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Hope for the best, plan for the worst

Hope is a belief that an outcome will occur. Hope and belief foster confidence. Supposedly John Jay (1813) wrote "To hope for the best and prepare for the worst, is a trite but a good maxim." This tip is an English proverb from prior to the 18th Century. The phrase means you should have a good plan that has contingency plans for the bad things that might happen, but you should often expect the best case to happen and believe that your overall plan will be successful.

Hope, desire and positive belief related to a plan builds confidence. Confidence can increase chances for success with a good plan.




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