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…it’s not supposed to be like this

How is it that we have a certain mental construct of a situation in our heads and all of a sudden it becomes providence? So much so, as we base decisions on a situation that we have the illusion, will only have a singular outcome. I often refer, in conversations, to playing a constant game of mental chess. This game constantly has me analyzing and re-analyzing situations and mapping potential outcomes – a consistent mental decision tree. This is most annoying, but I cannot help it – I have been doing this since I was a child.

My point is not to assume that your original plan will ever work. Instead, be prepared to rely on contingency planning while setting goals. I had a feverish discussion actually about this, whereas the other person was presuming that I was planning for failure – and this is not the case. Failure is having only one immutable plan for execution and having that plan not come to fruition. There is a popular military saying that no plan survives first contact and a correlating civilian saying that states no plan survives a punch in the face.

Always expect a punch in the face. Assume it will happen and move forward.

…make wise choices,


  1. Tina Rourk
    June 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Great point Stan! I am currently reading – Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why some Thrive… by Jim Collins. The corollary here is productive paranoia whereby great leaders are asking what if because they assume that conditions will change. Collins talks about the 1996 Everest Disaster and how David Brashears avoided it by thinking about and planning for all scenarios. So to your point, not planning for failure but rather planning to prevent failure.

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