Delete Your “Plan B”

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It’s a fact… most of us have a plan “B” or even a plan “C”.. It’s smart, right?

We’re taught from a young age to be safe.

When I told my Mom I wanted to be a professional baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays.. she said “okay, and in case that doesn’t work out, what are you going to do?”

Mom, if you’re reading this, I love you! Thanks for being amazing and always wanting the best for me!

Now before you start explaining to me why my argument has holes in it.. hear me out.

If something is worth setting a goal for, it’s worth committing to.

Wholeheartedly.

I was not meant to be a baseball player and that’s why I didn’t commit to it.

It didn’t excite me enough..

It didn’t thrill me and get me out of bed in the morning..

The fact that I wasn’t really all that good at it was not and should not have even been a consideration.

Skills can be learned.. time and effort can be expended.

That just takes a decision.

There Is No Shortage Of Excuses

Definitely not.. and there’s also no shortage of people who will tell you that you’re a fool for what you are going after…

You’ll have to protect your vision.

Review it every day and feel the excitement…

Re-write it every day and make it perfect… (this was the most valuable goal-setting tip I ever received)

Make it a point to get around positive people, every day! If doing it in person is tough, listen to audiobooks/podcasts etc.

Read the works of people who have done what you want to do.

Get inspired by possibility thinkers. They’re out there.. you’ll know them when you see them.

Burning Every Bridge Behind You (Deleting Your Plan B)

The best thing a person could do to supercharge success in any direction is to delete the plan B… and I mean BURN it.

Napoleon Hill said in his famous book, Think and Grow Rich, that we should stand by our vision and turn it into a burning desire.. an obsession.

From there we simply need to “Burn All Bridges Behind Us” so that we know there is no retreat… we must succeed.

We will perform when we have to because we know the pain that will come if we don’t…

I used this technique to quit a job I was unhappy in.. it was hard.. I didn’t have the money to do it.. but I reached a breaking point and just decided I was going to change my life..

Now I’m not saying you should go quit your job tomorrow and become an astronaut.. but you could. It all comes down to what works for you and will allow you to keep the required frame of mind.

How you delete your plan B is completely up to you.. :)

Truly amazing things happen when we believe that there isn’t any other option.

So just make sure that you’re completely beyond excited at the vision you have of your future and review it every day..

Stretch until you’re there and have fun along the way!

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65 thoughts on “Delete Your “Plan B”

  1. puremadangel

    I enjoy the positive meaning behind your post (though I cringe at the burning bridges bit) I had been taught to always guard your bridges because sometimes the path you chose can lead to a dead end (at no fault of your own) and its always good to leave bread crumbs to circle your way back.
    I can not stress enough that the meaning and reasons for your blog are what’s so very important. Keeping a positive attitude is so important. And sharing it with others help set the pace of a positive out look. (I know you looking for the but)
    How about instead a different outlook. (I will keep this part simple) if say I wanted to go to the store, I could just get in my car and go. Yet there are possibility that can stop me from achieving that goal if my only plan to get there is my car. (Say the battery died) so now I decided to ride my bike, but it’s got a flat, and no tire pump around cause my kids don’t put things back. So I’m left walking yet I still make it to the store.
    Life is full of obstacles, it makes things interesting, but if you are serious about your goals than no matter the size of the obstacle there’s a pretty good chance you will achieve your goals as long as you remain flexible.
    As a matter of fact sometimes the plan b can help you achieve plan a.
    My 17 year old wants to be a pro wrestler. He has been wrestling for years. Next year he will be in boxing (to help add experience ) yet when I talked about him finishing school and learning a trade for a job he felt discouraged like I wasn’t supporting his vision. But when I explained to him that you can just walk in and wrestle your way to the top (it takes money for fees, costumes and so much more) and that with the trade (carpentry, to build muscles) he would be able to get money to help him achieve his goals. Now he is excited about this plan b that will help guarantee the funding he needs to reach plan a. He is able to count on himself and he like that)
    Of course I have to say as a mother I don’t like the idea of him going for a future of having his head beat in (this is my baby) but I respect his vision (who am I minding , I will worry and stress too my grave, but I won’t be the one standing in his way) .
    Again I say I admire your positive outlook and the fact that you want to share this with others but I just want to remind you this is life it’s best lived full of contingency plans as long as they all help you reach your goal.

