Success] requires less routine deployment of well-learned skills and more “thinking through” and “figuring out” of challenging new problems. Indeed, the pursuit of any challenging goal often involves actively analyzing tasks and then planning, self-monitoring, and revising strategies.
Such strategic behaviors are typically referred to as “metacognitive strategies,” because they require taking a perspective on oneself and one’s tactics.
Or in simple terms, constantly revising and adapting and refining your approach to achieving a goal.
How to Develop a Strategic Mindset
Sounds good, but how?
There’s a process. The key is to regularly ask yourself six basic questions – all focused on your emotions – as you pursue a goal:
Feel like you’re struggling more than you should? Take a step back and ask yourself, "What are things I can do to help myself?"
Feel like you’ve hit a plateau? Ask yourself, "Is there a better way of doing this?"
Feel frustrated with how difficult progress seems? Ask yourself, "How can I do this better?"
Feel challenged? Ask yourself, "What are things I can do to make myself better at this?"
Feel intimidated? Ask yourself, "What can I do to help myself?"
Feel like it’s always going to be too hard? Ask yourself, “What can I do to get better at this?”