Plan B – The need of the day

Life, as we all know, is an enigma in many ways. There are views and counter views on the tussle between Plan A and Plan B. Many researchers laid out that having a Plan B, actually clips the wings and determination to succeed in Plan A. Many contemplate, having a Plan B in place makes you a better enabler. Let us mull over the pragmatism of having a Plan B.

Is everything guaranteed in life?
- A fairy tale marriage, a life without accidents, economic stability, technological sustainability

Well, I am sure the answer is a big NO!

A world prior to borderless trade flow had fewer opportunities, less migration, and minimal technology. We are living in a world of stifling competition in all domains and skewed uncertainties. The supply and demand graph may become distorted due to unavoidable and uncontrollable events. Did anyone ever imagine what is happening throughout the world due to COVID 19? Did Italy, the USA, or Spain ever envisage such a catastrophe- their economy muscle being stout so far? The very seed of Plan B is planted to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. In the world of business, where entrepreneurs struggle out the risks and opportunities on a daily basis to succeed, some may view Plan B as boulevard to failure- a self-defeating endeavor; a lurking fear of failure.

Let us see Plan B with a hypermetropia vision. Plan B lays out a green pasture when dark clouds roar over life or business, provided it is crafted in a strategic, meaning full manner. Plan B should never be considered only as a ventilator for a business in an ICU, but works in conjunction with Plan A and helps to sustain and reinforce the vision set.

A contingency plan to fall back on

Plan B is not a quick fix method like an antibiotic for a common cold which actually doesn’t have an effect on the virus, rather weakens the immunity system. It is neither a reproductive pill taken as a reactive measure to avoid unwanted reproduction. It is an ideal strategy, built after considerable reflection on the projectable probabilities, strengths, weaknesses, and resources in life and business as well. It consists of multiple sub-plans, if I may say Plan C, Plan D to decrease the disastrous effects of formidable contingencies.

I am quite confident to say, it helps keep a lot of anxiety at bay. God forbid! if Plan A boat rocks against the high tide, then having Plan B minimizes devastating feelings, feeling of being lost and forlorn, feeling of the monstrous future. It helps provide a shock absorber to the mental anguish and assists in visioning the road ahead. It helps keep business organizations in a sustainable mode and ensure continuity with relatively less damage.

Do I sound like a pessimist?

Ponder upon, you will realize, it’s simply sensible and practical. Plan B rather is incongruous to the belief that it is a product of a weak heart. It fortifies confidence and determination. When there is a Plan B, very constructive attention can be converged on Plan A to be successful coz the mind can be calmer and less perturbed about failure or vulnerability in life or business.

Here’s a toast for well thought of Plan B!

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