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In a fast-paced and dynamic world, many are wondering what good is making a plan B since both the "fate" then shuffles the cards and you find yourself starting from scratch to make plans with a new reality and different elements with which to build the trajectory of your life from that moment on. In truth we speak of plans B even in less universal contexts, perhaps at work or when you are organizing a holiday, or a simple evening. Whenever we are planning something or working towards a goal, it is important to know what a plan B is for and to make one.
What is a plan B
Plan B means a plan, a program, a strategy, which is designed for prudence, in the event that the plan A fails. It is a way of saying, with this expression in a broader sense we are going to refer to the need to have the shoulders covered in the event that in the action program that we have in mind does not go smoothly. It can be used in many different contexts, from the most important to the most everyday.
There is talk of plan B for government decisions, war and peace, but also when planning a trip to the mountains and thinking about what to do in case it rains. Having an alternative plan is typical of organized and provident people, and also of anxious people who, however, usually also make plan C and D because you never know. In the collective ideal it is a positive thing, to be managed with balance so that the concern for the B does not take up the energy needed to make it become a success.
What is a plan B for?
It is inherent in us and we begin to ask ourselves the question from an early age "And if it happens that ...?". Initially they are flights of fancy but as we grow up and become more responsible and aware, these hypotheticals in the mind can translate into concern for a present and a future that we cannot control and that can turn the table and face unexpected events. to manage. And here comes the plan B, the spare one, the one that tells us what we plan to do in case plan A encounters a hitch.
On the one hand it can be seen as a negative thing, like a sign of weakness by those who think that their plan is not successful and are already preparing for a second attempt. And instead very often the fact of putting out at least in our mind a plan B it is the sign of the determination we have in wanting to achieve our goal, so much so that we are convinced that we will try and try again until we succeed.
Not only that: it is also typically from pragmatic person and at the same time expert, having an alternative in your pocket ready for use. It is known that hitches exist and hiding your head in a hole like an ostrich, keeping your fingers crossed, does not reward. Better, with balanced attitude, leaving panic out the door, prepare to face unexpected events with a little tactic.
When you need a plan B
The answer seems trivial but that trivial answer you have in mind is not the right one. No, the plan B it is not useful when A fails but immediately. As soon as you are faced with your own business, large or small.
Think about it for a moment and imagine this strategy B as one dumbo feather, a magic card, a secret superpower that we may never unleash but that at the moment makes us feel more serene and act with greater clarity when we carry on the plan A. The B serves to never be used, hopefully, and to lower the performance anxiety that we may have. You prepare it to make that A go well, and then smile at the fact that “we were ready for anything and instead everything went smoothly on the first try”. The certainty of having our shoulders covered makes us stronger, more performing.
How do you design a "Plan B"?
Even if you hope you never have to use it, it needs to be prepared carefully. That's how.
We identify the major criticalities of our business to be carried out or ours plan A and draw up a list of the three most likely. Of the three "what if?" more likely. At this point what to do? A nice schemino, those flow charts that computer scientists like, in which to draw what we intend to do, "in case ...". For example, let's put in the first bubble what is ours goal-program, with two arrows below, one for "everything ok", one with "something goes wrong".
Go to the mountains on the weekend. Hopefully, great, if something goes wrong plan B comes into play. We can prepare 3, one for any possible criticality that we have identified. For example, “if it rains, I'll postpone it to the weekend after and this time I'll clean the house and go shopping so I'm free for the next one”. “If my friends Marco and Giulia have an unforeseen event, I propose it to Daniele and Mirko who always come willingly”. "If I have an unexpected job, I'll postpone it but on Saturday night I go to the cinema with Carmen to see Woody Allen's latest".