Article PDF: 5.1 Mission Priorities

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Five rules picking the best actions based on their alignment with mission.

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This article explains how we use our mission to help us eliminate the worst actions. Despite using our sophisticated mental models for picking high-probability opportunities, Sun Tzu's strategy cannot predict where an opportunity will lead. The strategic problem here is that, once we start pursuing an opportunity, that pursuit can take on a life of its own. Our choice of actions loses site of our goals. We can choose actions because they are familiar, comfortable, or simply because we enjoy doing them. It would be wonderful if we could choose only actions that we enjoy doing on our path to success, but that is seldom the case.