October 29, 2010
We’ve all heard about the importance of planning and focus when it comes to obtaining just about anything in life. One key ingredient to this formula that is often undervalued is anticipation. For those of you who understand and have played chess this will make a lot of sense. Anticipation in a chess match is necessary in order to put yourself in a position to win. For example, if I make my move now, I have to anticipate how my opponent is going to respond, and in most instances this has to be 2-3 or more moves ahead (depending on your skill level). In life I’ve often observed how some of us like to act on the now, which is a great concept however it is beneficial to anticipate several “moves” ahead also. Much like chess, you will make your moves and your opponent(s), will make theirs.
Now this can be applied to relationships, work life, exercising, chess, martial arts, and just about anything you can think of. In the case of relationships, you may say something to your partner not realizing what will happen or how they will react as a result. They may react differently than you originally imagined, but if you apply the same strategy as you would in a chess match you would already have an idea as to how your partner will react and be several “moves” ahead.
In summary what anticipation really teaches is to think about the things you do before you do them like you would in a chess match. This will help you in the long run, and quite possible save you time and heart-ache in the future.
Make it a great Friday.
Certified Performance Coach