    1. analyticalperspective

      I agree with what you are saying, especially when it takes years to figure out what it is you want. I got my B.A. in Communications and realized I didn’t want the options it provided. I got my M.A. in Forensic Psychology because I wanted it and I gained amazing insight, but I realize that I need more education to do what I truly want to do in this field I love. I don’t have the money to get a Ph.D. but I’ll keep pushing forward until I find a way to make the money. On this path I have hit rock bottom-if you read my blog you’ll see just how far I fell…But. I got up…again…and I’m moving forward…again. And my detour includes the Plan B and Plan C stuff. Soon, I’m going to blog about where I am currently in my journey. At present I’m blogging the chapters I have written concerning trauma I sustained and the life lessons my trauma taught me. I’m also writing a novel I hope to e-book so I can make some money and get my Ph.D. but the mundane is sustaining my existence at the moment.

      1. analyticalperspective

        I’ve been thinking. I’m going to summarize and you tell me if I’m right. “Don’t settle.” No matter what I have to do to get to plan A is irrelevant as long as I don’t give up, right?

        1. Andrew Hines Post author

          hmmm.. that’s a good question.. We all have to operate from our ethics and know that we’re adding value in what we’re doing.. but of course, sacrificing might sometimes be necessary. The big thing, which you pointed out, was having a “clear and definite” plan for achieving your goal. If you know what your goal is and know how to get there (by referencing other people who’ve done it).. There’s truly nothing stopping you :)

  2. She Dreams In Teal

    sometimes someone just ‘says what you need to hear’. I think this post brought to mind some decisions I need to make. I would agree sometimes bridges just have to be burned. It’s almost like we get tricked into thinking ‘this bridge could be useful later on’ when it actually leads nowhere or even worse — away from what we are trying to achieve. Great post.

    1. analyticalperspective

      Here is something on burning bridges and this is my perspective:

      “Sometimes burning bridges isn’t a bad thing. It prevents you from going back to a place you should never have been to begin with….”

  3. newtonology

    Good stuff Andrew. I can tell from reading your blog regulary that we are on the same journey; being disturbed about where we are, getting clear about where we wish to go, making a commitment, and taking massive action to get there. Good luck always

  4. mypeachymia

    I absolutely loved this post and your video! This is exactly the situation I am in right now. I burned my bridges, not knowing consciously why I was doing it, and I am flying now with NO NET. I am blogging for the first time, creating a website and following my heart. It is the scariest but most fulfilling time in my life. I am doing what I am passionate about and keeping the “I can nots” out of my head. Every day I tell myself, I can. It is so great to have people out there reminding those of us that are new to this trail, that anything is possible and we are the only ones that get in our way. I have been my worst enemy at times and now I am being my greatest advocate. I love how you explained that if people like you have done it, then it can totally be done by someone like me. We are all made of the same stuff, it’s what we do that defines us!
    Love it!

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Love this comment. You are proof that anyone can make anything they want happen.. there really are no excuses! Thanks for sharing this! :)

      1. mypeachymia

        Thank you for the positive reinforcement! It’s scary as hell. That’s why I keep myself around people with your attitude. I get enough of the comments like, “that is not a real job” and, “maybe you should look for something concrete” all the time. I don’t choose to be influences by “nay sayers” anymore. I want to be around people who break out of the box, who make things happen and make their dreams reality. Maybe it will rub off on me too!

  5. AyB.Blog

    Thank you so much for this wondrous and timely post! I was always one for Plan Bs, Cs and alternate plans. Thank you again…….deleting plan B. A has gotta work!

  6. Winifred M. Reilly

    Inspiring post. I often hear people say really discouraging things, especially to young people who are optimistic about their options. “Oh nobody gets that kind of job” they say. I love to say, “Great. Go for it,” knowing that some people actually do get what they’re reaching for.

    Never thought that the notion of Plan B has a subtle subterfuge to it.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Thanks for sharing Winifred. You pointed out something really important here.. the “realistic” mentality. It’s something to be avoided at all costs… lol. We can completely change our lives and our circumstances in an instant! :)

  7. Michael Mardel

    I’ve found when I’m open to a possibility, I can do it. Everything falls into place. Like I couldn’t imagine moving house, finding a job, finding a girlfriend all in one year. Thanks for the reminder, Andrew.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Definitely, Lesley. We’ve got to put “good stuff” into our minds all the time. It makes such a difference!

  8. OddMachine

    Hey, Thank you for posting this! This was the perfect time for me to come across your page.
    Im currently in India, I’ve been living here for two months and I”’ be here for another four.
    A few days ago i decided I was going to blow the dust off of an idea I had over six months ago and just do it!

    Between now and my decision to start, I was feeling a bit discouraged and was thinking about what if my plan doesn’t work, but I decided at least I would’ve tried. I plan on going at it full-force now with all that I’ve got.

    Separate of that, I plan on being a National Geographic photographer and explorer before 30 and for that I have no plan B.

    This was the perfect thing for me to read.

