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Should you have Plan B?

#TLDR: Having #planB is considered a good planning strategy, but it helps only under certain circumstances, else it might cause you to give up #planA prematurely!

As with many things in life, we make #plans and we also think of #fallback options or #planB. While having a #planB provides us with psychological comfort, it also chips away at our #determination and #focus on the main plan, our #planA!

There are certain tricks to make your #planB work for you without taking focus away from #planA. This is one of the #PBJAM #behaviors that you can work on while being on our platform. Here is a brief outline.

#burntheships has been a popular strategy of many heroes who decided that having any #planB will distract them from succeeding at #planA. Leaving no other option but the one you are currently working on provides the unique advantage of complete focus laced with fear of failure. In the #modernworkplace, this might manifest as you focusing on being #better at your current responsibilities than chasing other positions or companies. It might also mean getting #better at the skills you are already being recognized for or you are already focusing on.

However, there is always a quiet voice in your head that will caution you that you are putting all your proverbial eggs in one basket. This #vulnerability can be a double-edged sword when it comes to your #confidence. Some of us can get a boost from it while others are prevented from giving their 100% to #planA for the fear of failure.

On the other hand, if you do have #planB, there is always a chance that you may not give your 100% to #planA, because deep down in your mind, you have already accepted that #planA may fail, and #planB is there to support you. Such a mindset can push you towards abandoning your #planA prematurely.

At #PBJAM, we believe the purpose of #planB is not to distract you from #planA, but to free up your mind from the fear of terminal failure. To help with this, we discuss questions like "What would success look like for #planA?", "What will be different when you have achieved your goal?", "What will a failure look like?" and "What will be the path beyond failure?". By #verbalizing and #documenting these thoughts, we take the fear of the unknown away and replace it with #quantifiable outcomes. These quantifications and verbalizations generate #clarity and #confidence while reducing #anxiety and improving focus on #planA.

What has been your experience? Does #planB help you? Have you experienced #failure in #planA when you didn't have #planB? How did you manage? We would love to hear your perspectives and experiences!

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