I’ve got a question for you - Do you like to have a backup plan? A Plan B?
Often when we set goals, we are venturing into unknown territory, and that can be scary.
So we like to have a Plan B, just in case.
It puts our minds at ease to have an option to fall back on, to cut ourselves some slack.
But here’s the thing - Having a Plan B is detrimental to your success, it’s the kryptonite to your desires!
There’s a saying, “If you want to take the island, you’ve got to burn the boats.”
Why? Because taking the island is scary! And hard! And there’s a good chance you’ll bleed at some point.
But in order to persevere, in order to not give up when the going gets tough,you need to have no other option.
Because when things start to get dicey, the temptation to get back on your boat and set sail to Comfortland is far too great.
You must be ALL IN.
This means that if you want to live the life of your dreams, you must FULLY COMMIT to your goal and ditch the Plan B.
Having a Plan B splits your focus and your energy. It’s one foot in, one foot out. That makes it really hard to go all the way with something, not to mention is a pretty weak beam to send out into the universe.
Because when push comes to shove, Plan B is usually the victor.
Which begs the question, “Why even bother with a Plan A at all??”
I recently discovered I had a Plan B lurking in my brain.
About a year ago I left my full time corporate job to start my own business. I told myself I was all in and I was really going to go for it. And I did, kinda.
Even though it was something I really wanted and I knew I was MEANT to be doing, I was really scared, and really doubtful.
And so naturally, there was a Plan B.
I had skills and experience, I could always go back to the corporate world if things didn’t work out.
So I was in limbo, kinda trying and kinda coasting, I had a backup plan after all.
Then one day I thought, “What if going back to the corporate world WASN’T an option?”
Like a jolt of lightening I sat up and everything became laser focused. I had no other choice. I HAD to make this work. And since then I’ve flung myself full force into my business and haven’t looked back.
Every now and again, usually when I’m supposed to do something I’m afraid to do, a thought creeps back into my brain, telling me that it’s okay if I get a job, lots of people do it.
In these moments I banish these thoughts and recommit to my vision.
In order to change your life and accomplish your goals you must only have a Plan A. Set a goal, set a date, and don’t have any wiggle room.
You MUST meet your goal. There is no other option.
So what is, right now, a goal you can set for yourself?
Write this goal down. This is your ONLY plan.
Feel the force of your commitment and the focus of your energy on this goal. When you have a Plan A, it’s amazing how your perseverance and resourcefulness can come out.
Jump in with both feet and give it your all.
And let me know how it goes.
PS Remember through all of this, to be kind to yourself. You don’t need to be 100% perfect in execution or completion. Sometimes things happen, and that’s okay. Also, I’m not saying to be reckless and irresponsible. Save money for the future, buy car insurance, do your dishes.