There are a great many people working on great causes I share who would rather take action quickly and lose than have to wait. Or rather, feel that way, but haven’t really thought through the consequences of defeat. I am not very encouraged by having them on my side, because they are not assets to a cause. I’m always amazed when it doesn’t seem to have crossed someone’s mind that patience and postponing any reckoning until it is already in your favor is a very large part of successful strategic thinking. Either they are ignorant of strategy (seemingly a lost art), or their temperament is averse to what needs to be done. I suspect both. Unfortunately, steps that must be taken to increase chances of success are not always exciting or attention-getting or glamorous or entertaining or—most relevantly—immediate in their results. In my experience it is incredibly hard to get people interested in figuring out those steps, and actually doing them.
Sure, heedless optimists have the first point of ALL strategy down: assume success in your goal is possible. (Presupposed: you can define what “success in your goal” would mean. That can be surprisingly tricky. Some don’t even see the need for clarity in advance.) But you also have to chart steps to take you from here to there. Without understanding, knowledge, resources, support, a framework, a plan, organization, collaboration, education, or whatever might be necessary, grand ambitions will never be realized, no matter the desire or passion or bravery you have. Emotions don’t obtain results and neither does misspent effort.