Inspiration, Lifestyle

Do you really need a Plan B?

About today’s title, I’ve often pondered on it. Like, does one always need a plan B? You know, like not putting all your eggs in one basket just incase of incasity. (Please don’t look up that word in the dictionary. It doesn’t exist. Lol). Some researchers and human psychologists say having a plan B makes you not to be very committed to your original plan to see it through so there’s this bit of hesitancy just because there’s another plan. We all know the importance of commitment in anything we do.

On the other hand, another group suggests that having a plan B is like having a contingency plan. Because sometimes life doesn’t always happen as planned. With a plan B, you have something to fall to when the unforeseen and uncontrollable force happens. This is equally logically right too I must say. However, to weigh in on this properly, Let me highlight some pros and cons of having a plan B so you can answer the title question yourself as we discuss further in the comments.

PROS of having a plan B:

  • It gives you alternatives:
    By having a plan B, you have another option or options as the case may be. There’s something to hold on to, should your plan A not work. Take for example, a worker who devotes all his time at work. It is true most jobs give security but not all and not always. It is therefore somewhat necessary to hone a skill by the side should there be need to take it up anytime.

  • It encourages diversity:
    With a plan B, you don’t feel limited or stuck within a peripheral. You’re likely to be a lateral thinker with the ability to adapt in variety of situations. Your mind will be stimulated from life outside the box and you’re not overly consumed from plan A.

  • It gives you confidence:
    Having a plan B gives you some kind of reassurance/confidence that you will be able to move forward even if your initial goal didn’t work. For example, if you planned to study medicine and you didn’t make the cut-off mark your college requires for admission, you can at least take up nursing or pharmacy, since they’re all in the medicine/biological sciences. You can always adapt/re-route with a plan B.

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Ok, So Let’s look at some of the CONS of having a plan B:

Even though most of us would agree to having a back-up plan as events never always happen as expected, and therefore it becomes necessary to prepare for contingencies, However, new research shows that having a plan B might hurt your chances of success. How? you may probably be wondering. Let me highlight some:

  • You see, life isn’t a dress-rehearsal. Planning for failure gives you permission to fail. You believe whatever you tell yourself about the universe and your potentials. And so you have to remind yourself that you CAN and you WILL succeed. No settling, no limiting beliefs, no mediocre talks. What plan B does is demotivate you. You become short-charged of all the energy, commitment and focus you need to make your primary goal work. A successful outcome occurs when you plan for success. Like the military would say, “No retreat, no surrender”. You only have to move forward. We need to focus on getting things right instead of sabotaging the outcome and decreasing our interest by having another plan.
  • You might say, being too sure of yourself can jinx things. But what does being too biased about achieving your primary goal or even having another plan do? You guessed right. Plan A is your passion. All you’ve wanted. And so you should invest a lot of emotions and energy to it to make it work no matter what. If you liked plan B so much, why is it in second place? The danger of plan B is having an unenthusiastic work ethic. Now, who wants to work this way? Nah I bet you don’t. When you know you have a contingency plan, your subconscious tends to dictate how much effort you put into your initial plan and this tends to lead to failure.
  • Having a plan B makes you accept failure/rejection easily just because you know you have something else to work on. The thing is, life is going to throw you a lot of lemons. Your ideas might be rejected and you may momentarily fail as you work on achieving that primary goal of yours. Should you throw that idea away and begin to work on another just because of rejection? I don’t think so. But you can improve and modify your ideas and put all your attention into nurturing it to success. That’s all you wanted and you can give it your ALL to make it work. With a single plan, you have a lot of hard work to do, a lot of things (skills) to learn, personal/professional plus a lot of hurdles to cross.

If you have a plan B, you might as well have a plan C and D and E, even a K. A plan B is the Opt-out plan when plan A seems too difficult. As humans that we are, we often like to follow the path of least resistance so most likely, we end up in planB because it seems a lot easier than PlanA.

Some may argue that having a plan B is right just so one can have an escape route from an awful situation if need be and I think it’s okay. It’s a safety-net. (Because we fear failure). But the fear of failure should push one to go all out or go home. To also play to win.

But There’s so much uncertainty in life. Life doesn’t always go as planned. Therefore, we should prepare for the unknown, and come up with creative solutions and be able to adapt, should there be unforeseen occurrences.

Now this is where I pass you the mic. Do you really need a plan B? What are your thoughts?

💕
Jessica Hugo.

 

 

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40 thoughts on “Do you really need a Plan B?”