  9. travelosopher

    Nicely said! I particularly like your well chosen words: commitment, vision, skills. Of course, we live in a state of possibility, even if we don’t see it or them, but making that commitment and developing our skills seems to act like an invitation for possibilities to … well, announce themselves. (I like a little fanfare. :))

  10. welbornjoshua

    Hey Andrew thanks for following my blog man. This entry is something that I needed to read today. I have a vision of being a writer, and reaching people from all walks of life. Right now it is in it’s birthing stage, and it is growing as well.

  11. tanyabeatty

    Well said! This message needs to be out there more often. Your posts really ring true with my path & what I need to hear at the right time. I feel aligned to your messages :) Thank you!

  12. Liz at Human Nature

    My way of looking at it (which is really the same) is that the ‘bridges’ are also a representation of that voice in your head that says “You might fail, so better have another plan”. The fact is that to succeed in your plan A, whatever that may be, you need 100% belief that you can do it. If you feel the need for a back up plan, it shows that you don’t have 100% belief (because if you did, you wouldn’t need a plan B).

    I know from bitter experience that when you want to go after a dream that other people worry about being a difficult or risky option (sports, music, or in my case it was acting), people have a tendency to tell you constantly that you need something ‘to fall back on’. I ignored it and believed in myself for a long time but it eventually got to me and I gave up on that dream. It seemed like everyone else must be right and I lost my belief. Acting isn’t something you can stick at if you don’t believe in yourself. I know that if I had said I wanted to be a lawyer, none of those people would have instructed me to have a plan B.

    I think there is a different way of looking at it, a much more positive one – that whatever your plan A is, even if you end up deciding that your plans have changed, and you are going to aim for something else instead, you don’t have to go backwards. You don’t need your bridges. You’ll have picked up skills and knowledge along the way that might help you to a new plan A. You can always keep moving in a forwards direction.

  13. Franz Fuls

    Love your post, but I strongly disagree about your plan B theory.

    So lets say I’m running this new river, searching for drops to run:

    When I find a waterfall
    – Plan ZERO: run without scouting. You either die or you don’t.
    – Plan A: Scout. It looks safe. then run it
    – Plan B: Scout. Nope, the main line looks like a death trap. But there’s a friendly chicken line on river right. Lets run the chicken line.
    – Plan C: Scout. Looks bad. Portage.

    So say l decide on plan B for a specific drop. Halfway down I get stuck in a nasty hole getting windowshaded. Massive hydraulic keeping me right there, energy tapping out of me fast, experiencing oxygen deprivation.
    – Plan B1: Fight the monster. Surf it. Get out a hero for not pulling the deck, but not enough energy left to complete the trip. Become a liability for my mates. Maybe it doesnt even work, dislocate a shoulder, and take a nasty swim, pray to be rescued.
    – Plan B2. I know I dont have energy to fight the beast. So I pop the deck and take a swim.

    So I go for Plan B.2.
    Oh crap, bad choice. River is pushing me into a styphon…

    Now, assuming I excercised the option of not running this river alone, my buddies now should have a whole pocketful of options on how to save me before I drown, and I know they will work all their options (and even more) to recover me in time, or to recover my corpse.

    Life is full of decision trees and unexpected outcomes. Some scare you, some frighten you, some excite you, some kill you. As a 38 year old that has survived many stupid decisions, my experience is have a plan ZZZ.999.xxivvivxxxxx ready and available if you can. That way an obstable does not become a stopper, but merely an opportunity to change course.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Thanks for the thought-out comment, Franz.

      I think that our views are ultimately the same. If your goal is to get to a certain point on the river, get there no matter what.

      That’s the plan.

      That is plan A.

      How you get there is up to you. You might even have to get out and carry your raft. But if you decide you’re getting there.. get there.

      Of course there are decisions to be made.. probably many you don’t even know of yet. You’ll have to see what happens.

      My analogy of a plan “b” was about changing your goal because things become challenging.

      No one should let the river stop them. It might slow them down.. but it’s up each person to correct and change course as necessary to get to the final destination.

      Thanks for sharing.

  14. pacooper2013

    Couldn’t agree more Andrew. I was brought up on Napoleon Hill, in fact I have all of his original books. I started when I was about 11, so it gave me a great start in life.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      that’s awesome! I was introduced to him a bit later than that but sure am glad I found his works! :)

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  16. Lorie

    Hi Andrew, first want to say I was honored to see that my brand new teeny tiny blog caught your eye, and it made my day to see your name in my inbox this morning.

    Secondly, keep doing what you’re doing. The concept of deleting your plan B is brain blowing, and struck a serious chord. Too many people (in our generation??) have been taught to have that plan B in case school doesn’t work out, they don’t find a job right away, etc. and to me it’s nothing less than tragic to put a situational fall-out at the center of alternative, mediocre goals.

    We’ve all seen people with far fewer tools than ourselves do things we’ve only dreamed of.

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