If you want to achieve a goal, you must be uncompromising and focused on the goal. You must be flexible on how the goal will be achieved.
Great examples are in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Trump was focused on the goal. He did not know how to achieve it. He hired people to run the campaign. He fired two campaign managers before sticking with the third. Kellyanne Conway became the first woman campaign manager to win a presidential election.
Contrast that with Clinton’s campaign. As a career politician, Clinton knew what plan was necessary to succeed. She did all the “right” things. She stuck to her plan. She is not in the White House.
This is not a political post. This is about how to succeed at what you want to accomplish.
Before the Clinton-Trump debates, I had information that Trump used basic success principles. He used visualization and goal setting. He understood the powers of top performers in life. I began watching for clues that might be true. Clinton took a couple of days off from her campaign to prepare for the debates. Trump was asked what he was doing and he said something about visualizing his success. He said that you have to be yourself. I knew that this was going to be an interesting race.
What can you take home from the election? Can you learn something? It is all about the goal, the means of accomplishment is secondary. If one way does not work, try another.
I watched the news after Trump started to stump for tax reform. Of course he is being criticized because he does not have a plan. Again, he is pushing vision, a goal of tax reform that stimulates employment. He is asking Congress to create and agree on a plan.
Vision comes first. Plans come later. In the cartoon, Dick Tracy could communicate using a wrist watch. More than 50 years later, that vision has become reality.
Find your vision. Set your goal. Then look for the means to implement it. Plans can be limiting. Visions are not. Remember to be inflexible in your goal and be flexible with your plan.