Strategy – Blog Carnival

Welcome to the STRATEGY edition of the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival.

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I realized that I never got around to writing my post for our last carnival, which was on the word ‘resolution’.

Conveniently, though, the two words, resolution and strategy make me think of the same thing – in other words, they go together hand in hand.

When I think of the word ‘resolution’, my first though is the declaration of independence, where a bunch of guys resolved to form a new nation.

This was not something they did lightly or without a lot of thought, soul searching and, most probably, prayer, but rather it was something that after much time, thought and discussion they firmly decided on.

It was a course of action, a path, that they carefully considered the ramifications and implications of and in the end resolved to go through with, no matter what the cost.

That decision in itself required strategy. They had resolved to do something but a strategy was needed to fulfill their resolution – and that strategy started with the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence.

I look at that, the monumental changes that they made and the weight and gravity of their decision and then I look at my own life and I realize that I rarely ‘resolve’ to do anything.

It is rare that I decide to follow a certain path, rather I give up trying NOT to follow that path.

If you could examine many of the major decision points in my life, the major turning points and directional markers, you would see that I didn’t make the choice to do what I did but rather I made the choice to give up not doing whatever that choice would have entailed.

The difference? Strategy.

A strategy would mean that I’m taking some control of my life and my direction. A strategy would mean that I have a purpose and am resolute in achieving that purpose.

I don’t really have any strategy. I don’t know which comes first, the chicken or the egg.

Do I not resolve to do things because I have no strategy for navigating through life or so I have no strategy because I rarely, if ever, fully resolve to do anything but instead I just let it happen to me?

These questions weigh heavily on my mind.


And I have no strategy for dealing with them… neither have I resolved to do so.

It’s kind of a vicious circle…

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

11 thoughts on “Strategy – Blog Carnival”

  1. Perhaps your strategy is to think outside the box. There is nothing wrong with diversion especially if you arrive at the success point that you planed to achieve by taking a different path.
    Thanks for hosting this site!

  2. Peter, I know that you follow God’s will, and that’s the best strategy you can have in your life.
    I personally am too driven into planning and laying out strategies (probably because of my work experience), and God has been leading me into the opposite direction: “just trust Me”, he has been teaching me.
    Of course that when I know what it is that God wants me to do, I still plan, but I make sure to get his OK before taking action.
    For example, I felt that He has lead me into learn more and more about Him, through studying his Word. So not only I am continuing my daily reading of the Bible, I have just applied to an online Theology class from a brazilian college.
    This one that I applied to is a one year course and it is just a basic class but if I study all the modules (up to four years, depending on the student’s pace), I will eventually get the equivalent of a college degree with it.
    BTW, thanks for hosting the blog carnival!

  3. Strategies are needed to fulfill resolutions. I agree. I happen to be a major planner like Cris, and I have to keep that in check. But overall, planning to reach our goals is such a critical step that if we overlook it, we often fail.

  4. I loved the way you tied the two words together. I have thought a lot about the word resolve since the last carnival and this one had me thinking about strategies I’ve used to raise my children-not done, need more strategy : )

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. Resolution and strategy – they go together indeed… Take resolution and no strategy, you’ll get a bullheaded force without any aim. Strategy without resolution will be useless as well – looking good on paper but doing nothing in real life.

  6. Good point on the two going hand in hand. I think that’s a good question you’re wrestling with- do you not resolve because you don’t have strategy or do you not have strategy because you don’t resolve. Hmmmm. Makes me think of my own life. How many choices do I make myself rather than just reacting to choices made around me. Taking control of my life requires resolution and strategy.

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