How often does Plan A happen? Does it lead to disappointment? What if we started looking more favorably at Plan B? How would that affect how we view our current situation?
Here's what that shift in mindset from Plan A to Plan B looks like:
Be Flexible. Things aren't always going to happen the way you planned them to. That doesn't mean that you don't have plans. It just means be willing to respond to situations accordingly. You can't control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to circumstances. In my experience as a coach, one of the greatest assets I've seen in my top clients is the ability to cope. Flexible people cope more effectively.
Be Realistic. This economy forces us to be more creative and innovative with our resources. You may have to extend the time frame on your dreams. Be willing to make sacrifices short-term for what you want long-term. Having idealistic expectations leads to disappointment. Adjusting your expectations based on the context of your situation will help you view life more favorable. Changing your perspective changes everything.
Be Thankful. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, why not be thankful for what you do have? Your attitude is like the rudder of a ship that determines the direction traveled. Even if you are part of the 99%, there's still a lot to be thankful for. Count your family and friends as blessings. There are a lot of people in much worse situations than you are. Honestly, in times of frustration, one of the best things you can do is reach out and help someone in need. What are you thankful for today?
Switching from Plan A to Plan B isn't about settling. It's more of an attitude shift to help you cope with today's challenges. The most successful people deal with failure the best. In fact, they've probably dealt with failure more often because they're willing to face rejection. In my own life, most of the time Plan B worked out much better than Plan A. When you and I focus on the future too much, we fail to enjoy the present. I learned this lesson over time through my wife. She's more flexible, realistic and thankful than me. Are you willing to embrace Plan B?