Viable Reservation

Lookout - Photo by Mario Azzi on Unsplash
Lookout - Photo by Mario Azzi on Unsplash

It is odd to think that with everything anyone ever attempts, they will always have a set amount of reservation about their plans and if it is going to be viable or not. Since there is no such thing as 100% certainty in regards to anything, then there is a 100% certainty that there will always be a set amount of reservation. Oh look, a paradox. Sort of. It’s 1:44AM, go easy on me will ya?

There is a train of thought that most of us know about that suggests if you think you are going to fail, then you subconsciously plan to fail and begin to act accordingly so that you will fail, hence allowing a small amount of fear to set in disguised as ego and say, “See? I was right.”

Yet, you have people like Elon Musk who are always planning to fail. They’ve spoken about it multiple times during interviews. At one point he even expected one of his test launches for a rocket not to work at all. And yet, it never stopped him from continuing and all that work turning into something amazing.

I think the I’ve discovered the trick but have yet to experiment with this to confirm it. You see, expecting something to fail just because you think it is a bad idea or you don’t deserve it or because luck just wouldn’t be on your side, is just a pessimistic way of thinking. It is the kind of thinking that stops so many dreamers from pursuing something amazing due to the idea of being ‘realistic’. If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know how badly that makes my bones itch.

Instead, what should happen is that failure should always be expected not as a result of pessimism but as a result of awareness. An awareness of the fact that there are so many moving variables there will always be something that can change or get in the way. So the most likely of scenarios is taken into account and contingencies are put in place to combat the likely failure scenarios. This in turn makes any reservation a viable one due to its nature of allowing room for error and thus recovering towards the final goal.

Some use contingencies for their contingencies, especially those who’s issues have issues. And some tend to just go with the flow allowing their environment to give them some sort of shape without actually ever stopping them from losing their momentum. To each their own.

The trick I discovered was to use a 50 / 50 mix between the two. Have the contingencies but also go with the flow in the most logical fashion you can in the event none of the backup plans work. Too much of each and it has the potential to destroy your endgame.

Having reservations about something just makes you more careful and that to me is a viable way to move forward as it forcefully keeps you aware. Too much reservation and you don’t move forward. Too much lack there of and you no longer control which way things are going to turn out almost as if you didn’t have a goal to begin with.

Viable reservation is due to the fact that there is no such thing as failure. There is only winning or learning.