Is it Time to Embrace Your Plan B?

Plan B - Upside Thinking

As I’ve shared with my clients, always have a Plan B. And what’s interesting about Plan B, C, and D etc., is they ensure you will achieve what you want.

Can you believe we are already 50% of the way through 2018?!?

Plan B - Upside Thinking

Are you where you want to be?

At the end of 2017, I was excited about the beginning of a new year.

I had a full year with the onboarding of new staff and an incredible addition to my coaching team.

Throughout the year, I worked on developing processes – and creating standard operating procedures.

My annual Design Your Destiny Live 3-day leadership event was sold out – and I was over-the-moon ready for the promise of a new year.

Following the guidance of my coaches and one of my mastermind groups, I was laying the foundation for what was to come.

Despite my excitement and Upside attitude, my vision didn’t manifest in the manner in which I had planned it.

In fact, by the end of April, I felt as if the bottom had fallen out on my business and I felt as if I was being punished by God…

…and it just kept getting worse.

The good news is I’ve surrounded myself with some incredibly smart people and things started turning around when I began examining the lessons and joyfully surrendering to what is vs. complaining about my situation and whining about what wasn’t.

This didn’t mean I didn’t need to mourn or grieve, it simply meant it was time to finally pick up the pieces, deal with the present, and get into action.

I’m now over-the-moon delighted with how everything has worked out as I step into an exquisite 2nd half of the year as I’ve signed on new clients and have a few big contracts on the horizon.

All I can say is, “Wow.” and “Thank you, God.” as I am in awe.

As I’ve shared with my clients, always have a Plan B – and yet I stared at Plan A wondering why it hadn’t worked out like I had envisioned for way too long.

What’s interesting about Plan B, C, and D etc., is they ensure you will achieve what you want.

And, great leaders get this.

Leaders who are worth following have a clear vision and destination in mind – and understand they may need to course correct a few times along the way.

They also get that reflecting on the leadership lessons will enable them to make better decisions in the future.

Because I appreciate what math and science offer to my problem-solving capacity, I’m always reading up on ways to be more effective.

According to medical research, the physiological component that ensures your goals will be met can be found in paying attention to your systolic blood pressure.

Neuroscientists show when you plan for obstacles while still envisioning your success, your systolic blood pressure gets a boost and increases your readiness to move into action.

When I stopped to question why Plan A wasn’t working out the way I saw it in my mind’s eye, I lingered a little too long and because I failed to quickly step into my Plan B, I had to regain momentum and in essence, start over.

And, now I get to use this situation in the future as fuel to take action and move into Plan B (or C or D…) a little quicker.

Action Plan B - Lisa Marie Platske

The Upside Challenge of the week is to take a look at your vision and ensure you have a clear Plan B.

See Upside. Be Upside. Live Upside.

People follow the person first, then their great plan.

Be someone worth following.

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