What could make this plan go wrong?

What could make this plan go wrong?

This one of two questions you should be asking yourself on a regular basis.  The other is "What would happen if things do go wrong?"  these questions are from Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini.

 

But for the basis of this post, the question in the title is what we will focus on.  In trying to understand what will derail the best of plans, you can (to paraphrase a former government official) deal with the known knowns, known unknowns, and be surprised by the unknown unknowns.

 

What you need to plan for is for all the expected problems that will happen along the way.  Doing this plan now, while you have time and energy to consider the issues, will be a road map for when bad things do happen.  You'll have a plan ready.  It probably won't be applicable, but it will show you what you've thought about already, and will expose why it may not be useful today.  But you'll have a plan and the reasons why it won't work all covered.


Then you can spend the resources on a course of action that will address the real problem.