Approach Matters, Not the Size of Your Opponent!

Such a huge target, I may not able to complete within the deadline…

I am in a big problem with which I would not able to deal…

Do you know, such a wide competition over there to get through it this time?

In our regular life or in professional front we come across such situations or challenges where we often fear to deal with or give up or accept defeat, even before we analyze or think on how to tackle them. The first thing we do is step back looking at the very thought of the size of the challenge or the target, yes, the size of the opponent (challenges). There begins the fear of failing without facing or even prior to getting into the challenge.

No matter how big your opponent is, until and unless your approach or strategy is extraordinary, nothing matters. Even if you have some fat team and no approach, you are going to fail. Here the opponent can be challenges of your life and your own thought process.

To win over your opponent, first, all you do is to believe in yourself, your strengths and your abilities. The beauty of the approach lies in not confronting the enemy all at once, rather divide the big target into smaller unit targets and deal it one by one to understand and get control over the situation or target with your unique capabilities.

Here the focus should be more on restricting the opponents than defeating the enemy at once, relieving from the thought and stress of how strong the opponent is. This will help you to concentrate on a game plan as a team, as every input from every team member matters to achieve small unit targets. This attitude usually makes the opponents feel relaxed and this little bit relaxation gives scope for your enemy to commit mistakes and ultimately losing his strength.

Learning From Baji Rao On How to Break The Big Enemy With No Force

I would suggest you read about The Battle of Palkhed between Baji Rao Peshwa and Nizam. This is a classic example of how to deal with tough enemies, even though you are not placed well.

When Nizam of Hyderabad with full force wanted to attack Satara, the capital of Marathas; the Nizam army was far more powerful in size and arms than what Marathas were. King Sahoji asked Baji Rao to return from his campaigns from Khandesh and save the capital.  Baji Rao, on looking at the size of the Nizam army, if he goes for a big war would result in great loss and may also lose the battle as the army was big.

Baji Rao instead of having fear looking at the size of the army, he moved towards the north and started capturing all the provinces of Mughal in Gujarat and got a complete hold of Gujarat. Taking the help of armies in Gujarat, he threatened the Nizam, which made Nizam stop his trails going towards Satara and instead march down south. Nizam base was located on the banks of Ganga near Palkhed, as Baji Rao already occupied all the places surrounding it and cut off Mughal army support, Nizam was blocked.

Bajirao waited till all the supplies Nizam were carrying, to finish and cut off further food and rest of the supplies. That left Nizam and a huge army morally go down. Then Baji Rao’s sent his small army, which was sufficient enough to threaten the Nizam and in fear Nizam accepted his defeat. Baji Rao without even waging direct war on Nizam got him defeated.

 Baji Rao never went defensive approach, though Sahoji insisted. Instead, he replied saying ‘To cut a tree you do not cut all the branches and the trunk — the best way is to strike at the roots.’

Bajirao made the best use of his cavalry and first blocked Nizam ul Mulk all the sources from supporting Nizam of Hyderabad. Baji Rao didn’t look at the size of the opponent. He located the strengths and weakness of the enemy and then started a series of attacks parallels on all those possible supporters of Nizam in the north. Then finally merged all his parallel divisions merge at a point where Nizam was brought down mentally leaving to failure.

Bernard Montgomery, British Army General, quoted the Baji Rao’s victory of Palkhed as a “masterpiece of strategic mobility.”

Our history has a lot of lessons like this, all we need to do is respect legacy adhered to you and learn from them.


“Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.” ― Sun Tzu

So, dear friends, modularize your approach on your enemy of situations with your mobile warfare strategies, conquer all the supplies that strengthen your enemy and win your enemy without fighting the battle. 

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