If you’ve ever come to a screeching halt with a goal because you encountered a big obstacle, you
know the importance of having an alternate plan. As much as we’d like to hope that things will
always go according to plan, we know better.
Having a “Plan B” for every step of your journey can save you a lot of time, not to mention
frustration! Imagine the difference between feeling immobilized because your path is blocked, or
calmly switching gears and moving to Plan B. It can make or break the fulfillment of your goals.
It’s easy to forget that there are numerous paths leading to any desired outcome. While we might
be attracted to one path over another, ultimately the outcome is the most important thing, right?
In order to ensure stable momentum, take a few minutes to prepare an alternate plan for each part
of your goal. Focus not only on alternate paths to the final goal, but alternate activities for each
of your action steps.
Here is a simple way to identify viable alternate activities: as you review each step, consider the
question, “What would I do if this step or activity was not possible?”
If I didn’t get accepted into a degree program, I could: enroll in non-credit courses to expand
my knowledge of the topic, seek an entry-level position at a related organization, or explore
volunteer opportunities at related organizations.
If my weight loss stalls for more than 4 weeks, I could: increase the intensity of my workouts,
eliminate refined foods from my diet, or increase my water consumption.
List your key action steps and activities below and identify some alternate plans:
Action step or activity: Alternate steps or activities: