Thursday, May 26, 2011

Decision making is chess.

Part of my model of competitor analysis includes a psychological profile of the player and his opponent. Why is that so? Isnt it just a technical game?

Say you are a procrastinator, is it possible you are more likely to ignore a "small" threat on the board until it is too late?

Say you are conflict adverse, would you be more uncomfortable when the fight is brought to you?

But before you can start a profile you must first measure your own skill sets/propensities and inclinations. Your open game strength, your close game strength. Why? Because you have an opponent in chess. Your profile needs to be matched against his/her. You could be a bigger procrastinator than your opponent, more conflict adverse etc.

So I always measure first; before I do a profile and form a strategy. This is not anything new. This is normal practice in many systems of competitor analysis.

And if your evaluation is correct then the strategy should work ie if you can keep to the strategy under duress; impulse control.

You then make a series of decisions based on the strategy. In the direction of the win. Then there is forward movement and a win at the end.

So make your evaluation, be decisive. The ones who are sabotaging your progress in chess are decisive. They have no conflict in them. They set the conflict in you so you are unable to move, to decide, to think. Psychology 101 in action.

Look at their motives, judge their actions. This is just chess. It's not personal. You want a particular ending and they want another. Issues. Remove the blockage and you win. Our chess moves to another level or not. They have used the same dumb argument for years. They have stopped progress for years. You know that right? And they want you to think its your fault while they actively sabotage. The casting of illusions. :)

Look at relative value of pieces. Some are working against the plan. Now you have to decide which ones are doing what. To progress in chess, you must learn how to make decisions; form a plan and then follow it.

Question: Can the threats be ignored if you want a particular ending? What ending do you want? Focus on that and then look again at what I said above. Interesting isnt it?

For those that want to know more on the creation of inner conflicts, read here.

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