Why You Should Always Have a Plan B That Doesn’t Suck
Guiding Principle Number #8 ~ Always Have a Plan B That Doesn’t Suck.
In life we always have a Plan A. We dream, we imagine, we do everything within our reach to make Plan A work.
We know things do not always go according to plan….
And when they don’t we are left feeling disappointed that things didn’t go the way we anticipated.
This is why you should always have a plan B that doesn’t suck ~ A plan you could even be a little excited about…
For every Plan A, I create I ALWAYS ask myself “what would be the next best thing?”
What would make this not totally suck if things don’t go according to plan?
What Does A Plan B Look Like?
Recently I was in a situation where I found out I might have to move (which in SF is a feat in itself). Because I was tired of moving every year (the past 4 years), I decided my Plan A was to sign my own lease on a place.
I quickly realized that finding the right place, for the right price, and the right person to be my new roommate might not all align by the time my move-out date rolled around. I realized it was time to create my Plan B that doesn’t suck.
I started by asking myself what would be the next best thing?
What other types of living situations sound interesting? What’s something I’ve always wanted to try that I might not have the opportunity to in the future? What opportunities might I be missing because I’m so attached to Plan A?
I realized I’ve always been curious about living in a home with a community of people who shared common values, goals, and lifestyles. It’s common in SF for multiple people who share similar values/interests to live together in a community home or space. It’s something that has always intrigued me and I figured if I was ever going to try it out this was the time.
The more I thought about it the more I felt a tinge of excitement around it.
That’s when I realized this was my Plan B.
Within 2 days on FB I noticed two friends who posted about openings in their community homes in the next month. I still felt excited about the idea and even reached out a friend to ask about availability. He said he thought I’d be a good fit and I should apply.
Right about then I realized if I hadn’t came up with a Plan B I’d be left feeling pretty desperate right about now…
Sometimes we really really really want Plan A to work out. But I still make myself come up with a Plan B because one of the worst feelings in the world is wanting something so bad, not having it work out, and then on top of that NOT having a backup plan in place.
Don’t leave yourself in that position ~ Always come up with a Plan B you’re at least a tiny bit excited about.
Why you should have a Plan B that doesn’t suck
You’re not left desperate if Plan A doesn’t work out
You’re left in a better state of mind with some sense of control to make your next move should Plan A not work out
Life never goes exactly according to plan
You’ll sleep better at night
You’ll learn to be more adaptable and a better decision maker
Having a Plan B opens you up to a realm of possibilities you might not have considered
How to Create Your Plan B
- Ask yourself if Plan A fails what is a second option that I could potentially be excited about moving forward with?
- Did you feel a tinge of excitement? If so, write it down. If not, try again.
- That is your Plan B that doesn’t suck.
When starting a company or new business having a Plan B is critical especially if you’re thinking about raising venture capital. I find that when I create a Plan B (in advance) I feel less stressed and tend to be happier with the overall outcome.
The next time you create a Plan A I challenge you to also create a Plan B that doesn’t suck.