No Plan B

Have you been told, “if it doesn’t work out, you can always go back to ……..”?

I have.
Have you listened to this and acted on it in some way?
I have.
After several attempts at different ventures in my life, I have come to wonder if this is helpful advice or misguided information.
Sure it may sound like encouraging support, but in order for me to reach my goal, I need to be focused. To that end, I am not sure that this advice has been all that helpful.
I began to ponder a bit on this while watching the TV Show, The Voice. My mind was deliberating on a statement that had been made, and thus challenging my thoughts.
After a performance one of the judges questioned a contestant about her future plans for her life. When she shared how there was a back up plan in place should she not be successful, he was noticeably disheartened, stating: “Your passion is your Plan, there should not be a plan B”
And so came my AHAH moment…. I began to see what this statement really contained. Any passion, desire or aspiration in life needs to be fed the correct mind food (thoughts) if it is to grow into something.
Passion and desire is fruit produced from a mind receiving healthy thoughts.
Uncover a plan B and this is what it is:
  • A plan B feeds my mind unhealthy thoughts, leading me easily into mediating in the thought pattern of a failed Plan A.
  • A Plan B is a safety net for my thinking! Something which I can too easily fall back on should what I am planning not work out.

My first mistake – I have already accepted that I may fail at Plan A.

Looking back, I can see how this has misguided me, in some cases more seriously than others. And at times, I know I have compromised and as a result forfeited the joy of reaching my goal.
Often it is out of the challenging times that greatness is birthed. My challenge now is to make a plan and not move from it. Oh, and to believe in both the plan and the ability to succeed.
My plan to make my plan A work?
Mediate on good:
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8” (Message Version)
And further to that, God does not have a plan B.  So nor should I.
When a tragedy occurs, God is not caught off guard. He does not have a re-think or design a Plan B. He is all-knowing and all-seeing; no situation is a surprise to Him.
He knows the best plan is…..  Plan A!
Although I may not understand how it will unfold or come together, if I feed my passion and desire with the right thoughts and keep focused….. Plan A will be achieved.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Now to our thoughts, may we share the best with ourselves and discover all we are designed to be.


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