first_imgHumans have been strategizing from the day they come to existence; in fact, we make strategy every day to utilize our time and what to do and what not to. The thing that sends a significant setback to our strategy or decisions is the time gap between the implementation and results and the vast number of unknown factors sitting between them.The foremost step which leads which triggers the decision making is the motivation for that particular task; it could be anything ranging from monetary value to the aesthetic one. After motivation begins, the next step of information search and processing, and here the problems of selective bias come in. Subconsciously or consciously, we tend to select that information only, which we believe could be right without properly scrutinizing it, going by the actual merits and demerits of each piece. The bias should be kept as low as possible, as it can affect the final decision adversely. Holding in point, all of the information gathered from various sources is then processed, and certain meaningful insight is being drawn from it.After processing, it comes to decision-making and implementation. It’s now where actual action is performed based on the previous two stages on the field, but the gap between final consequences and the last act sits a large number of unknown factors that were not taken care of in the previous stages.In a perfect world, a hundred per cent full proof strategy and decisions may be possible to guarantee the consequences expected, but that is not the case with the practical world. The pandemic completely blew off all the plans and entirely thought strategies in one go. It just gives us an insight into how an unknown factor can ultimately endanger months and years of planning.The one major factor for such uncertainties is the time gap between the implementation and consequences, which can not be avoided.So how to conquer this problem? The perfect and straightforward answer to this is persistence and grit.During the whole process, one should maintain his persistence after repetitive failures and unforeseen circumstances; it is the grit that drives all. The perseverance and open mind that is always ready to discover new paths and keeping all the options available can be done at any time while keeping the final destination the same. One of the best examples to describe persistence is the Nobel prize winner in chemistry Venkatraman Ramakrishnan who had a fair share of setbacks throughout his carrier starting from a very early age he could not get into a prestigious institute for his undergrad in India after that he went to the United States and for PhD in physics. After completing his PhD realized he does not have the aptitude for physics and again went to graduate school to transition into biology. He ended up with a Noble prize in chemistry; this example sums up the above discussion about the gap and unknown factors that hinder consequences, but one thing that overcomes this is grit and persistence with an open mind keeping the final goal determined.last_img read more