No, I’m not talking about contraceptives here. Plan B in LIFE. In your relationships, in your job. It’s time to drop your plan B and start living your life!
I always had a “plan”. That “plan” consisted of a detailed back up plan, then I had a back up for that back up plan and so on. It made me feel safe to know that I would always be okay because I predicted my future. Yet I never felt truly fulfilled doing anything. I always got great jobs that paid very well and required little to no effort. What looked like a blessing was really a curse in disguise.
This also applied to my relationships. I used to have Plan B,C,D,E,F – so if my plan A failed, instead of compromising and working it out, I weighted out my other options. If you’ve read my post on the Paradox of Choice, then you’ll know that that will never make you happy or make you feel fulfilled because you’ll always end up thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Let me explain. My previous job included a car allowance, a cellphone line, a weekly base pay plus commission on my sales. I thought, here’s the perfect situation: I get to work 40 hours a week at a job that I HATE which reaps great benefits, pay my bills and work on my actual passion at night. What a beautiful scenario. Not.
If Picasso had a marketing job in the day, and painted at night he would never become Picasso. If Steve Jobs bartended 8 hours a day, he would’ve never created Apple. The reason why people succeed at what they love is because they have NO CHOICE, there is no plan B.
I took the leap of faith, and decided that I no longer wanted to be a slave of the corporate world and left my job, my security and my only real source of income. Instead of wasting time looking for another job I hated, I focused on what I was good at and what I loved. I didn’t know how I was going to make money doing it, but I just knew I loved it and I knew somehow it would turn into profit. Sure enough in just three months, it did!
So here’s a reality check: To succeed at anything in life, you need to give it your ALL. Your 100%. It needs to be what you breathe and eat and live day in and day out.
Before Sylvester Stallone became Rocky, he wanted to be an actor. He wanted it so badly that he refused to get a day job in the meantime. His reason? “I knew that if I got a job I would lose my hunger. Slowly but
surely, I would get into the routine and my dream would fade away”. He was hungry, he was broke and he knew his outcome. Guess what? After thousands of failures, he became Rocky. His movie grossed over $250,000,000 and he has appeared in over 30 films to date.
Stop listening to your parents, the voices in your head that tell you you can’t do it and rise to your full potential. DROP YOUR PLAN B. If you want your Plan A to happen, that is.