The power of Plan B

It’s officially the holiday shopping season. Yay, yippee, yahoo. Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Scrooge. I love being able to get the perfect gift for everyone on my list and have no problem exhausting all possibilities to get it. Unfortunately, my holiday spirit and “great ideas” for gifts collide with each other at the last minute. Then it’s off to the races; just full-out frenzy. Ho-ho-ho.
Let me interject here that a dear friend and co-worker has already completed her shopping and everything is wrapped and ready to go. Really? Who does that? Maybe I’m a little envious.
But I digress. So instead of really being able to enjoy the experience; take my time; map out my stops, maybe sip on some hot chocolate and listen to the carolers singing, I will be endlessly circling the parking lot for a space, dodging the pushes and shoves of the madding crowd, trying not to trip over product displays strategically placed in the middle of the aisle, waiting in long lines with others of the same last minute ilk and most likely running from store to store because what I finally decided would be the perfect gift for my nieces has been sold out for three weeks. It’s not that I didn’t start out with a plan, it’s that the plan (under the circumstances) may not work. Time for Plan B.
Plan B is basically “a set of actions for doing or achieving something that you can use when your original plan fails.” It’s a way of re-focusing, changing your approach, being prepared for the unexpected and never giving up. Having a Plan B could make the difference between success and failure; both in business situations and in your personal life. It’s being prepared, not missing a beat and keeping things moving in the right direction. It’s being able to adapt when you’re thrown a curve, not panicking in the face of adversity and controlling your own destiny. It’s about giving you confidence in knowing that all your bases are covered. Sometimes you may even need Plan C, D and E!
In my holiday shopping scenario, my Plan B just might be online shopping. But then, what fun would that be? Just kidding.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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