Do you remember playing games when you were little?
You would always be told what game you were playing…how to play…and how to win…but not how to play to win. Not the strategies that you needed…or the tactics to employ…or how to use your skills to best effect.
For a competitive little flamer like me, it was a killer. I always wanted to win! I still do…(although not at all costs these days :)) So I learned. I lost quite a few games along the way, there were probably quite a few ‘bad loser’ strops…but finally, I worked out the best way to win.
Business is a game too.
In business, loads of people want to tell you how to play the game…and how to win. They want to tell you that they know the best strategy…that they know the best game plan…the best tactics for you to employ. It’s a huge challenge wading through other people’s strategic and tactical options…and ultimately, it can be a huge waste of time.
Because you have to play your own game.
Yes, you need to understand the moves available to you, you need to learn from the successful strategies of others, and the failures too…you need to try and fail and try again…until you work out what’s right for you.
But nobody else can tell you how to win your game, because nobody else knows the game you’re playing, or what winning looks like to you.
Winning may look like a million pound business…or maybe simply financial freedom…like time spent with your children as they’re growing up, like 3 or 4 holidays a year, like a fabulous relationship with your other half…maybe like all of the above.
Only you know what winning your game looks like. Only you know how to play to win.
Don’t play someone else’s game – you may not be able to win it.
Play your own game…and win!