Safety Nets and Backup Plans

Plan BIntelligent decision making requires the use of all weapons in our arsenal. Careless decision making is far easier. Except for a situation that is of so little importance that anything works, or is so simple nothing fails, the route to a less than a stupid decision must always follow a critical path to a goal. You can’t fix stupid, so where do you go next? A successful outcome comes from a carefully chosen sticky methodology that forces us to go from a starting point and end with an inescapable completion of the mission. The path to career success depends on choices at the beginning and dealing with pop-up obstacles. Deviations happen because the distance between two points is only a straight line in geometry books.

“I have a Plan B” is what people say to others when they want to convince others there are available alternatives. The transparency of this threat becomes obvious when a lack of action pokes holes in reality.

“I have a Plan B” is what people say to themselves when they want to convince themselves that somewhere there is a better way. Failing to muster up the courage to do anything differently shows it wasn’t a plan after all.

“I have a Plan B” is what thinking people think when they want to want to sit down and consciously examine the current situation, evaluate their goals, and plot a new course. Reason prevails over emotions for those who are not risk-averse.

“I have a Plan B” is what confident people know when they actively go after their goals and find a way to arrive where they are supposed to be. There is no pay if you don’t play.

Passive voices are pushovers for procrastination. No amount of sitting around can move us toward where we ought to go. It should be intuitively obvious that risk-takers will get there while others fail. Wire walkers who stop mid-course will fall into an abyss or a net. If only we could remember to build that net.

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