A back-up plan is the slightly less fulfilling version of a first choice. We fall back on Plan B when Plan A goes south. There are two schools of thought about back-up plans:
School of Thought 1: Back-Up Plans Are Dangerous
Some discourage creating Plan B because they believe it makes it too easy to give up on a dream should Plan A get challenging—and Plan A always gets challenging at some point. When the going gets rough, you’ll opt-out.
School of Thought 2: Back-Up Plans Have Cringe Energy
If your dream—your Plan A—is compelling and passionate, the thought of having anything less than exactly Plan A will make you cringe so hard that you’ll find a way to get through the challenges.
Not ‘All or Nothing’
The kind of back-up plan I’m talking about isn’t a black/white choice of all or nothing. I’m referring to a second choice that’s less colorful or fulfilling than your first choice. For example, I recently watched Beyonce’ perform at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. I imagine that, all along, Beyonce’s Plan A was to become a powerful entertainer that could stand center stage in front of a packed audience. (She did and it was awesome!)
Her Plan B might have been to perform as a back-up singer; still on stage but not front and center. I’m sure Beyonce’ must have felt the cringe, don’t you think?
Your challenge this week is to find your cringe. Spend some time clarifying what you’ll have to give up or miss out on if you opt-out of your Plan A. If you don’t cringe pretty hard, then reconsider Plan A—it might not be as compelling and passionate as you thought. But, if you feel the grip of that cringe, remember to use its energy when you need help pulling through a challenge.
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