Plan B – Pros And Cons

Plan B – Pros And ConsSome may argue that having a Plan B, or even a third plan, Plan C is just a part of good planning practices and they may be right. The thought being that it is good to have a back-up plan or at least a route of egress to escape a situation if needed.

Plan B – Pros And Cons

When it comes to goals, I think it is great to have an A goal, a B goal, and maybe even a C goal… but those goals are focused on the result not the plan or method of achieving them. If you have a Plan B that only gives you another option, in my mind, to NOT achieve your goal.

The truth is that most of us are lazy… including your’s truly, and when it comes down to it, we like the easier routes, or we like to follow the path of least resistance to get to where we are going or want to go. Plan A’s for the most part are usually harder than the backup plan or Plan B so when the going gets tough for the most of us… then guess what we tend to default to?

We throw up our hands in frustration and take the secondary and easier path but the problem with that is that the easier path rarely takes us to where we truly and originally wanted to go to and we end up settling for less.

Having primary, secondary, and tertiary goals is awesome and realistic… but having a plan and backup plans maybe not so much. The truth is that if you have a backup plan, then more than likely THAT is the plan or the path you will ultimately follow.

When I started my life coaching business, there was no Plan B and there still isn’t. Because for me… Plan B would have meant quitting and giving up. Plan B meant going back to “working for the man” and doing something that I probably really did not want to do. There was Plan A and only Plan A, and there is still only Plan A…

If Plan A did not work… and that was a possibility, then fine… But I was fully committed to it and did not consider any other options at all. There was no Plan B, only undesired consequences.

Personally, I believe that most of the time having a Plan B is a cop-out or at best a crutch. Having a Plan B shows just how uncommitted to Plan A you really are.

Go big or go home… play all out and play to win… and the next time you are taking on something big, consider the strategy of having only a Plan A and committing to it and to it alone. If and when it doesn’t work out and there is no way that it will work out, maybe consider another approach and try again…

Another new but different Plan A if you will…

“The best fights are those fought by those without a Plan B.”Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo by Andy Wooten 11 May 2016

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