Life Is Like A Game Of Chess

Even if you’re not an aficionado of Chess, there are a lot of life lessons that  you can take from the strategy-based board game. If you’re unfamiliar with the game of Chess, it dates back to the sixth century and it’s a game won by strategizing and anticipating the reaction of your competitor. Your life and a game of chess may have more in common than you think, since both require smart strategy and a confident sense of leadership to reach your goals successfully.

While most people know me as an entrepreneur, they may not know that I’ve been playing chess for as long as I can remember. Thanks to my dad, I was able to play in competitive tournaments. While I may have been considered decent at best, chess has defined my path, my decisions, and my purpose in life. My plans are strategic and my moves are well calculated. You don’t need to be a chess pro to live your life, but here are a few ways to change your life with strategies used while playing chess:

1. You’ve got to make sacrifices to get to where you want to be in life. A successful chess strategy in the beginning is usually executed when you may have to sacrifice your pawns (weaker pieces) to your opponent to ensure you reach your goal. “Laying down your pawns” might mean spending less time on social media to build your business or to organize your short-term goals to benefit the next step within your long-term goals.

2. Build up your strategy as you go. It’s crucial to strategize moving your stronger pieces in order to execute your goals. In life and on the chessboard, your goals will become clearer once you get moving toward them. Keep your planning strategic by revisiting your goals and laying down the necessary strategies and tactics to meet them. For instance, your goal may be to break away from your employer and to start your own business. Make sure you have a strategy in place to accomplish this, then you will find out that some things will change as you gain more knowledge about your industry.

3. Look ahead to carefully plan. During a game of chess, players focus on predicting their competitor’s next move.  I would always ask myself the same thing in a game of chess: “What am I trying to achieve by doing this move?” You can do the same by carefully planning the action that will follow next. For example, you may decide to showcase your skills by volunteering for a project in hopes of gaining valuable skills and experiences.

4. Keep in mind that it’s hard to predict too many moves ahead, so don’t overplan, or else you may end up not being able to move your stronger pieces. You could encounter something similar if you’re planning something big, like a move to another town or state. Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple as you move, which means avoiding every small detail involved in your move.

5. Don’t get distracted as it’s easy to veer off your path during a game of chess.  Don’t let “bumps in the road” or a competitive environment distract from achieving your goals. In terms of life and chess, note that losing can persuade you to change what doesn’t need to be changed, and winning can convince you to not change things that needs to be changed. Remain balanced in both positive and negative situations to ensure you’re strategically leading yourself to your goals.

6. Confidence is crucial! Train to be the best since the best chess players thoroughly believe in their plans for success. If you’re not confident in your strategies, it’s unlikely other people will believe in you. Great chess players often surround themselves with other great chess players. You can do the same in your life as you choose to spend time with people who can help you reach your goals. Go the extra mile when building your confidence by surrounding yourself with smart, talented people who you know will keep you in line on your path.

Both chess and life need to be played with care and careful strategy. If you’re looking to get ahead in life, start by defining your goals and using clear strategies to achieve them. What is  your strategy?

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