Are you one of the people that have their Plan A but doesn’t bother with a Plan B or even a Plan C?

I don’t get it. What are you going to do if Plan A doesn’t work out like you planned and falls apart? Am I the only person that feels that having a “backup” plan is a good strategy? Sure we all want Plan A to happen just as we envision it but things can happen – “the best laid plans of mice and men” and all that!

Having just one plan can be dangerous. It’s not “over-cautious” to have your Plan B! Having well thought out options can provide you with the peace of mind and confidence that it takes to be successful in business:

  • It’s probably safe to say that you’re considering multiple options when creating Plan A so while you’re at it make one of those options Plan B. This is the option that is “almost as good” as Plan A but upon analysis, missed the mark for one or two small reasons. These reasons didn’t make it a BAD plan, just one that wasn’t as good as Plan A.
  • Creating Plan B when some there is an existing problem with Plan A can put you in a stressful and even dangerous situation. Time isn’t on your side when Plan A falls through and you may find yourself with your back against the wall. Isn’t it a better strategy to create Plan B when you have the luxury of evaluating your options and thinking them through?
  • Having a Plan B forces you to be realistic and pragmatic. Let’s face it, Plan A can fall apart for reasons that are out of your control therefore having viable alternatives to keep the momentum going, regardless of the situation, is a logical and intelligent strategy.

Having a Plan B doesn’t mean that you aren’t focused and driven to accomplish Plan A. It simply means that you know that things can go wrong and Plan B may very well have to become the new Plan A.