Are we more likely to stretch for a significant accomplishment if a contingency plan exists?  Boarding a flight destine to foreign locale, lacing up hiking boots at an empty trailhead, launching a new initiative generates fear.  If reaching the other side is the only option then understanding the options for rescue influence the decision-making.  If we are willing to make forward progress and evaluate as you go along, establishing safety guidelines may be the course of action.  A thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail does not commence the journey without planning stops for re-rations and contingency plans.  They set-off with clarity about the final destination but focused daily on the section of trail in front of them.  It does them no good to dedicate emergency plans to Maine when they start in Georgia.  Knowing where and how to provide contingency plans leverages fear and the unknown.  Fear and safety are co-conspirators.  Understanding how they work allows us to take on remarkable opportunities without being completely cut-off from a contingency plan.

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Appalachian Trail Map

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