Jack: ‘’I decided to quit my job to pursue my dream and to start my own business’’.
Peter: ‘’Congratulations!! But isn’t this a risky decision? And what are you going to do if it didn’t work out?’’
Jack: ‘’I believe I considered everything, and I also have a Plan B’’.
And as soon as Jack announced that he has a Plan, he did not recognize that he just made his first step towards failing in his dream or, in other words, his business idea.
Having a plan B in some life situations is helpful and amazing, but in other situations like the one above, it can backfire.
As an example, when you are searching for a place to have dinner, a place to travel to on vacation, or even if you are working at a company, and you need to make a hard decision which might have severe consequences on the company’s future, then ‘’plan B’’ might be a good idea.
But in an example like the one shown above, the so-called ‘’Plan B’’ works as a disadvantage more than an advantage.
Simple, because as soon as you know that you have another option and the going gets tough (and it will), you will not fight to keep plan ”A” alive, and you will simply turn to plan B and drop your dream. This is because of our natural inclination to take the easy road.
Have you ever passed through a situation where you took the easy road or plan B, instead of being persistent and insisting on achieving your dream?
I can assume that almost every one of us passed through a life-defining moment where he did not fight for Plan A and switched to plan B only because it’s the easier, faster, and maybe a guaranteed option.
In contrast, if you believed in yourself, stopped expecting the worse to happen as well as stopped looking at the dark, pessimistic side of it, and invested your time in getting your idea to work instead of thinking about Plan B, your brain will eventually find ways to get your main plan working. Even more, you will give your brain a signal that you expect no other options and nothing else but success.
Let me give you an example. Ever wondered why some people achieved great success and became celebrities even though they were financially broke and had very humble beginnings? If you checked their autobiographies, you would see a common pattern. Due to their life circumstances, they were not allowed lots of options, so they had to go only after one plan.
And for most of them, it was only one chance to survive, so they directed all their efforts and mental power to grab this chance and never let it go.
Ever heard about the famous ‘‘Rocky’’ movie series? Millions of people know Rocky Balboa and Sylvester Stallone, but very few know the inspiring story behind both.
Stallone was born paralyzed in the lower left part of his face, including parts of his lips, tongue, and chin. As a result of this, his speech had not the perfect diction you would expect from an actor. In the mid-1970s, he went to New York to pursue his dream of being an actor, but he found nothing but closed doors. He was broke, so he had to sleep for three weeks at the New Jersey bus terminal. He even sold his beloved dog and ‘’best friend’’ for 25$ to survive.
One day, while watching a Muhammad Ali match, he got an idea for a screenplay. He worked on it without sleeping for a whole weekend, and after three days of work, the script was ready. One of the first offers he got were $125,000 for the movie rights, but the producers didn’t want him to act in it. But this wasn’t his dream, so he rejected and walked away. He dared to refuse such an offer, even if he was so broke. After a few weeks, they offered $350,000, but he refused again. Eventually, they accepted to let him act in the movie, but with a very low salary for a leading role, only $35,000.
After earning his first money, he tracked down the person he sold the dog to, and bought back his best friend, spending $15,000. The dog also starred in the movie; you can see him in the famous scene with Rocky running up the stairs.
Rocky movie went to be one of the most successful movies of all time and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay nominations for Stallone. The film went on to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Film Editing.
In Rocky 6, Rocky Balboa (Stallone) said to his son one of the most inspirational quotes about winning and pursuing dreams. He told him: ”the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!.”
Now, tell me how much are you willing to take the hits until you reach your dream?