Two Former Navy SEAL Commanders Explain Why Overplanning Can Be Dangerous Sometimes

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Former Navy SEAL commanders Jocko Willink and Leif Babin know a thing or two about planning out missions. From the best to worst case scenarios, it’s often important to take a look at all sides but that can go too far sometimes.

I’m an overplanner. It’s not like I’m out there participating in deadly missions, but when it comes to work, life, and/or travel I plan everything out as thoroughly as possible. I’d rather prepare for every possible scenario then find myself up shit creek without a paddle.

Below, Jocko and Leif discuss the levels of planning that go into executing successful missions and when overplanning can become a hindrance. The biggest takeaway I got from this is that sometimes you can spend all of your time planning and zero time executing the plan. They give advice on how to properly plan based on their experience in the Navy SEALs.

If you found this fascinating then you’ll almost certainly enjoy another segment they shared earlier in the week. In this clip, Jocko and Leif discuss the most common misconceptions about life in the military and they talk about how a great leader should act.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of Jocko’s book you can pick up a hardcover copy of Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual for just $12.50 on Amazon and a Kindle version for $11.99.

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