Most of us are ingrained with the notion that we must always have a Plan B.

We’re taught that we absolutely should have “something” to fall back on, just in case our dreams don’t pan out.

But I believe the “Plan B Philosophy” is exactly the thing that prevents us from really reaching our potential, and achieving our dreams.

When I immigrated to Canada from South Africa over twenty years ago, I had no Plan B. I had no other choice but to jump in, boots and all. I left myself no escape route.

And it wasn’t easy. At one point, I found myself backed into a desperate corner with only one month’s rent left in the bank. I recall tense days spent sweating bullets, and sleepless nights spent stressing about my future.

Yup, I’ll admit it. I’m an impulsive person.

I jump at things, follow my heart, take risks — sometimes I rock the boat. All of which has my friends and family shaking their heads in dismay and disbelief… (Actually I think some of them trust me by now!)

But as an admittedly impulsive person, I know we get a bad rap.

You don’t have to search too hard to find psychology textbooks saying negative things about being impulsive, or success gurus warning against it.

But in today’s Jacquie Straight Up, I proudly make a case for impulsivity.

Yes, I know. We’re constantly cautioned against being impulsive throughout our lives by well meaning individuals, and it may make sense for a whole lot of people.

OK. This is totally gross, but this is the headline I read the other day while catching up on Facebook:

“Would you drink puss?”

Ewww! Not a chance. But curiosity got the better of me, so I read on. It turns out the health guru who wrote the article was equating drinking milk to drinking puss.

Really? Such a comparison is ridiculous, in my opinion. And it got my blood boiling.

Prior to the gross “puss” article, I stumbled upon a healthy living TV show where the host and the interviewee were vilifying coffee.

Coffee? So now we’re not supposed to drink COFFEE? Are you friggin’ kidding me? My blood pressure soared. (And not from my coffee!)

As you can tell, I’m a bit fired up this week.

“I dare you.”

“I double-dare you.”

“No, wait, I triple-dare you.”

Remember these words? Such were the childhood challenges we inflicted on each other — ones that pushed us into doing crazy, unimaginable, and sometimes brilliant, things.

So when was the last time you heard these words? Not lately, I would guess.

But sometimes, we need a good dare. And that’s what this week’s Jacquie Straight Up is all about: daring yourself to wholeheartedly embrace the last three quarters of 2014 and really make things happen.

I love this quote, as it really sums up today’s big point:

“To dare is lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare, is to lose oneself.”
~ Soren Kierkgaard

So today, I encourage you to dare yourself to take important risks to further your dreams.

Have you ever been bummed down with self doubt?

I certainly have. Many times in fact.

One day, I can bee all excited about a big idea, rearing to go! But then sometimes the next day, I doubt my ability to pull it off, and start to question myself.

Self-doubt is soon joined by its nasty sidekicks Fear and Procastination, and before too long, we can be paralyzed with anxiety and retreat back to our safe zone.

Sound familiar?

If you want to know how to really kick self doubt, fear, and procastination to the curb, all in one fell swoop, watch the video above, now.

As you’ll see, mantras and affirmations are incredibly powerful. And don’t tune me out because you think this is a bit nutty.