Inevitability Thinking Wins

When deciding on your plan of action it is vital to set yourself up to succeed. All too many people set ambitious goals and develop detailed plans to achieve them, only to find that the plans do not lead to the goal. It’s a bit like deciding to drive from London to Glasgow, mapping out the most effective route, but failing to remember that you need to get a car before you set off.

With any outcome there are a number of conditions that need to be in place to ensure that you achieve the desired result. You need to know what road blocks you are likely to meet and therefore have strategies in place to overcome them. You also need to know what support and situations you will need to create the conditions that will make the achievement of your goal inevitable.

Inevitability thinking is all about focusing on the conditions that will guarantee the goal is achieved and basing your action plan around creating those conditions. This means that you set up the environment so that the goal is inevitable.

For example, it could be that you have a goal to reduce your weight by a certain amount. There are many ways of achieving this goal and there are many factors that could stop you from doing that. For example, if you predetermine a diet and exercise plan that will ensure that the goal is achieved, then you also need to ensure that you have a strategy in place to ensure that you must follow the plan. This could be in the form of an ‘accountability partner’ – someone that will keep you on track. Choose a good friend and get them to monitor your progress and if you fail to stick to the plan, both you and they have a set forfeit. This means that you both have an incentive to ensure you stick to your plan. It could be that you have to pre-order your food online instead of going to the supermarket because you are likely to ‘treat’ yourself if you go out. It could be that you give the keys to your car to your friend, so that you have to walk to work and you cannot get out of it. All these things are designed to guarantee that you have to stick to your plan, making the outcome inevitable.

If you have a goal to become financially free, then you will have a set amount of passive income you need to be free financially. You now need to look at the conditions that need to be in place for you to achieve that. Once you know the conditions put together an action plan to set up the conditions that make the outcome inevitable. Just like with the weight loss example, you also need to ensure that you have a plan to ensure you stick to your action plan – that way the outcome becomes inevitable.

A key factor in this is a problem solving mind set. Often people look at goals as something to be done or achieved. If you look at it as a puzzle to be solved, then you will use your mind in a different way. We all have a keen ability to problem solve, it is why puzzles, quiz shows and computer games are so popular – they engage the part of the brain that loves a challenge. This part of the mind engages your thinking so that you create a success scenario and from that you build your strategy, your action plan.

The most important factor here is in your thinking. It is about setting your entire life up so that you cannot fail to achieve your goals; turning them from wishes with plans into inevitable outcomes.

This does not mean that you will necessarily get it right the first time – it could be that factors arise that you had not anticipated. If this is the case, you then have to modify the inevitability conditions and your plan to achieve your goals.

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