Chess a CC 0 photo from Pixabay courtesy of LyraBelacqua-Sally    On Minor Successes

“Confidence begets confidence.” – Latin proverb

Success in Chess is a rush. Usually you can see it coming, and cornering a tough opponent it is a solid shot of courage. The flush of excitement and the satisfaction of victory can be it’s own reward; it feels like nothing else to a serious chess player. Even success of an in-game tactic brings with it real promise – repeated small victories will bring you to the final checkmate.

You get the same feelings from success in life. The promotion of a pawn will bring a feeling of euphoria just like a sale to a major new client.

The Russian Chess GM and World Champion Garry Kasparov once said, “Enormous self-belief, intuition, the ability to take a risk at a critical moment and go in for a very dangerous play with counter-chances for the opponent – it is precisely these qualities that distinguish great players.”

Those ideas distinguish success in life as well. It doesn’t need to be a major life event. As in chess, life progresses one move at a time towards a greater end.

Racing to the grocery store after work to pick up dinner before making it to your child’s soccer game in time? It brings satisfaction, knowing you get to watch them play, and so too having dinner with them afterwards. Some may call those very small victories. But if you do it every week you will build good relationships with your family, celebrating their endeavors. That can be a huge move towards having a healthy family – a winning short term tactic building a victory in Life.

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu

Everything has choices, whether you are trading the stock market or taking a different route to the soccer game. Like Kasparov said, it takes “enormous self-belief, intuition, and the ability to take risks.” If you have those things in life as in chess, your confidence will grow and long term success can be built.

Hold every little victory to the promise it makes. Each minor success creates the possibility for another to follow, and then another. It does not matter whether it is in chess or in life, plugging away with focus and persistence will bring rewards, small and then great. Rest assured in your successes, whether you display them or not. Winning is not about being recognized.

“Never ask for approval in your work. Life is your own, inspiration is your own, you create alone, and the results are your own – and that’s good enough.” – David Louis


image: Chess a CC 0 photo from Pixabay courtesy of LyraBelacqua-Sally

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