Quick thought… I’m the kind of person who is very quick to start working out contingency plans if a dream, goal, task or venture or mine doesn’t seem to be panning out.
When bumps in the road come, my mind spawns a whole range of Plan B‘s, way that I can change tack and either recover what I am doing by going down a different route, or finding an alternative that involves abandoning what I was doing altogether and trying to find a way to recapitalize on the effort and expense I’ve already put into Plan A.
Here’s the thing I’ve realized over the past few days in particular… When you allow yourself to focus on Plan B you:
- distract your attention from Plan A, (and remember that Plan A was what you really wanted in the first place wasn’t it…)
- divert resource from Plan A,
- create a ton stress in your your thinking, because all of a sudden you’ve move from the front foot of conquest and new things to the back foot of defense and repair,
- and if you’re anything like me, because Plan B was conceived in a stressed-out defensive frame of mind, you’ll probably start wondering what to do if Plan B starts to go wonky as well and before you know it you’ve got 50 Plan B’s, 500 Plan C’s, et al…
Here’s the most important thing though. When you start to focus on contingencies and the ever comforting Plan B, BY DEFAULT you lose faith in Plan A. It’s impossible not to… The focus of your faith turns from making this really great exciting thing that you’ve decided to do work to recover from a worst-case scenario… It this really what you want?
It’s hard to really pray for what you originally wanted when your faith has shifted towards a lesser thing.
I hope this has made sense. Cutting off Plan B has actually been quite liberating…