A number of years back Donald Trump and his group was building the Hudson Project in New York City along the Hudson River. Trump and his team had a business plan which detailed all of the specifics that were involved in this project. He would meet with his team on a regular basis to oversee how the project was progressing.
During these meetings something very surprising (and somewhat shocking) was taking place.
Trump instructed his team to find out anything that could possibly go wrong and interfere with his plan. Why was he doing this? Why was Trump taking what seemed like a negative approach on such a large project?
Before I get to that here’s something that may sound familiar to you
I’m sure you’ve heard many times to just be positive and think positive thoughts. Along with this you’ve probably been told to get rid of any negative thinking because it will interfere with the amount of success and financial wealth you can achieve in your life. When it comes to business and having your own successful and profitable business you most likely have heard this as well.
While this may sound like a good strategy to live and run your business by, is it holding you back without you even realizing it? Is positive thinking limiting your business and financial success? Now let’s come back to Donald Trump and what this all has to do with you. Trump specifically hired people to find out everything that could have gone wrong with the Hudson Project and had them come up with contingency plans. Their job was to come up with back-up (contingency) plans on every possible thing that could go wrong so they’d be able to go to “plan B” or “plan C” if those things occurred.
Instead of using “positive thinking” only, Trump was using both positive and negative thinking, which in reality is balanced thinking. It is the positive thinking plus balanced thinking, in the sense of the contingency plans that gets results.
In your business and certainly as part of your business plan, it is incredibly important that you have contingency plans. It is vital that you be prepared and anticipate up front every possible situation that can go right and wrong and have back-up plans for each.
You’ll see this in every profession in some form or another. What it comes down to is:
When you think both positive and negative and you’re clear about your objective(s), while knowing the pros and cons, and you come up with contingency plans for each one, you increase the outcomes of what you want to achieve.
Positive thinking by itself is incomplete and is not how the Universe works. The Universe consists of both positive and negative equally. This isn’t a “bad thing” but rather it’s about having a complete awareness. Instead of being a positive thinker it is much wiser to be a balanced thinker. By doing so you’ll increase the probability of having the type of successful and profitable business you want and this can carry over into any other area of your life as well.
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