Strategy is a term that is used widely and popularly across various spheres, from the military down to thought leadership due to its relevance. The term strategy has been given various meanings, most of which are complicated to the common man.
In gunning to reach your life goals, your strategy on paper most times remains on paper. Your strategy in actuality is the choices you make and the decisions you take daily as it connects to your goals.
Clayton Christensen in his remarkable book “How will you measure your life,” simply defined strategy as where you spend your resources: your time, energy and money. This definition shows that no matter how much you talk about strategy in your organization or personally, it cannot be complete without implementation in your daily routine.
Having established that, it is worthy of note that the term also applies to our personal lives as much as it applies to organizations. What is a life goal without a proper articulated strategy? And what is a strategy without following through with execution? Remember that strategy in reality is where you spend your resources. In providing an example, my friend, Dami comes to mind. Dami has a goal of writing her ICAN exams in the next two months and her strategy to come out in flying colors is to read at least three and half hours every day.
Strategy, as we know it is not complete without execution. We also know that execution is difficult. Studies have found that two-thirds to three-quarters of large organizations struggle to implement their strategies. It requires discipline. With the prize of proper execution in sight, you are motivated to pay the price.
Back to my friend, Dami. In reality, Dami spends the whole time after work catching up on social media and watch “Fearless Heart” on Telemundo and procrastinates till the next day. This is how many of us approach our plans versus our implementation. The execution of Dami’s strategy in actuality is social media as opposed to study.
Is your strategy in reality a far cry from the proposed plan? Where do you spend your resources? What really is your life strategy?