Monday, December 19, 2011

I Dare You...

"I need a backup plan ... just in case I fail."

That way of thinking guarantees you won't make it. I achieved the most success when I had nothing left to "fall back on." This type of desperation created a focus for me that would've been unattainable if a safety net waited below. When I had no other options, I took action I never would've taken. The backup plan would've taken away all need to achieve.

Not having a safety net was a bit scary, but it awakened survival instincts inside me I never knew existed. It's counterintuitive, I know, to create a plan of action without having a backdoor, "just in case..." Trust that you'll respond with detailed precision you didn't know lived inside.

Before making this type of commitment, you first must totally commit to the process in front of you. Getting bogged down in "what-if's" will kill all action. Becoming immersed in the excitement of the journey will free you from worry.

Backup plans eventually become your 'now plan.' Wanting to achieve isn't enough. As prior posts have repeated... "You must want success as much as you want to breathe." There must be a willingness to sacrifice all that gets in your way of attainment. Failure is never an option. When you create a backup plan, failure not only becomes a possibility, but it also becomes a probability.

Risk it. Dive off the cliff, not knowing how you'll survive the fall. Develop a plan of action on the way down, knowing you'll land successfully.


Annie, The Amazing Shrinking Girl said...

Hey Dayne!
It's been a while since I commented on your post but just know that each one helps me with my goals/motivation.

I had to comment on this post because this is something I do... A LOT!

Thanks for the reminder that if I have a plan to fail (ie. have a backup plan) I will fail.

Keep up the awesome posts!

Dayne Gingrich said...

Thx, Annie! Im glad you DID reply. Hope you're doing well!

Rettakat said...

"Before making this type of commitment, you first must totally commit to the process in front of you."

For years I've heard the advice "count the cost" before starting a thing. But until I read this, I don't think I connected it to the part about having a back up plan.

Now... I'm thinking that people jump in too fast, thinking oh well, I can always... with a back up plan. They don't really count the cost first, and decide to be fully committed. So, it kind of bleeds away what is needed to be totally committed to the process ahead.

Again.. you got me thinking. :-)