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Questions to Ask Before Engaging in Battle

July 31, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

If you’re like most successful people, you have problems.

The more you have going on in your day, the more likely you’re going to have a problem. Or problems. If you’re building something, you’ll have to deal with people who are unhappy with your message or your project. And the bigger your project and message grow, the more people will be opposed. You may have competitors who are a constant thorn in your side.

One key to success is to pick your battles. You need to make sure you understand whom you’re engaging and why. It needs to be strategic. Many of the people I know who have (so far) failed to achieve their goals are busily engaged in battles — not strategic battles — over small issues in the grand scheme.

I’ve heard people say you can learn the size of people by the size of their problems. I agree. People who struggle tend to fight small battles. Those who win and do amazing things fight big battles; their battles are uniformly crucial.

Are you taking the time to analyze your battles? Remove the emotion. Suck yourself out of the situation. Think about the global effect of what you do.  Is your “problem” worth a fight or should you cut your losses? It’s okay to walk away. It’s okay to focus on something greater. The question is: What are you doing? How are you building it and are you careful about what battles you fight?

Have you had this struggle? Has it been difficult to determine what battles to let go? What’s your strategy? Join us in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Jesse Adams.


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