In my readings of late, I have seen time and time again that the most successful business plans are executed as they were originally intended. In each instance, there was a Plan A, but the business that actually made it to market was a Plan B. I have been giving that concept more thought of late and applying it to my personal life. It didn’t take long for my self-reflection to help me see that my life continues to be a succession of Plan Bs, Cs, and Ds with very few Plan As.

The point is that we should all commit to clearly articulated goals and identify a Plan A to get there. As we pursue Plan A, other opportunities will reveal themselves that may very well be, and in all likelihood are, better than our original plan and objective. My personal life, as well as my professional life, is not unveiling as I had planned. It is far better. Call it luck, call it divine intervention, call it great mentorship. I choose to believe nothing happens by accident.

  • I did not attend the college I originally intended…Plan B was far better
  • I did not marry the first girl I thought I would…Plan B was far better
  • I did not pursue the first career to which I set out…Plan B was far better
  • I did not get my first choice in duty stations but once…Plan Bs were always better

…The list goes on…

Thankfully, I am where I am by executing and embracing Plan B, as I pursued Plan A. As they say, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” A corollary might be, “If you know where you want to go, there are many roads that will take you there, so don’t be overly concerned by detours; consult the map and identify a new route, you just might find a better destination in the process.” I have a good idea of where I am going, but my head is on a swivel ready to pursue other opportunities as they enter my field of view.

  • How often do you successfully execute Plan A?
  • How open-minded are you to Plan B?
  • How many times have you found that Plan B was far better than your original plan?