Backup Plans

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When you have a goal or desire that is important to you, do you ever go into mental overdrive before you see the results? I know I have.

You can go into overdrive in several ways:

  • Thinking about every possible scenario that could go wrong
  • Thinking about solutions for every scenario that could go wrong
  • Anxiety striking, and when your head hits the pillow at night you have one- sentence mental loops like, “I’m not going to have enough money. I’m not going to have enough money”
  • Wavering back and forth between two or three plans of attack to manifest your goal
  • Stewing on the fact that you don’t know how to get the desire; feeling unclear and creating anxiety on “being stuck” or not knowing the next steps

Finally, you create a plan for what you’ll do as a worst-case backup. Now you’re just flat-out worn down and feel mentally beaten up.

If your backup plan doesn’t feel good, don’t count on it. Use a backup plan to soothe you, knowing you at least have a plan. Then make another decision. Make a plan, an intention, for the way you’d like to have it happen.

I have a perfect example of this. Some years back I had a rather large expense pop up that wasn’t planned. The cash wasn’t available, and the due date was looming. I say looming because I had begun to feel tension about not knowing how I was going to pay for it.

My mind searched for the worst-case scenario backup plan. The best I could come up with was to put it on a charge card. I checked in with how it felt. Not ideal, but hey, it’s a worst-case backup plan.

I let the backup plan take away my tension. Then I made the real plan: Attract new cash. Well, there was really no plan for how to do that. I just decided it would be so.

I checked in with my inner guidance and kept receiving the message that the money would arrive. I was going on pure trust because I was seeing no evidence that any new substantial amounts of money would be coming to me.

Then the “hows” began to arrive. I called the company to which I owed the money and asked if they could give me another week. The answer was yes. Cool.

Then I began to take a stand for the value that I bring to my current and future clients. I began speaking differently to inquiries about business. It wasn’t what I was saying but who I was being. It was a not a conscious effort. It just happened. The result was more than enough money.

Two days later the money I needed for the expense showed up—and so much more.

The backup plan was long forgotten by then. If you don’t have a plan, make one up.

Next, decide what you really want.

Then chill out so your best-case plan can unfold.

Do you have a backup plan? If so, let me know about it in the comments below.

 

 

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