  1. Great article! I believe you do not always need a plan B. If you have a dream you are passionate about then work until you make it happen! No one will do it for you, nothing comes easy and if you want anything in life you have to work your butt off to get it. You can’t just quit and say forget it when things get hard.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. My mom always recommends me to have a plan B and I have never listened to her. I don’t know the reason but personally speaking, I would rather invest my time in making plan A better than making a whole new plan B. Maybe she is right or she is just worried.

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    1. Shubham, I can relate with your point. Like putting all your eggs (investing your whole time in plan A) in one big basket. And seeing that you live your true passion and dream instead of settling.
      I can also see from your mom’s point of view. You know, that “What if” moment.
      No one sets on a journey to fail but hey life happens sometimes and that’s why she’s worried you need to get right back up perhaps by having an escape plan. Either ways, you decide what becomes of your dreams.

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  3. This is such a good post-Jessica!
    In some projects, I decide not to have a plan B for all the reasons you just mentioned
    But I do recommend a plan B for some things like a business deal or plan

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    1. Thankyou N’graffi for your comment. Sometimes plan B isn’t necessary or maybe it should low-key be existing in your mind without paying attention to that existence. This perhaps will help with focus & commitment. “The all or nothing approach.”
      People argue back and forth on having a plan B in business deals and although most researchers/psychologists would say it affects your efforts and your main goal should be plan A, I personally would want to keep my risks minimal. I can’t shout.

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  4. Such an interesting question and difficult question to answer. I believe this because if you have a desire / passion it may not be in line with Gods plan for your life and in actual fact what you thought was your plan B may actually be your plan A

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  5. Great article. It’s good to have plan B. Do we really need it? Not necessarily. Sometimes the best creative solution is the one that you make up on the spot.

    Life doesn’t always go as planned. You can have a plan B, but sometimes you need to go through the whole alphabet to make things work when life decides to throw you a curve ball.

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    1. Perhaps life has a way of taking you back to the original plan. Maybe there’s no escape route after all. Maybe there was never a plan B or C or X. (Fantasies) You just end up in life’s original plan. Plan A!!!

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  6. You bring up some great points here. I think you should have a Plan B but make it one you’re not too happy about lol. For example, I am pursuing my Plan A right now by blogging and freelancing full-time. My Plan B is to go back to working an office job in PR or Marketing, which I DON’T want to do. So I basically scare myself into making Plan A work because I really don’t want to have to go to Plan B! Haha

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    1. Apparently Nicole, you just made a room to accommodate something you don’t want and aren’t too happy about. Isn’t that going to jeopardize the one you really want? Maybe if you decide to put all your energy into what you really do want, then you may be getting exactly that.
      You know, this thing about plan A and B is just all in the head. Go after what you really want and make it happen.

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  7. Interesting topic, I have never looked at it this way. My parents taught me to always have plan B. But I am not sure I have listened. It has brought good and bad things.

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  8. I think having a plan B can be helpful to be more risk-taking and reaching for stars. If we only make decisions that are risk-free than life can be less adventurous.
    I like looking at the worst-case scenario: what is the worst thing that could happen if plan A fails? Often the worst thing isn’t that bad, so go for it.

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  9. Very valid thoughts Tatiana, making decisions that are risk-free sure makes life unadventurous. And weighing the worst-case scenario really helps build your motivation to go all out and go for it or not.

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  10. This is a great article! I was just thinking this last night about myself. Always planning for “Plan B” and the result, well I feel like a failure when it comes to my career. I’ve worked hard, earned my degrees, put forth good effort and not a whole lot to show for it. I think you might be right. I need to focus more on Plan A and make it a reality.

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  11. I never thought about plan b in this way. Thanks for opening up my mind to the fact that maybe I am giving myself an escape route. My mom always told me to have a plan b because life happens, but you have given me a different perspective.

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  12. Thank you for this really good blog-post. I laughed a lot about your wording. I gave up all “Plan B”´s because it let me feel like a split personality, “trying ” to do this or that (Plan B as an excuse for not going for my real purpose, talents, etc.), but on the other side really really wanting to do something else (Plan A).

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    1. That’s the point Andreas, with the thoughts of plan B constantly flashing through your mind, it might take away the resilience you need to achieve your initial plan. Which is what you really desire. But then again, life happens sometimes, and your next best choice might be your back-up plan.
      Plan A, plan B or even plan W is all in the head. Just go all out for what you do really want and trust the process.

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