Plan A by itself is a lot of pressure.
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We all want things. But some things we really want. I really want to be a multi-millionaire. I really want to bed an LA supermodel. I really want to become a public figure. It’s our plan As.
But some of our plan As are especially hard to get. Hopes are crushed every day in the pursuit of dreams that begin slipping further and further away as failures and self-doubts mount up. You probably know some people who have been churned through this gruesome process of dream-killing. I’ve heard many people say, “I really wanted to ______” followed by a heart-wrenching silence that insinuates, “But there’s no point anymore.”
Most high achievers will tell you, “Just keep fighting! You’ll get what you want!” And that can be true. But it’s stressful and painful. I don’t blame people for giving up on their dreams in such a soul-crushing mental environment. Only really strong or really stubborn individuals can make it through so many failures and self-doubts.
This is my solution to winning in life that doesn’t require you to be one of those strong or stubborn individuals:
As a backup, have plan a.
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Plan a is not the same as plan B. Plan B is the second choice you never really wanted. It’s dating that “nice” guy or girl when the whole time you’re eyeing that hottie in homeroom. Plan B is settling. It’s a loss.
No, plan a is just like plan A, just downsized. It’s your first choice but a version with lower risk of failure. It’s dating your best friend who you’ve known for 15 years instead of that hottie in homeroom—still amazing but easier to accomplish.
My plan A for my finances is to become a multi-millionaire, but my plan a is to make enough to live in a 1-bedroom apartment. My plan A for my love life is to marry a 10/10 in personality and looks, but my plan a is to marry my best friend. My plan A for my career is to become a celebrity figure, but my plan a is to become a small-scale internet name—maybe just 1000 fans.
What’s the value of having plan a? Plan a gives you that safety net, so you can pursue plan A without fear. If you know plan a is always there as backup, you don’t need to worry if plan A goes wrong. Either way, you’re always a winner.
What is your plan A, and what is your plan a? Let me know in the comments below.