Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

The old adage “No plan survives the first contact with the enemy” or the better known Mike Tyson corollary “No plan survives past the first punch” are a bit off the mark. They tend to give the impression that operating as an ad hoc cowboy, adapting and adjusting everything as we go, is the way of the elite; that’s a little misleading. Another popular expression “Those that fail to plan, plan to fail” is actually more accurate. For everything we do on the SEAL Teams, there is a plan, a brief, and rehearsals before executing the evolution or mission.

Developing such plans is crucial to reducing anxiety and ...

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