We hear it ever so often. You need to have a Plan B, a contingency plan, a “what if” plan.

However, take a look at all the times you created a Plan B. Did you ever end up using it?

Maybe yes and maybe no, but once you choose to create a backup plan, the odds of the first one succeeding are skewed towards failure for the following reasons:

Plan B’s produce indecisiveness

Will Smith once said, “There is no need for a Plan B as it distracts from a Plan.” The very moment you create a contingency plan you are being indecisive. Indecisive in your goals, your life plan, your career, your personal life, or whatever path you are creating that plan for. A Plan A’s effectiveness will never be truly realized unless you are decisive and determined to achieve it despite any odds. The moment you organize a second plan, you are saying to the universe, I have not fully decided on Plan A. As mentioned in previous articles, success in anything is driven by definitive and direct goal setting. When you meander between a Plan A and B, you are showing indecisiveness, your inability to make decisions, and your lack of belief in your own goals.

Plan B’s create doubt

A Plan B in and of itself immediately raises doubt about Plan A. You cannot expect for Plan A to fully materialize if you are cynical about its success. It is like going to the gym every week to get a 6 pack (Plan A), but then say if you cannot get a 6 pack you will settle for just a flat stomach (Plan B). Right there, you just kicked your Plan A right in the fucking balls. Decisiveness mixed with affirmation is imperative to the fruition of your goals. The moment you raise a question mark, you are saying “I am not sure,” “I am not prepared to do what it takes,” “I will settle for less.” Doubt is a production of negativity which when combined is almost a certain derailing of your ultimate goal.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The best fights are those fought by those without a Plan B

This is what you should do…

Instead of Plan B’s; Create Plan A’s and Sub-Goals Within Them

If you really look at it, the moment you switch from a Plan A to a Plan B, you are denoting a failure or alteration of sorts to your original goal. Therefore, creating sub-goals within your Plan A will prevent you from needing a Plan B.

Example

My Plan A: I start a website and my goal is to reach a million readers in the first 3 years, and upon reaching the million, I will write a book about “How I Reached a Million Readers in 3 Years.” However, the 3 year mark is quickly arriving and I have only reached 600,000. My Plan A sub-goal upon starting the website was that if I had not reached the million in the allotted time, I would do a 30 minute video on how I reached whatever number instead of writing a book. Therefore, I will create a YouTube video titled “How I Reached 600,000 Readers in 3 Years.” If you really look at that example (as stupid as it might be), my sub-goal is just an extension of my Plan A. When you create your Plan A’s, create different goals within that plan. Therefore, at each marker you are still working towards your ultimate Plan A goal. So just like in the website example above. I might not have reached the desired 1 million in 3 years, but I created a sub-goal within my original plan to say if I do not reach the 1 million in this time, I will do this. But, eventually my aim is to still reach the 1 million, I will just have to extend the time it will take to do so. Which is totally different from having a Plan B. Creating a Plan B is basically saying you will never reach the million.

In the example above, my Plan A would look like this:

PLAN A

Create a website and work to reach 1 million readers within 3 years. Write and publish a book about how I achieved this feat upon doing so.

  • If anything under 1 million readers at the 3 year mark, create a 30 minute YouTube video instead stating how I reached that number
  • Etc. etc.

[N.B. I hope you are able to understand the bullshit I am spewing out. It is the best example I could think of in the moment. My writing may not be the best lol.]

Stop creating Plan B’s and start putting all your efforts, determination, positivity and productivity into your Plan A’s. You will see the difference it makes.

Do you create Plan B’s?


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Dave Anthony

Posted by:Dave Anthony

I am a Jamaican born Entrepreneur living in the United States. Adventurous, writer, weird, down to earth. Here I write about interesting stuff that educates, thrills and influences.

6 replies on “If You Create a Plan B; You’re Going to Need It

  1. keep planning. Your article made me think. It may not be what you were trying to relay, but it sounded like the plan b that you came up with was not a plan but a settling if it didn’t turn out. why not try for building legs for example to your example. or if for scenerio sake you do yoga at home if the gym doesn’t work? what do you do when the unexpected happens? I think you are trying to say more. if you touch on this again i’d like to hear about it.

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    1. Plans are important to our life goals. They are like landmarks we create along our life’s path. Sometimes our initial plans (Plan A’s) do get thrown off track and we have to iterate. I used to do Plan B’s too, but I am starting to realize that as mentioned in the article, you are putting doubt in your original idea when you do. However, I understand where you are coming from.

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      1. Crises situations only! We’re on the same page with not changing your destination. You might have to steer your plan but it doesn’t mean you have to completely change it. Good stuff Mr. “the UnSchool” πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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