Backup Plan – Why You Don’t Need one!
When considering whether or not you should have a backup plan, this famous movie quote springs to mind:
I don’t have a plan “B” just different ways to make plan “A” work – The Godfather
When making a decision about changing your career path, you often bump into someone who will ask you about a backup plan. Let’s take a few moments to actually find out what people mean when they ask this question.
You’ve just spilt your heart out to this person about your dream, and their first response is ‘what if your plan doesn’t work out’, and it’s probably because they really care about you, but if they care that much, surely your happiness is worth way more than ‘it may not work’.
I’m not saying you need to delete these people from your Facebook or you need to stop seeing these people. This is how we’ve been brought up to think. The idea of fear. The fear of the unknown . What you don’t know is scary, and you’re probably a little anxious and worried too. Some extra support is what you need from your friends and family, not people telling you about a backup plan.
Before we go any further I’d like to go over a couple of points:
- Do your research. If you’ve decided to follow your dream, study it so that people can see you know what you’re talking about. You may have a dream that you want to write a book and if you haven’t found out the steps to achieving this, people will question you creating self-doubt and causing you to have a back-up plan, so make sure you become a pro and keep learning about your chosen field.
- Communicate with your loved ones. If they keep telling you about a backup plan and it’s making you doubt yourself, talk to them and tell them you need your support. Maybe they don’t realise how much this actually means to you. A little bit of communication goes a long way.
If you’re feeling down and doubting yourself, this is actually a great feeling to have! These feelings are the building blocks to follow your dream. Use this emotion as power, to reinforce how badly you want this. This is your chance to shine. If at first you are swayed by their way of thinking, to get a back up plan and if all fails just settle, then you need to hit the books again and make sure that you believe in yourself. Once you master that, then you can face this situation again. Reinforce your belief.
Ways to reinforce your belief:
- Do you really want a back up plan to follow a career in a field you have no interest in? E.g. a finance role when you’re a talented musician? And not just for a year or two, probably a good percentage of your life. Try to stick to the deadlines you set yourself. If you’ve set a goal for being financially able to start your music career in 2 years, stick to those 2 years, don’t settle.
- It may be scary at first but just think, if you knew someone was throwing you a surprise party, would it actually be more fun than not knowing? Not knowing is a part of the journey, embrace it.
- When a plan doesn’t go as expected, change the plan not the goal.
- Surround yourself with people with similar goals. You will hear this a lot. Join online communities, go to workshops, go to seminars, network.
Most importantly, always believe in yourself.
Stay Inspired. Stay Laughing. Hy-Power