The Backup Plan Paradox - Deepstash
The Backup Plan Paradox

The Backup Plan Paradox

Curated from: psychologytoday.com

Ideas, facts & insights covering these topics:

7 ideas

·

531 reads

1

Explore the World's Best Ideas

Join today and uncover 100+ curated journeys from 50+ topics. Unlock access to our mobile app with extensive features.

The Key Points

The Key Points

Backup plans can undermine goal pursuit by devaluing the rewards associated with achieving a goal, thus reducing motivation.

Backup plans draw tangible and psychological resources away from your primary goal in both the planning and execution stages.

Students can focus on superordinate and concurrent goals as ways to have backup plans while limiting their impact on motivation and performance.

13

112 reads

MILEY CYRUS

Accept reality and have a backup plan, but always follow your dreams no matter what.

MILEY CYRUS

13

108 reads

HENRY CAVILL

If you have a backup plan, then you’ve already admitted defeat.

HENRY CAVILL

15

106 reads

The Problem With A Backup Plan

The Problem With A Backup Plan

  • A backup plan is self-sabotage, imbuing doubt in the value of our goal and/or our ability to complete it.
  • Backup plans can devalue the rewards that come from achieving a goal and, thus, demotivate you to complete that goal. 
  • Backup plans undermine our goals by gobbling up finite resources.
  • Goal shielding refers to the automatic, subconscious process by which our brains inhibit intrusive thoughts so that we can focus on goal pursuit.

12

54 reads

Sunk Cost Fallacy

Sunk Cost Fallacy

One may become biased toward the backup plan due to the sunk cost fallacy. Although this phenomenon normally refers to our tendency to stick to plans longer than we should because we’ve invested heavily in them (i.e., “throwing good money after bad”), the more resources we commit to our backup plan, the more likely we are to change course. So creating a backup plan often begets using the backup plan.

13

54 reads

Two Key Strategies: Superordinate Goals

Two Key Strategies: Superordinate Goals

Backup plans are risky business. They decrease desire and commitment to the initial goal, create an additional cognitive burden, and ultimately hinder performance. 

Nobody wants to be a nurse, teacher, or engineer in a vacuum. Students learn in order to help other people, expand knowledge, build things, or satisfy other self-relevant needs while also earning a living wage. Discussing important decisions in service of students’ superordinate goals may help them stay focused on what really matters, even if they need to switch their major, program, or career path in order to achieve it.

12

50 reads

Two Key Strategies: Pursue Concurrent Goals

Two Key Strategies: Pursue Concurrent Goals

Superordinate goals can also afford the opportunity to pursue concurrent goals.

For example, if you want to lose weight, you can consume fewer calories and exercise more; it’s not an either-or situation and neither strategy must be relegated to “backup plan.” But students can only take so many classes at once and often cannot be in two programs simultaneously. To the extent possible, colleges should facilitate and nudge students toward classes, internships, and other experiences that help them progress toward both Plans A and B.

12

47 reads

IDEAS CURATED BY

maxwellad

Solve the problem or leave the problem. But…… Do not live with the problem.

Maxwell D.'s ideas are part of this journey:

Productivity Systems

Learn more about personaldevelopment with this collection

How to set achievable goals

How to create and stick to a schedule

How to break down large projects into smaller manageable tasks

Related collections

Similar ideas

Read & Learn

20x Faster

without
deepstash

with
deepstash

with

deepstash

Personalized microlearning

100+ Learning Journeys

Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.

Email

I agree to receive email updates