In Chris Brogan's new e- book, "It's Not About the Tights: An Owner's Manual on Bravery," he talks about a concept I have read about, "The OODA Loop." It is an idea from the military and was first developed in training American fighter pilots on how to win a dogfight with an enemy aircraft.
Here is the process; Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. As a loop, it is a repetitive process. He says we should apply the loop to our lives. We see what's going on; we orient ourselves in relation to what we observe; we then decide the action to take based on the orientation; and we act on the decision.
I see this with clients. I told a client CEO that I had bad news, and that our motion to dismiss a lawsuit was denied. He said something I have never forgotten: "All news is good news, because then you know where you stand." Just like OODA: He observed a fact, he oriented himself to it in relation to what it meant to the case, and we decided what to do next and did it.
Brogan notes that it's the action part that is often the hardest, so he gives his reader this simple 1,2,3 task. (1) I accept that I am here:_______; (2) I intend to be here______; and (3) Today (not tomorrow) I'll take this action to bridge myself back on track:______.
Good advice for the dogfights in your life.