From the day they come into being, people have been strategizing; in reality, we make every day a plan to use our time and what to do and what not to do. The time gap between the implementation and performance and the large amount of unknown variables sitting between them is the thing that sends a big setback to our plan or decisions.
The motive for that particular task is the primary step that causes decision-making; it may be anything ranging from monetary value to aesthetic value. The next step of knowledge search and analysis starts after motivation, and here the issues of selective bias come in. We prefer to pick only the information subconsciously or consciously, which we think might be correct without thoroughly scrutinising it, going by the actual merits and demerits of each piece. The prejudice should be kept as low as possible, as the final decision may be adversely affected. Keeping in point, all the data gathered from different sources is then analysed, and from it is extracted some useful insight.
It comes to decision-making and execution after processing. It is now where actual action is carried out on the basis of the previous two phases in the sector, but a large number of unknown variables that were not taken care of in the previous phases lie in the distance between the final effects and the last act.
In an ideal world, it might be possible to ensure the predicted results of a hundred percent full proof plan and decisions, but that is not the case in the real world. In one go the pandemic totally blew up all preparations and entirely thought-out tactics. It just gives us an insight into how months and years of preparation will inevitably be endangered by an unknown cause.
The time gap between implementation and consequences, which can not be prevented, is a major factor in such uncertainties.
And how can this dilemma be conquered? Persistence and grit are the best and straightforward response to this.
After repeated setbacks and unpredictable situations, one should retain his persistence throughout the entire process; it is the grit that drives everything. At any time, the perseverance and open mind that is always willing to find new directions and keep all the possibilities available can be achieved while retaining the same final destination.
One of the best examples to explain persistence is Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel prize winner in chemistry, who had a fair share of setbacks throughout his carrier from a very early age, after he went to the United States and for a PhD in physics, he could not get into a prestigious institute for his undergraduate in India. He did not have the desire to do physics after completing his PhD and went to graduate school to move to biology again. He ended with a Noble Chemistry Prize; this instance sums up the discussion above about the distance and unknown variables that obstruct consequences, but one thing that overcomes this is grit and dedication with an open mind that holds the final target determined.