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.

Life Plan

In life we always have a Plan A. We dream, we imagine, we do everything within our reach to make Plan A work.

Reality

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.

Plan B

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

  1. Ask yourself if Plan A fails what is a second option that I could potentially be excited about moving forward with?
  2. Did you feel a tinge of excitement? If so, write it down. If not, try again.
  3. Repeat.
  4. 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.