We are always in the process of planning things a lot. We plan our holidays, projects, parties, marriages, retirement, and many more things. But what if our plan does not work? Everyone agrees to the Universal Truth when someone says, “Nothing goes as planned.” and there are two big reasons for it. First one is the fact that the universe is no respecter of your plans. Not everyone you meet will agree to your plan or will encourage you to do something which you are determined to do. There will be people who will kick your rear back and keep disrupting all your hopes and expectations. This is something that people have been believing for centuries and its best summed up by the writing of 17th-century Prussian General, Helmuth von Moltke “No plan survives contact with the enemy.”
The second reason for our plans failing is that “We believe in our plan.” We put so much of work into the planning process, that we start to believe our plan even before the execution. This has been one of the reasons that most of us fail because we only think that if it works for us then it will work for everyone as well. What we never think is that every mind does not work the same way and not everyone will like what we do.
So, what do we do now? Not plan anything at all? Or should we just create plans in the hope they are as good as they can be, and then resign ourselves pro-actively by doubting ourselves and disbelieving those plans? Nope! We’ll do something better. We will have a failure plan. It’s always good to have a failure plan in such a way that it will control the losses and give us equal (or maybe more) success as the actual plan was supposed to give.
I’ll give a small example here: A couple of years back, two of my uncles (Mike and Harry) had applied for a work visa abroad. The application was rejected. Both felt bad. Uncle Mike said, “I’ll never give up!” and reapplied for the visa. Uncle Harry moved on and made some real estate investments and is well-to-do today. He has his own apartment and owns two gymnasiums and banquets in the city. Uncle Mike is still applying for the visa and keeps failing.
There are two things that I’ve learned from Uncle Mike and Harry. The first thing was the importance of having a failure plan. The second thing about not being stagnant anywhere. It’s healthy to move on and find something better to do in life if you keep failing at one thing. If you’re giving it another try, then analyze your mistakes and areas of improvement and work on them before making another attempt.
What follows is a list of some simple things you can implement in your everyday life for a better future: –
Have a Goal
Every plan is a waste of time and energy if you do not have a goal in life. Find what you want in life and get committed to it. It’s a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and to motivate yourself to turn your vision of this future into a reality. By knowing precisely what you want in life you know where you must concentrate your efforts. Not only that but you’ll quickly spot all the distractions that can lead you astray. Also, the Goal that we have in life is built on what we do now. We just need to make sure that we’re moving one step close to the goal every day. Understanding the importance of having a goal and knowing how to set goals for yourself is crucial to accomplishing great things in your life.
Do Not Quit. Take a Break instead
We are all humans and humans are designed in a way wherein we’re bound to feel tired and frustrated at times. If you’ve been working long enough, you’re bound to experience some lows and feel less interested in work. It’s at the same time that you should take a break. If you’re doing it right, you will bounce back and find a renewed vigor for what you’re doing.
Accept Your Mistakes
Making mistakes is a part of life. Very fewer people have that courage to own up their mistakes and not play the blame game. Taking responsibility for our mistakes is not only a trait of a successful person but it is also a great way to learn and avoid doing the same thing again. Sometimes mistakes get more serious and complicated. It may as well take us longer to learn from them and change our ways. The most important thing in these instances is to learn how to accept what has happened and move on, rather than cry over the past.
Trust Your Instinct
Your intuition is shaped up by all your past experiences, and your existing knowledge which you gained from them. It’s like a web of facts and feelings within your body. The more experienced you are, the wiser decisions you will be able to make through your own intuitions.
Talk to People
Let like-minded people know about your plans and be ready to listen to what inputs they give you. You will discover a lot more things that can be done. Also, they will help you be aware of more areas which according to them might lead to failure. They will give you honest feedback about your areas of improvement and things you need to work on.
Be Open to Criticism
Understand the fact that criticism is an opportunity to learn. As I said above, not everyone will have the same opinion about things you’re about to do. Be open to criticism and you will be able to accept negative feedback about yourself or your work without giving out an emotional response. The more you open yourself to this criticism, the more you can use it to enhance your performance in areas that you agree need improvement.
Last and most importantly, have a Plan
And it’s not just a success plan because we still don’t know if things will work as we want them to work or not. So, have a failure plan as well wherein you’ll know what needs to be done if things don’t go as planned. According to a study by Entrepreneur.com, more than 90% of people quit because they don’t know what they need to do after they fail. Planning for failure does not make you negative or paranoid. It makes you smart. Moreover, there is a huge difference between planning for failure and thinking that you’re going to fail. No one wants to face the dreaded “Failure” Tag, but even the most successful people have experienced their share. It’s a part of the game. And, you never know! It might serve as the foundation for something far bigger and better.