANCE STRATEGY
In the heat of battle, the mind tends to lose its balance. It is vital to keep you presence of mind, maintaining your mental powers, whatever the circumstances. Make the mind tougher by exposing it to adversity. Learn to detach yourself from the chaos of the battlefield.
CREATE A SENSE OF URGENCY AND DESPERATION
The Death-Ground Strategy:
You are your own worst enemy. You waste previous time dreaming of the future instead of engaging in the present. Cut your ties to the past — enter unknown territory. Place yourself on “death ground”, where your back is against the wall and you have to fight like hell to get out alive.
ORGANIZATIONAL (TEAM) WARFARE
The next 3 strategies are about making the most of your team.
Ideas and tactics mean nothing without an organized, responsive, creative, and motivated army.
AVOID THE SNARES OF GROUP THINK
The Command-And-Control Strategy:
The problem in leading any group is that people inevitably have their own agendas. You have to create a chain of command in which they do not feel constrained by your influence yet follow your lead. Create a sense of participation, but do not fall into group think — the irrationality of collective decision making.
SEGMENT YOUR FORCES
The Controlled-Chaos Strategy:
The critical elements in war are speed and adaptability — the ability to move and make decisions faster than the enemy. Break your forces into independent groups that can operate on their own. Make your forces elusive and unstoppable by infusing them with the spirit of the campaign, giving them a mission to accomplish, and then letting them run.
TRANSFORM WAR INTO A CRUSADE
The secret to motivating people and maintaining their morale is to get them to think less about themselves and more about the group. Involve them in a cause, a crusade against a hated enemy. Make them see their survival as tied to the success of the army as a whole.
The next four strategies will reveal defensive warfare is the height of strategic wisdom — a powerful style of waging war.
Get ready to master the arts of deception.
Pick your battles carefully
THE PERFECT ECONOMY STRATEGY
We all have limitations — our energies and skills will take us only so far. You must know your limits and pick your battles carefully. Consider the hidden costs of war: time lost, political goodwill squandered, an embittered enemy bent on revenge. Sometimes it is better to wait, to undermine your enemies covertly rather than hitting them straight on.
TURN THE TABLES
The Counterattack Strategy:
Moving first — initiating the attack — will often put you at a disadvantage: You are exposing your strategy and limiting your options. Instead, discover the power of holding back and letting the other side move first, giving you the flexibility to counterattack from any angle. If your opponents are aggressive, bait them into a rash attack that will leave them in a weak position.
CREATE A THREATENING PRESENCE
The best way to fight off aggressors is to keep them from attacking you in the first place. Build up a reputation: You’re a little crazy. Fighting you is not worth it. Uncertainty is sometimes better than overt threat: If your opponents are never sure what messing with you will cost, they will not want to find out.
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