6 questions to ask if you have a strategic mindset

We associate hard work with success. We set personal and professional goals, develop plans to achieve them, and then get to work. But what happens when you struggle, or life doesn’t go according to plan? Great leaders and achievers don’t let setbacks derail them; rather, they reflect on what went wrong and what they can do differently to meet their goals.

Author David Robson, who writes on decision making and behavior, published a recent article in which he stresses the importance of having a strategic mindset to reach goals. He reviewed findings from the University of Singapore in which researchers looked at metacognition and how aware people are of their own way of thinking.

With a strategic mindset, people continuously question and refine their approach. To determine if you’re on the right path to this frame of mind, consider how often do you ask yourself these questions and then rate yourself (1=never, 5=all the time):

  • When you’re stuck on something: What are things I can do to help myself?
  • When you feel like you’re not making progress: Is there a better way of doing this?


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