Multi-plex - the power of duality

Executing well requires both a plan and being in the moment. This creates an interesting question how can you have an overarching plan or strategy and at the same time be fully mindful, present in the moment and focusing on the now.

If you don't have a plan or a goal, being mindful will put you at the mercy of the fates, you will be forever reactive. While you will be reactive in a pretty optimal way, it puts you at whims and vagaries of fate.

If you spend all your time in planning and strategy you will lose the ability to act effectively, either putting it off or when you act, acting in a suboptimal manner, because executing at the very highest level involves being present and focusing on what needs to be done.

How to resolve this conundrum? It looks like there are people who can keep both in their mind at once. The most famous examples that come to mind are the truly gifted writers, like Christopher Hitchens and others who are able to just sit down and write, and beautiful prose well structured and architected flows out.

Unfortunately, many people are unable to do that. particularly people with ADHD, or other learning challenges. What happens if you can't focus on two things simultaneously and in balance at the same time?

Make it so you don't have to focus on two things at the same time.

First and most important - develop and integrate a sense of principles for your actions -

For writing this could be - write with brevity and conciseness, focus on clear simple language

For business - develop a code of conduct or personal rules of integrity that you would follow

These principles can take many forms but make it so they are meaningful to you and appropriate to the tasks you need to address.

Then for every project or action develop a strategy or structure. Spend the time so the structure or strategy is deep, robust and becomes instinctive. This can take a lot of work and effort, but it is worthwhile, because this investment or planning will help you craft the best solution.

By taking the time to make your strategy instinctive you allow yourself to both control your destiny but also be truly mindful in the moment. You know your guiding principles, you are aware of your strategy, you can now place yourself in the moment and take the next step to achieve your goals. You don't need to waste extra cycles on your direction and being so well seated in your task can take advantage of the insights that being mindful can bring. You know where your goal posts are and can take the best possible path presented.


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