Setting goals is important. It’s a great way to see just where we are situated, and where we would like to be headed. Setting goals helps us to prepare in advance for any potential events or consequences which may be deemed negative to our progression. In my late teenage years I had the exact opposite view, however. Plans never work out the way you had planned so what is the point in having one?
In some ways that could be considered right. There are many factors and elements in life that are beyond our control, as discussed in the article Focusing on others will only lead to ones own demise (You can’t control the wind, so stop trying). Although one thing I have re-learned over time, thanks to what could be considered “trial and error”, in real life experience, is that one of the most important things in life is to Be Prepared.
If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. I don’t know the original source of this quote, but whoever it was hit the nail on the head. It’s true that we all want to succeed. When we start a business venture we want it to be able to meet all of its own running costs, with at least enough surplus to maintain what would be considered our own personal running costs (life expenses such as rent/mortgage, food, electricity etc.) If you can achieve this, then you are operating a successful business.
But what if it all goes wrong? What if everything begins to head in the opposite direction? No matter how fast you run, your tiny little hamster legs just can’t keep that wheel spinning. What do you do in this case?
Well my answer is: You should be able to tell me.
What many people do not consider (previously myself included) is that when embarking on any enterprise, whether it be a business, entering into a personal relationship or undertaking a project of any description; You need to have an exit strategy.
An exit strategy is vital, before you begin.
This is probably the most important element of any endeavour. You need to know exactly what you are going to do if the worst were ever to happen. Most people can tell you in immense detail how they will expand their business/company/family/career, in the event of success. They will tell you how many employees will be working in how many stores that have opened in how many cities in how many states.
But nobody seems to be able to tell you what they would do if the worst happened and they had to close the doors. Nobody can tell you what they will do with themselves, if they were to have a relationship breakdown.
My theory is that we do not wish to focus on the potentially negative side of the equation. I guess it may be borne from our ancient spiritual roots, avoiding the thought so as not to “awaken the spirit” of negative energy and stir it up. We don’t want to curse ourselves before we begin, so we act as though it’s not there. After all we need to be confident, and show that we are confident in order for people to have confidence in us.
Tackle your weakness.
This logic, however, is detrimental to the successful operation of any quest. It’s like a football team (Rugby League is what we call football in my neck of the woods. GIDDY UP COWBOYS 2015 PREMIERS! YEWWWW!), sorry where was I? It’s like a football team not practicing defense, because they don’t want the opposition to score against them. It’s like a golfer not wanting to learn how to chip out of the bunker because he/she doesn’t want the ball to go in there. At any given point, these scenarios, although obviously not ideal, will inevitably occur. They must be dealt with head on.
Hopefully this short article has provided you with some insight to the importance of being prepared, planning ahead, and demonstrated how absolutely vital it is to have an exit strategy before you embark on any endeavour in life. You might not be able to control the wind, but you can control what you will do if it starts to get windy.