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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Balancing Plan A and Plan B: Tips for Achieving Your Goals Without Losing Focus

A person is preparing for the TNPSC exam as their Plan A, with the goal of becoming a government servant. However, they also have a Plan B, which involves studying for a B.Ed and becoming a teacher if they are not successful in passing the TNPSC exam.


A scientific study suggests that having a backup plan (i.e., Plan B) can actually decrease the likelihood of achieving Plan A. This is because individuals with a backup plan may not be as fully committed and focused on achieving Plan A as someone who only has that one goal. The presence of a backup plan can create a sense of complacency or reduce the sense of urgency to achieve Plan A.





However, this does not mean that having a backup plan is inherently bad or that individuals should not have alternative paths in mind. It's important to have realistic goals and to assess one's own abilities and potential before committing to a particular plan. If someone sets a goal to become a government servant but does not have the necessary qualifications or skills, they may need to reassess and consider alternative paths to achieve their desired outcome.


That being said, it's also important to remain committed to the original goal and not give up too easily. It's possible to have a backup plan while still maintaining a strong focus on achieving Plan A. If an individual sets a timeframe for achieving Plan A and does not succeed within that timeframe, they can reassess and adjust their plans accordingly. The key is to remain persistent and committed to the goal while also being flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances.


Ultimately, the decision to pursue a backup plan or to solely focus on Plan A depends on individual circumstances and personal preferences. It's important to carefully consider one's own goals and abilities before committing to a particular path, and to remain adaptable and resilient in the face of challenges and setbacks.


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