An optimistic end of season one

After a rather abrupt ending to the vlog, I finally came around to summarising some of the key stoic learnings from these first 30 episodes.

It’s also a slighty better ending, to what I’m dubbing “Season one”, than…nothing.

It’s with an immense sense of optimism that I give you this final episode of Season One. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed, watched, shared, liked and commented on any of the episodes. Your support has been wonderful and I’m looking forward to Season two!

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Strategy & Execution

In any kind of sports, there’s at least two levels of thinking. The strategic level, and the dynamic in-game level. These two levels are quite different in approach, but both play an important part in defining the success of team or individual.

A football coach will spend hours watching videos of the opponent, learn about their trends, look for strengths and weaknesses and match these to their own team. Getting a good picture of the opponent allows the coach and team to have clear offensive and defensive strategies. With each wave of plays by the other team, the coach, and by extension the team, will know how to respond.

To capitalise on the strategy and actually be able to perform in a game, the teams individuals need to be skilled in their sport. They need to have a certain level to execute the strategy which has been decided upon.

 

“No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.”

― Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

Game Day

Strategy may fail if the opponent makes surprising or unexpected changes. The high-level strategy may need to give way to a more dynamic one. Your team may be failing to execute on planned strategies and be fumbling.

What do you do when this happens? Sit and watch while your opponent takes control, or change your execution and game plan? Exactly. You adapt.

Now, the coach may be able to see the game play out clearly, and instruct the players to adjust with specific instructions. Micromanaging a team like this is next to impossible and the fact that the coach is on the side line means there’s no chance of effective communication. There’s a strong chance they will fail, and lose.

On the other hand, if the team has been training together. Getting to know each other, and have practiced effective formation changes that may or may not arise in a game then matters are completely different. Now the coach can utilise his strategic view and instruct key members on the team. Those members pass on the strategic change, and more or less adapt as a unit. Instead of being micro managed, they are being guided by strategy, and now have a chance.

TL;DR

Executing without strategy is a losing game. You may get lucky, but the odds are against you.

Having a strategy with poor execution isn’t much different. You may be able to win a few times, but when the tide turns, you struggle to adapt and recover.

Having the strategic view, and the execution to follow-up is the only way to not only achieve whatever you set out to do, but also be able to adapt to whatever gets thrown at you.

 

 

Bringing it home

There are parallels that can be drawn to any personal, or team endeavour. It could be for sports, or for your company. Your strategy doesn’t need to be grandiose, but you need to have one.

It’s that bigger picture that will allow you to execute on a day-to-day basis.

So, what about you? Are you spinning in place & firing in all directions or are you failing on executing in your direction?

The good news is all i not lost. Strategy can be adjusted. Skills can be learned. And if the skills just aren’t there, then adjust your strategy!

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What about me?

I’ve been in the camp of not having a strategy. It was intentional, since part of the plan was to try many things and see what stuck. Then came the important aspect: Take a step back, reflect and strategize.

I failed at doing this last, important part, and it’s left me at a place where I have many balls in the air with my personal blog, Coding with Empathy, my recent daily stoic vlogging experiment: The PAVLOG, and upcoming speaking event at NDC Oslo.

So I’ve been taking a little breather to gather my thoughts and think at a higher level. I haven’t landed on a concrete strategy, but it’s slowly starting to form.

It’s time to raise my head above the clouds for some perspective and execute the hell on that.

 

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a strong and negative feeling. Feeling overwhelmed. Stressed. Or just a general sense of nervousness. Well, we all feel this on some level or the other. The protective father, the nervous traveler or even the developer with a deadline closing in.

When putting things into perspective, anxiety is often a result of caring too much about things that are outside your control. When the protective father wants to protect his child from the dangers of the world, well, then he’ll need to be there ALL the time (and then some!).

Instead, look at what you actually do control. Focus on where you can put your efforts to make the bigger picture look a lot less scary. Know that you are doing what you can with yourself, so when something does happen, you’ll be ready.

It’s also a source of procrastination. It’s a  numbing feeling that will not only fear for something, but also make sure you are going to fail. Unless you take measures to actively put your anxiety into perspective.

Checkout out todays VLOG on Unknown Frontiers & Anxiety.

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The Bigger Picture – Don’t be so emotional!

Emotions tend to take over your day to day life. You experience high’s and low’s. This could be at work, at home, with your friends or maybe even all of the time?

Would you accept if another person pushed you around the same way you allow your emotions to push you around?

How about putting things into perspective. Looking at the big picture and realising that your emotions in this point of time is just a grain of sand compared to your life.

It’s not the end of the world.

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The PAVLOG – a Stoic Vlogging Experiment

Vlogs, or video-logs, some form of regular videos that are focused around a single main character and an aspect of them or their lives (definition: mine). They are by no way a new phenomenon. I’ve recently been watching a few vlogs that have been quite useful. Career-wise and focus-wise. Moreover, I started to follow a person: Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk.

He has a message that’s quite powerful and compelling, which is to own your own brand online. He’s in no way the first, nor the last person to talk about this, but something about the timing was just right. I’ll et more into that in another post.

One of the things I want to do more of in 2017 is explore the video-format on YouTube and also play around with other platforms.

…2 weeks ago I decided to start my very own vlog!

The Daily Stoic

I’m reading a book called the “The Daily Stopic” by Ryan Holiday, where he’s created a consumable way of going through Stoic philosophy. Each chapter is built around a single topic and has a verse from a stopic philosopher, as well as a straight forward explanation.

Even though the topics are short and sraight-forward, not all of the topics are. It takes time to digest and reflect over them, and turning this book into a daily habit has been a struggle.

The Concept

So the concept was born. I’ll dig into a chapter from the stoics every day and present my reflections on them. I also want to package them in an interesting way that will allow others to consume them in bite-size chunks. Hopefully others can listen and share their own reflections, so it becomes a shared learning experience.

YouTube School

I need you to subscribe if you like the concept. It’s a great way to raise awareness around the channel. It’s also great feedback to me that this is something you like and enjoy.As well as subscribing, hit the bell to be notified whenever a new episode is released!

Here I’ll make it easy for you: “Subscribe here!

The Unknown

But back to the “why”… Why YouTube, why daily? Well, because of the challenge. I want to see what’s involved in vlogging. How much effort it takes and learn something new.

I also want to do it on my terms, so I’ll do what I can to get a video out every day, except the weekends. That’s reserved time-off.

Watch it and let me know what you think!