11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life
by Gaye Levy & George Ure
As I write this, Feb. 2013, many New Years Resolutions are flying out the window and landing with a loud thud somewhere far away from good intentions. Although many resolutions are a desire for a better life, most are based on a good deal of hope…because there wasn’t much “strategy” to them.
Gaye Levy of Backdoor Survival and George Ure of Urban Survival & Peopleconomics, come together to give readers 11 steps to living strategically. Strategic living is important because too many people don’t put a lot of thought into a long term approach to living. There is something to say about being spontaneous and “living in the moment.” However, a lifetime of “living in the moment” can be disastrous. Strategy implies that there is a plan, like in a game. Levy and Ure suggest that we are playing a game of life in which we find boundaries, just like in any sport. Strategic living suggests your plan in the game and your tactics are your moves.
The book covers 11 areas of life that you should be strategic in:
1. Be healthy and pursue wellness
2. Achieve economic independence
3. Embrace food production
4. Reduce energy consumption
5. Learn to barter
6. Use it up, wear it out, make it do!
7. Take advantage of nature’s bounty
8. Prepare for the unexpected
9. Choose simplicity
10. Enjoy the good life
11. The LOSTD – List of stuff to do
At the core of this 60 + page book is common sense. Now I know that I’m preaching to the choir here, but our world is in need of some common sense! So, instead of hoping in those resolutions, why not be strategic?
So here are some suggestions how you can use this book strategically.
Of course, you can read through it very quickly. It’s an easy read. You will immediately gain from it. Levy and Ure provide clickable links to online resources that will be helpful in your new journey to be strategic.
Another way to use this book is to do an evaluation on where you are in each of the 11 steps. Give yourself a score and identify the steps that need some work. Review your evaluation once a month and score yourself again on each of the 11 steps.
Lastly, take one of the steps a month and focus on it. Spending a few minutes each day or a few hours on Saturday morning devoted to learning more about the steps and how you can apply what you are learning will go a long way.