In the words of Marilyn Monroe, “People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

Marilyn was one wise cookie.


With her words in mind, imagine this. There’s a Plan A and a Plan B.

You all ultimately want Plan A to pull off, but what if, unbeknown to you, Plan B (or even C or D) is actually your Plan A but you just don’t realise it?

What if the Universe, Shakti, God, Divine Order or your Higher Self (whatever your jive) actually knows what is best for you and is working consistently to guide you on that path?


What if planning for the worst is your biggest blessing in disguise?

… What if?


To reach your goals, you need a potent mix of positivity, determination and indignant belief in your dream. But there’s another important factor we don’t tend to talk about in our culture, which honours pushing and striving.

There will bumps and there will be curves along the way. There will be obstacles, interruptions and downright inconveniences that will have you huffing and puffing, questioning the rhyme and reason to it all.


Contrary to popular conversation, preparing for success also involves preparing for failure. If Plan A doesn’t work (which it very well may not), what will you do? Giving the question some considered thought can make all the difference if the road needs to veer another direction – a direction which will likely take you on the scenic route to your desired dreams and goals anyway, even if it doesn’t look and feel like it at the time.

Preparing for the worst can actually lessen your fear of the unknown and the worry of unforeseen change, and help build resilience and flexibility – because let’s face it, the ‘plan’ will go pear-shaped at one time or another.

So here’s a life hack. To reach your desired goals in this life, perhaps start planning for the worst.


Ask yourself:

If I don’t get the job, what will I do?

If he or she isn’t the one, where will I go?

If the business idea doesn’t work, what are my options?

If trip is a disaster, then what?

If dislike what I have to say, what’s the worst that could happen?

And is Plan B (C or D) really that bad?

Another clever brain once said, “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised” – Denis Waitley.

We’re starting to think Marilyn and Denis might be right.


What do you think? Can planning for the worst be a blessing in disguise? We would love to hear your stories.

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