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Did you know that the number of variations in Chess is more than the number of atoms in our universe? Interestingly, the same can be said about the variations in human life styles. The analogy between Chess and life is fascinating: From how Chess reveals the personality of the players themselves to how each move may be interpreted as a trend in everyday judgment: “Let’s play Chess, I want to see your stand on the Abortion Law,” I have heard this humorously put.

Of course, this is obviously not necessarily true, but it stems from a valid premise, the inexorable analogy that our lives have with variations in this board game.  Playing Chess  has taught quite a lot about making decisions and other aspects of life. I have isolated a few lessons I have picked up from this game.

Changing One Thing Changes Many!

Although Chess allows you to move the pieces however you like, there is always a consequence for every move you make. It’s just like the Law of Causality: Everything happens as a consequence of what’s been done prior. Just as one move can spoil your chances at winning a chess game, one mistake in life can push you so far off course that you may never get to recover.

Conversely, when you make good decisions, maybe to fight off some addiction or to invest more time into your carrier, this act initiates a chain reaction which may set you up for a later victory. A little change today will go a long way in influencing the future.

Copying With Despair.

Sometimes in life, as in Chess, the odds can get quite blurry thus predicting the outcome of your endeavor can be somewhat daunting . When this happens in Chess, good players usually think only a few moves ahead. The reason is that instead of a player wasting his time trying to figure the whole chess board out, making brilliant immediate moves is the surest way to better his odds.

In life also, sometimes it’s imperative that you slide into this form of Safe Mode. Identify a few immediate steps in your life journey and take them carefully rather than procrastinate until you can see the whole staircase . This will not only warrant you a time advantage, but it will also help you retain your focus and will ensure your progression even in time of difficulty and challenge.

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You Almost Always Have A Fighting Chance.

One of the biggest misconception that people make is to believe that life is linear such that when one thing happens another thing will definitely happen. Chess teaches us differently. Whilst every move in Chess has a consequence, the consequence is more of an aggregate of moves decision by both players. Similarly, your life has a bearing on the lives of those you interact with and their lives affect yours. That is partly why at one point or another you find yourself at the mercy of some individuals.

Someone may or may not push your paperwork up for promotion, a professor may or may not endorse your research project for an award etc. Others’ decisions may hold you back, just as easily as they may thrust you up a step or two. A mistake on somebody’s part may warrant you salvation; a mistake on your part may be overlooked by life. Conversely, your best move may be thwarted by another’s better move. Basically, life doesn’t work on a balance sheet. What we have from life are probabilities, but the outcome is uncertain. Acknowledging this irrefutable element of luck assures us that there is always a fighting chance.

You should keep making good decisions; the better your decisions the greater your probability of success. And don’t despair when you hit an ice bag: The Chess game that is life will only certainly end if and when you give up. But as long as you feel that there is a chance to save your King i.e. your heartbeat and purpose, you stick around, you cross your figures, you bluff, you put on your best poker face; you stay calm, you live, you learn, you hang in there:

Hope Of A Second Chance.

For every Chess game, a player learns something new. Even if you lose, there might even be another greater game with higher stakes that experience is setting you up for.

You are not the only one who makes mistakes or errors in judgment: Yours may seem too big to recover from but sometimes you’re just too close to see the big picture. Just as even the most hopeless game of Chess is a potential Stalemate, a hopeless situation in life may turn out to warrant a reasonable settlement.

Caution!

Just another quick lesson: Don’t live your life by employing one philosophy after another. It’s just sad how people just take an idea, pitch tent, and start a family about it. Philosophies and ideas are simply guidelines and thoughts meant to provoke your mind to work. Don’t be like sheep, but let ideas help you in making original objective decisions.  Think!

Don’t play Checkers with life, it’s stark common. Play Chess!

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