I believe that one of the valuable attributes of a good chess player is strategy; they are often wonderful strategists. Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term goal or aim. In life, it can be a helpful thing to have strategies for the aims and goals we have, a kind of master plan of how to get what you want and to where you want. Self-made guiding principles that are followed through, in charting a way forward through the choppy sea of life. In doing so, nasty surprises may not be totally eliminated, but can be greatly reduced to negligible levels.
However, a word of caution is that in doing so, there has to be a healthy amount of strategic ambiguity. Yes, strategic ambiguity in a world of competition in almost everything; from studies to work/business is a helpful tool. I do not mean to be apocalyptic but, the realities of life seem to suggest that perhaps not everybody is charitable towards another. This is where strategic ambiguity can be helpful in protecting you from uncharitable groups and individuals along the way to achieving your goals. Reading and knowing situations and people at a given point in time and place can help to inform you if it is worth being clear or ambiguous.
You know your intentions well, but you may not know or be so sure of other people’s intentions. Make god use of your social intelligence skills. Just because you could be strategically ambiguous as and when necessary, you should maintain consistency regarding you/your organisation’s strategy. When you review situations and see where you have been, where you are at the moment and if your goal is within reach, is how you can tell whether you are making good or slow or no progress. Where re-calibration of particular aspects is necessary, do just that. Additionally, your wellness matters and should be maintained. Furthermore, where other professional expertise can be of help, mine inclusive; you can make your wise choices at your convenience.
I wish you well.