“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”

– William Hutchinson Murray

“Confidence in our beliefs is the catalyst that turns attitudes into action, bringing  beliefs to life and imbuing them with meaning and consequence…The more certain we we are of a belief regardless of objective correctness, the more sustainable it will be and the greater its influence on what we do.”

– Tormala & Rucker

“Thought is for action. Thinking evolved as an extension of the ability to act effectively; it evolved to make us better at doing what’s necessary to achieve our goals. Thought allows us to select from among a set of possible actions by predicting the effects of each action and by imagining how the world would be if we had taken different actions in the past.”

– Steven Sloman & Philip Fernbach 

Strategy Without a Strategy

Strategy is mostly seen as a process with a discrete start (an analysis, a new mission, a new CEO, an external event, and so on), a discrete duration (a strategy for 2020, a 3-year plan and so on), and a discrete ending (a written plan, a successfully executed strategy, reaching a particular goal or milestone,…