10 Steps to Living a Strategic Life
Back in the day, I used to talk about something called Image Direction and Image Directors.
What I meant by that was, in the most basic of terms, determining who I was and what I wanted to do. From there the goal was to create a targeted plan of action to get me where I wanted to go.
Now let me say – and this is important – this was in the 70s. You know, the era of bell bottoms, mini-skirts and disco? I was starting my career and along with my peers, we were driven to become “someone”. With a legacy of campus unrest, anti-war protests, and a general distrust of the older generation, we wanted to make a difference and along the way if we made a ton of money, all the better. That was the way it was for the 70s generation.
Yep. Image Direction. It was our 70s fancy, schmancy word for setting a goal then making it happen.
Those days seem like a long time ago. While the optimism of youth still resides in this now, decidedly older body, the old concept of image direction seems dated. Instead, I would like to think I pursue a life of Strategic Living. What is that you say?
Living strategically – by my own definition – means living a life full of abundant adventure while embracing the tenants of simplicity and sustainability. It means being healthy and reaping the benefits of bounteous friendships and caring relationships. It means living a life full of happiness and readiness, without the burden of wanting to be someone else or someplace else. It means liking yourself and moving forward with this business of life with animated spirit and optimism.
This all sounds like lofty stuff but when you get right down to it, I think we have been preparing for this moment for a long long time. Living strategically means being self-sufficient and being self-reliant. It means being prepared for life in these uncertain times.
So how do you get there? Today I would like to outline 10 basic steps to achieving a strategic life.