Why not, you ask? Because the last thing I need is a safe exit from what I really want to accomplish.
Plan B gives me an out. Therefore it needs to be avoided.
Sadly, this is not the kind of stuff that’s taught in school. It rarely comes up because it’s the route that most often takes us out of our comfort zones, with barriers and challenges of every sort, and is therefore to be avoided.
I know. In the past I’ve followed that route too many times. I wish I’d pursued more of my dreams, but failed to do so. There was always some kind of excuse, invariably fear-based. Those I did follow, turned out. You commit to it, you follow the strategies and tactics, and not only do you reach the finish line, but enjoy the journey – and you learn from the experience. That’s my take in a number of situations, like successful marathons.
So what’s this to do with writing? It’s too easy to take the easy way out. I can’t tell you the number of times I only went so far in the essays I had to write, the reports I had to complete. I could have done more. I could have aimed higher. It wasn’t until I was well into my writing career that I really applied myself; that I realized what I could accomplish.
The interesting part is that we’re not competing against anyone except ourselves. And there’s the issue. It’s you against you. In that contest, Plan B wins far too often.