“Excellence at Chess is one mark of a scheming mind.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Most people react, they do not plan. They focus on what to do next, not what to do next week or next quarter. The ability to observe and calculate on the next level is a hallmark of Chess Masters and Grandmasters in business, martial arts, and life.
See the future potential moves and outcomes instead of just what is there now. Learn to leave openings and set traps like a General or a spy, leading your opponent into danger like a seducer. Know the game and where it will go, be the player and not the played.
Like Moriarty playing the game of shadows, running simulation after simulation through his neocortex to understand the ten thousand or more permutations and outcomes from any potential action before taking any one, you must calculate and project and scheme to succeed in any game you play.