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If you have a backup plan, then you’ve already admitted defeat.
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Accept reality and have a backup plan, but always follow your dreams no matter what.
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 superordinat...
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...
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,...
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...
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This is a self-regulatory strategy in the form of an "if-then plan": "If the phone rings, then I’m not going to answer it." "If my friends call me to say we’re going out, I’m going to say no." So you’ve already made these pre-commitments.
A backup plan can help you when you get into a dicey, risk-related situation. As much as we would like to think that all of our ideas are going to work out 100% of the time, they usually don't. In fact, a majority of risks usually result in no change or a slight loss.
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