Find what motivates those you seek to influence and their patterns to understand how to react. In all things think to yourself how you can think like a fox. Remove yourself from the confined thinking of the mundane. Seek to eliminate your instinctual responses and remove your ego from the equation. Be the unseen in the battle that drives the victory without seeking to bask in the spotlight. As you work on your own thinking the path to understanding will become more clear.
A solid piece by the folks at Rogue Dynamics.