This is the insurance or safety net that we imagine will protect us from falling flat on our face or at the very least save our blushes if our weak goals fail to materialise. We have all played this ultimately futile game.
We set out with resolute intentions to attain the object of our desire. I want to lose 10 Kilos we declare to all within earshot, immediately followed by a whisper along the lines of; worst case scenario at least I won't gain any more weight. I want to double my business sales this year, worst case scenario sales revenue goes up by ten percent. I want to run a marathon this year, worst case scenario I'll run a half marathon.
The problem with worst case scenario self talk is that it becomes our default setting. We fool ourselves into thinking that our worst case scenario narrative guarantees a Win. Imagine you had this amazing goal to quadruple your income next year, but worst case scenario is that it only doubles - isn't that a victory? In fact what we've really done is set a goal to double our income - as that is what we've committed to.
Our worst case scenario is the minimum that our self belief will allow us to accept. What we mean is that I am absolutely committed to a worst case scenario but hopeful of achieving more.
Try playing the alternate game. I'll call it best case scenario. Let's accept the fallacy of quantifying our worst possibility. The worst outcome doesn't have a safety net, the worst outcome is always "game over"
Best case scenario thinking requires a completely different mindset. If our best case scenario is to complete a full triathlon within 12 months, our motivation and commitment kicks up a few gears. If our goal is to pay off our house in 7 years, but our best case scenario is to pay it off in 4 years, our inspiration goes a up a few notches because the challenge of possibility thinking induces solution focus.
We would never try to inspire anyone other than ourselves with this philosophy. We can only ever focus on a single dominant thought. Big goals attract the people and resources into our lives that move us inexorably toward their attainment, insurance policies do not make us immune from failure, they merely diminish our resolve