I want to talk about something that’s a bit controversial and a little different from what we hear: it’s about the idea of having a Plan B. If you’ve been in business for some time or have read business, self-health or personal development books, you’ve probably hear about the concept of “burning the ships”.
Burning the Ships
The concept refers to a legend that apparently took place in the 15th century when the Spaniards went to Central America. The story says that the captain of the fleet decided to burn all the ships so the crew and all the soldiers had no chance to retreat and had no other choice but to move forward and fight. Defeat was never an option and retreating back to Europe was never an option either. That created a certain obscene survival situation that they had to win.
From my experience, in every project or venture that I have succeeded, I’ve always had a Plan B in the back of my mind. I think having a Plan B is the smart way to do things. Some people say that having a Plan B means that you subconsciously accept defeat and that your main project will never come to fruition. I strongly disagree with that.
In my personal experience, I think that in any venture you set out to work on, the smartest thing to do is obviously to have a very well thought Plan A. The next best thing to do is having a very well thought out Plan B. The reason why I say that is because there are numerous things that will happen along the way that sometimes you’ll have to re-adapt to what’s happening. For me, this is the number one rule in any business or even life in general.
Always have a contingency plan
In sports, the athlete that can adapt the best to the weather, the time of the day and to anything that’s happening on game day is usually the one that wins the most. Being very rigid in the way you do things and the way you think can actually hurt you.
In my opinion, thinking outside of your current situation or the plan you have right now for your business has massive benefits. For me, it’s very calming, reassuring and it provides me with a lot of safety because in having a Plan B, I always have peace of mind if “things go wrong”.
If you’ve bought into the idea of “never have a plan B”, I would encourage you to think about that for a second. Think of the ramifications that having a Plan B could have. It could have a positive impact on your mind, on the feeling of safety and security.
What I would encourage you to do is to think of a Plan B. Have it in the back of your mind and think of “if this venture crashes tomorrow, what can I do? What is my Plan B?” Spend some time thinking about it. Then once you have that Plan B, put it on the side and focus on plan A, and execute like a madman. In my experience, every time I have a plan B, plan A works much better and faster because I know that whatever happens, I can still make it happen in another way.
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you! 🙂