Balancing Clarity and Flexibility

Sometimes we have a plan. Sometimes we get focused on a plan. Sometime we get so focused on a plan that we miss things. We miss the opportunity to do things in a different way, in a better way.

On the other hand, there are instances when a plan is lacking. We shift from one idea to the next without the clarity of thought to ensure that any changes are still in-line with the original goal.

There are two separate forces at play here. First is the need for clarity of vision and thinking. In other words, knowing where you want to go and why. And second is the need for flexibility, or adaptability. Being able to change your plan as things develop but with the same end point in mind.

You remember lesson about balance? Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better.

Mr. Miyagi, Karate Kidd
Karate Kid

As with most things, there needs to be a balance between the two – clarity of thinking to know your end point; but also the flexibility to refine your plan as circumstances change.

Don’t be so inflexible that you can’t adapt as conditions which influence you change – the market, the environment, your competition. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘there is a better way to do this’ and make the necessary changes. Don’t be so focused that you are rigid to change.

At the same time, don’t lose sight of your end goal and get lost through a constant change of direction. The end-point should be the shining light on the horizon which guides your decision making. Make sure you know what it is and why it’s important.

For whilst that point should act as a constant, in finding the ability to be flexible in the development and execution of our plans, we also find a way to free our thinking and to open up new opportunities.

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