We have all had a Plan A at some point — that ideal game plan where everything comes together, all of our ducks are in a row, and we are well down …
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We have all had a Plan A at some point — that ideal game plan
where everything comes together, all of our ducks are in a row, and
we are well down the road towards achieving success.
Uh-oh, can you say disruption? How about unexpected events? Or
maybe we can try something as simple as change?
Whether we like it or not, and whether we want to accept it or
not, sometimes Plan A will get deep sixed. Could be our choice as
we recognize the need to change and adapt, make modifications as
necessary, and purposefully fall back on our Plan B.
It’s called contingency planning. Having back-up plans in place
just in case we choose to shift gears or we are forced into making
new decisions based on new information and situations. Some of us
have Plans A, B, C, D, E, and F. We have back-up plans to our
back-up plans. Kind of like having the emergency parachute in case
the primary chute fails.
Disruptions and unexpected events seem commonplace these days.
Economic disruptions, employment issues and challenges, healthcare
change, unexpected home and auto repairs, untimely bills, and many
other unwanted and unnecessary happenings force us to accept a new
direction in life.
Our Plans B, C, D, E, and F could very well be a temporary thing
as we strive to get back to Plan A or we just might find that the
contingency plans have merit and will now become our new and
improved, and permanent Plan A.
Over the past couple of years many people I know are wrestling
with their original Plan A. Many of these folks would be considered
wealthy, established, professional, comfortable, and secure
individuals by most outsiders looking in and by most accepted
standards. However, the economy has forced some into alternate
decisions and directions, while some have gone back to work or
taken on a second and third part time job to pay bills or feel more
comfortable about retirement.
The point is this, planning and preparing is the way to increase
our likelihood of success. But thinking through and developing a
solid contingency plan is like adding insurance that will protect
us long term. Take the time to ask the “what if” type questions.
Have meaningful conversations with your family and friends about
your Plan B and then take the time to commit all of your plans to
Plan B is okay sometimes, and sometimes even better than Plan A.
I would love to share contingency planning ideas through email at
email@example.com and let’s make it a better than good week.
Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former
president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of
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