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The Art of War in Goal Achievement

In 500 B.C. a man named Sun Tzu wrote 13 manuscripts on military strategy that became known as The Art of War. Sun Tzu served as a General in the Chinese Kingdom of Wu during a time of unprecedented war and political turmoil and through his successful conquests the kingdom went on to become the most powerful state of the period. While Sun Tzu’s writings on The Art of War were originally founded in military strategy, it has since been applied to achieve objectives in many different fields of competitive endeavors. It has found application as a training guide in sports, games, business, finance, and in just about any activity that requires planning and implementation. In addition to being a primary source for strategy in today’s military academies (a paradox indeed given the incredible advances in the technology of warfare), some companies make the book required reading for their key executives who look to it for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive business situations. The underlying science of strategy remains constant throughout time and locked within The Art of War are 2,500 year old time tested secrets that will help you achieve your Goals in the office, at home, and in everyday life.

Much of The Art of War is about how to fight wars without actually having to do battle: it gives tips on how to outsmart one’s opponent so that physical battle is not necessary. Sun Tzu’s approaches are all about achieving goals with minimal effort, minimal conflict and maximum operational efficiency. The strategies are based upon the laws of nature, both human nature and nature at large. Since all of life are subject to these laws the book is a universal template to triumph over life’s conflicts that stand in the way of reaching your Goals. The book follows a direct path that escalates until victory is assured from analysis and projection, through planning and positioning, and on to confrontation.

The following are some of Sun Tzu’s thoughts in some key areas that can help you achieve your goals:

Planning

Planning is the foundation of Goal Setting and the core part of My Goal Manager’s Goal Achievement system. Sun Tzu believed that good planning was crucial and his very first chapter is titled “Laying Plans”. The Art of War refers to planning in one way or another more than 1,100 times. Tzu believed that before undertaking the achievement of any goal it is essential to calculate a complete analysis of the situation.

Motivation

No Goal can be achieved without strong Motivation. Motivation comes from the “spirit of the mission” and the strength of your belief that your purpose is morally sound. This rallies a fighting spirit and generates a firestorm of positive energy. The worthiness and integrity of ones objective is critical. During planning when evaluating which army will win a battle the first of the five elements Sun Tzu considers is what he calls “Moral Law”. He says that “The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.”

Realistic Goals

He believed that to undertake any challenge without complete certainty of emerging victorious was the mark of an inferior strategist. He also believed that no action should be taken unless there was a true advantage to be gained.

Overcoming Obstacles

The Art of War includes a chapter titled “Weak Points and Strong”. It is fundamental strategy that when facing any obstacle the best approach is a concentrated attack to the weakest point. The path of least resistance through an obstacle should always be taken. Sun Tzu said:

Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards. So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak. Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.

Information

Good information about yourself and the obstacles you will in face in striving for your Goal are essential. Doing research and obtaining useful information can speed the achievement of your Goal and reduce conflict.

Allocate the resources necessary to gain the information you will need to ensure victory.

Effective Confrontations

The Art of War teaches that confrontation is always a last resort and should never be entered unless victory is assured and there is a true advantage to be gained. When conflict is required always use the most decisive weapons available to end the conflict quickly.

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